By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4.24.12
From start to finish, Garnet Valley maintained a level of intensity that is to be expected from the defending state champion.
Playing their most-consistent 50 minutes in several weeks, the Jaguars remained unbeaten with a 13-8 decision over Springfield (Delco) at Moe DeFrank Stadium Tuesday night, snapping the Cougars’ seven-game winning streak.
Garnet Valley (7-0 league) has won 12 in a row this season and 16 straight over two years. Springfield, ranked sixth in the state, fell to 9-2 overall and 5-2 against Central League opponents.
Halley Barnes, who won a pair of games with overtime goals last week, tossed in five shots in the first half and finished with six goals to pace the Garnet Valley attack. Annaelise Morello added three goals and three assists, and Ally Heavens chipped in with one goal and set up teammates for six others. Springfield got two goals from Kate Ryan, Maddy Lynch and Alex Poplawski, while Nathalie Basunga contributed one goal and two assists for the Cougars.
Garnet Valley goalie Kate Stroup turned away 15 shots, and Coley Ricci headed up the Jaguars’ defense, taking a charge at a key point in the game with 10 minutes to play.
“We came out to play from the beginning,” Barnes said. “I know I have cousins from Springfield, and I’ll have something to talk about when I text them.
“This was about everyone on our team, from the scoring leaders to the people on the bench who were so good supporting us and helping making this win possible.”
Barnes’ solid first half helped the Jaguars to a 7-3 lead. Springfield got to within one (8-7) as Poplawski scored her two goals midway through the second half, prompting Garnet Valley head coach Kate Henwood to call a timeout.
Barnes and Morello (assisted by Heavens) came back with goals 41 seconds apart, and Ashley Pyle added a score 27 seconds after Morello’s to build GV’s lead back to four.
Not long after, Ricci stood her ground as Lynch tried to go to goal, and Garnet Valley used the boost it got from the turnover to run time off the clock.
“Our coaches are always making the point that we need to take charges,” Ricci said. “It can really be an energy booster.”
Ricci’s play made her head coach very happy.
“That’s a game-changing play she made,” Henwood said of Ricci, her junior defender. “Possession after a turnover like that is big. Springfield had the momentum, so it was up to us to control the ball and cool them down. And Kate Stroup did an awesome job.”
Ricci, Julia McGrath, Molly Savage, Heavens, Missy Koscinski, Kara Stroup and Lizahn Visser were among the defenders getting the job done in front of Stroup.
“They played great, and it helps having them keeping people away from you,” Kate Stroup said. “(Springfield) can put the pressure on you. It’s good to know I’ll have help, and that’s what makes my job a little easier.”
Springfield made good use of the 8-meter shot to get back in the game.
“I got a couple saves on them,” Stroup said. “You have to have stops in a game like this.”
Garnet Valley 13, Springfield-Delco 8
Garnet Valley 7-6—13
Springfield: Kate Ryan 2G 1A, Maddy Lynch 2G, Alex Poplawski 2G, Nathalie Basunga 1G, 2A, Tori Grossi 1G, Aly Gormley 1A.
Garnet Valley: Halley Barnes 6G, Annaelise Morello 3G 3A, Ally Heavens 1G 6A, Haley Warden 1G, Ashley Pyle 1G, Dana Davis 1G.
Springfield—Chrissy Hughes 7
Garnet Valley—Kate Stroup 15