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District 1 boys’ playoffs: Great Valley continues run, downs Hatboro-Horsham, 8-1, in quarters

Saturday, 19th May 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  

By James Boyle, Posted 5/19/12

Tim Lamb scored four goals and Great Valley continued its stunning run through the District 1 playoffs this morning as the 20th-seeded Patriots rolled past fifth-seeded Hatboro-Horsham, 8-1, in the District 1 boys’ lacrosse quarterfinals at Harriton High.

The Patriots (14-7) advance to meet the winner of the Conestoga-Radnor game, being played at noon today at Harriton. Great Valley’s semifinal game will be Tuesday at Radnor High at 6 p.m.

“We just worked the ball, we had a couple nice takes by Tyler Greg and me, scored goals and won,” said Lamb. “[We are] going to states.”

Greg Merrill opened the scoring with 7:57 left in the first quarter. The Patriots would lead for the remainder of the game.

Hatboro-Horsham was held scoreless through the first half thanks to stellar goalkeeping from Peter Hayes, who had 10 saves.

“The defense played solid all day… we just played solid team defense. They did it all for me,” said Hayes. “In States, with all the momentum and the talent we have, I think we can really make a run for it.”

Jake Durkin had Hatboro-Horsham’s only goal during a man advantage, but it came with just under two minutes left in the third period when the Hatters were already down by four goals.

“The first half was exactly how I expected [Great Valley] to play, said Hatboro Horsham head coach John Kurek. “Their offense is a talented offense, all six guys that are on the field.

“They make smart decisions with the ball. Our defense was taught ‘you guys got to make smart decisions on defense… and they did that.”

Kurek said his team must simply regroup

“I told them that they need to understand that we’re still playing,” he said. “You get to this point in the tournament and you’re going to play all the big guys and the district gets five seeds, so now we enter this little tournament to try and get this last seed.

“It’s not over, you guys have to make a decision to commit to the team… one more loss though, and we’re out.”

Mack Hasz scored once and Lamb had three goals in the final quarter to pad Great Valley’s lead.

Noah Joseph scored once and had two assists. Tyler Haines had one goal and one assist.

Great Valley 8, Hatboro-Horsham 1

Greg Merrill 1 goal
Tim Lamb 4 goals
Noah Joseph 1 goal, 2 assists
Tyler Haines 1 goal, 1 assist
Mack Hasz 1 goal
Peter Hayes 10 saves


Jake Durkin 1 goal
Marc Poust 5 saves



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