Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/8/12
The Ashbee U15A lacrosse team won the Chester County Lacrosse Association U15A championship by defeating Lionville, 9-7, on Wednesday at United Sports in Downingtown.
Ashbee entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed after an impressive regular season. Ashbee opened the tourney by defeating Abington, 6-2, in the first round and then had an exciting 11-10 come-from-behind overtime victory over the Collegeville Cougars in the semifinal match.
In the finals, Ashbee spotted Lionville a 3-1 lead early in the first quarter. Then the Ashbee defense came up big, as it has done all year, in the 2nd quarter. It held off Lionville despite a 2-man up advantage. The game was knotted 4-4 at halftime. Ashbee went on a four-goal run in the third to take an 8-4 lead into the fourth quarter. Despite a late surge by Lionville, Ashbee held on to capture its first CCLA title since joining the league in 2011.
The victory was a complete team effort, led by clutch goalie Ian Walsh and a dominant defense led by Matt Binnion, Andrew Westby, Andrew Fine, James O’Diorne and Luke Nichols. Ashbee controlled at the X and on groundballs with Kyle Scheuerle, Luke McCallion, Bernie Halfpenny and Alec Haas. The offense was led by a balanced attack that saw six different players score goals.
The Ashbee scoring was led by:
Johnny Nostrant (3 goals), Keyveat Postell (2 goals), Peter Gayhardt 1 Goal, 1 Assist, Alec Haas (1 Goal), Kyle Scheuerle (1 Goal, 1 Assist, 7/10 FO), Luke McCallion (1 Goal 6/8 FO), Griffin Flemming (1 Assist), and Vij Sivalingan (1 Assist).
The Ashbee team consisted of 18 boys that played well together all year: Michael Bernicker, Drew Silvera, Eric Haab, Griffin Flemming, Peter Gayhardt, Vij Sivalingan, Luke McCallion, Alec Haas, Keyveat Postell, Kyle Scheuerle, John Nostrant, Bernie Halfpenny, Andrew Westby, Andrew Fine, Luke Nichols, Matt Binnion, James O’Diorne, and Ian Walsh. Jason Christmas, Chris Mandarino, Joe Walsh and Ed McCallion coached the team.