By James Boyle
Philylacrosse.com, Posted 6/5/12
Bradlee Lord led a balanced attack with two goals and two assists as Conestoga defeated Radnor, 10-2, today at Harriton High to advance to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic association (PIAA) boys’ lacrosse championship for the fourth time in the four-year history of the game.
The District 1 champion Pioneers (22-3) led from start to finish and held a 7-1 halftime edge.
Conestoga will play La Salle in the state final on Saturday at 3 p.m. at HersheyPark Stadium. The Pioneers won the last two PIAA crowns (over St. Joseph’s Prep last year and La Salle in 2010) and fell to La Salle in the 2009 final.
Jake Scott added two goals and an assist for Conestoga while Tyler Brooke scored twice.
Miles Thomas, the long stick midfielder, had a goal and an assist and was a major disrupter on defense. Brody Shea (six saves) and Robbie Zonino (four saves) combined for the win.
Thomas, in fact, scored just 17 seconds into the action and Conestoga never looked back. Connor Frisina and Alex Mezey each added goals in the first quarter to help the Pioneers to an early 3-0 lead.
“There’s no better feeling. I’m glad we’ve got four more days together,” said Lord. “This was what our goal was from the beginning so we’ve got one more step in the road.”
Radnor struggled to break through to the Pioneers’ defense and were held scoreless in the first and fourth quarters.
Radnor (18-8), which made it to the state finals as the No. 5 finisher in District 1, got two goals from Ben Junior and 13 saves from Brendan Manderack.
“Their defense was excellent, their goalies played well,” said Radnor coach John Begier. “They’re so unselfish on offense. They really brought their ‘A’ game.
“It was a tough day for us, but we’ve got a lot to be proud of. Our guys made an unbelievable run.”
Radnor was able to control much of the pace in the second half and was strong at the face-off X behind All-American Michael Barnes, but they failed to capitalize on many of their opportunities.
“I think that’s a credit to our defense,” said Conestoga head coach Brian Samson. “They get a lot of extra possessions and our defense just was patient. They made a ton of plays and we got stops when we needed to and we got transitions goals on the other end.”
Conestoga 10, Radnor 2
Conestoga 3-4-2- 1-10
Radnor 0-1-1-0- 2
Bradlee Lord 2g, 2a
Jake Scott 2g, 1a
Tyler Brooke 2g
Jordan Klunder 1g, 1a
Miles Thomas 1g, 1a
Alex Mezey 1g
Connor Frisina 1g
Brody Shea 6 saves
Robbie Zonino 4 saves
Ben Junior 2g
Kevin Riley 1a
Brendan Manderack 13 saves