By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/23/12
Taylor Quinn didn’t feel well Tuesday night.
Instead it was twin sister Shannon Quinn who turned out to be the one that left the Garnet Valley players, coaches and fans feeling ill. Quinn, a Radnor High junior, tossed in five goals, with the last coming 13.8 seconds before the final whistle, as third-seeded Radnor (18-4) knocked off No. 2 Garnet Valley (20-2), 13-12, in a District One Tournament semifinal game at West Chester Henderson High.
The Red Raiders will take on eighth-seeded Conestoga, a 9-7 upset winner over Harriton in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Henderson, in the district title game at 6 p.m. Thursday at West Chester East High after Garnet Valley and Harriton play for third place.
All four teams will compete in the PIAA Girls’ Lacrosse Tournament, which begins Wednesday, May 30. Radnor won the first two PIAA titles (2009 and 2010) and Garnet Valley is the defending state champion.
“Usually I get sick before Taylor does,” Shannon Quinn said after her teammates and coaches had finished celebrating her big goal. “This time, I didn’t get sick, so I’m hoping I’ll be all right for Thursday’s game.”
That game will be a rematch of the teams’ April 19 meeting, which went to the Pioneers, 15-7.
“That game really helped us get things turned around,” second-year Radnor head coach Brooke Fritz said. “We’re a different team than we were that day.”
Radnor certainly was different from the team that lost at Garnet Valley when the teams met in a Central League game last month. The Red Raiders led that game at halftime, but Garnet Valley controlled the play in the second half and won, 11-8.
“We made mistakes in the second half and that cost us the last time,” Fritz said. “This time, we made mistakes in the first half, but we came back in the second half.”
Garnet Valley led this time at halftime, 8-6, with Jaguars senior Halley Barnes getting all four of her goals and Allyson Heavens chipping in with two of her four assists.
Quinn had scored late in the first half to cut Radnor’s deficit to two goals, but Haley Warden and Heavens quickly built the Jags’ advantage back to four goals in the opening 1:26 of the second half.
Quinn hit on a pair of 8-meter shots to help the Red Raiders get their comeback started. Natalie Miller’s third goal of the game got Radnor even with 10 minutes left.
AnnaElise Morello picked up her third goal for Garnet Valley with 8:53 to play, but the Jags did not score again. Sara Curley pulled Radnor into a tie with 4:05 to play, and Quinn finished the second in the final minute.
“I rolled the crease, got off a shot and it went in,” Quinn said. “It’s great to get the win in this game.”
Garnet Valley coach Kate Henwood saw her team win four games in a row after a district final loss to Downingtown East last spring.
“You know you’re going to have to beat these teams to get through this tournament,” Henwood said. “Tonight Radnor just wanted it more in the second half.”
Radnor 13, Garnet Valley 12
Radnor 6 7 – 13
Garnet Valley 8 4 – 12
Radnor: Shannon Quinn 5G, Natalie Miller 3G 1A, Taryn Deck 2G, Kristen Norden 1G 1A, Libby Lowry 1G, Sara Curley 1G.
Garnet Valley: Halley Barnes 4G, Annaelise Morello 3G 1A, Haley Warden 2G, Allyson Heavens 1G 4A, Kara Stroup 1G, Erica Coyne 1G.
Saves—Radnor: Grace Collins 6, Garnet Valley: Kate Stroup 10.