By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/30/12
Last week, after her Radnor High team had defeated defending state champion Garnet Valley in the semifinal round of the district tournament, Red Raiders coach Brooke Fritz said that junior Shannon Quinn had been her team’s “go-to girl” in the second half of the season.
Wednesday afternoon in the opening round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament at West Chester East High’s Zimmerman Stadium, Radnor went to Quinn with the game on the line – and she delivered again.
Quinn scored the game-winning goal against Garnet Valley last week, then Wednesday she fired in the shot that lifted the District 1 champion Red Raiders past Hatboro-Horsham, District 1’s seventh seed, 15-14.
The win advances Radnor (20-4) into the state quarterfinals Saturday against the Wyoming Seminary-Cocalico winner at a site and time to be determined.
Quinn finished with four goals and Taryn Deck and Natalie Miller both got three goals and one assist for Radnor while Cortnee Daley scored six goals and Lizzie Carr added five for Hatboro-Horsham, which led, 14-11, with 6:24 to play.
Quinn scored twice in 30 seconds, the first an 8-meter shot and the second assisted by Deck, to cut the Hatters’ advantage to one goal. With 1:45 left, senior Amelie Yeager stepped to the 8-meter line and connected to pull Radnor even. Hatboro-Horsham (19-5) goalie Jackie Giovanazzo was not in front of the goal when the foul was called.
“I didn’t realize there was no one in goal until I looked up,” Yeager, who is headed to Lafayette, said. “I was just so in the zone.”
The Hatters took advantage of 20 Radnor fouls and one yellow card as well as some early draw controls to own much of the play for the first two-thirds of the second half. Deck made one of the biggest plays of the day for Radnor when she came up with the draw after Yeager’s goal.
Radnor patiently worked the ball around until Quinn decided to go to goal.
“I couldn’t really tell how much time was left,” Quinn said. “I just knew there wasn’t much. I tried to roll the crease, and I got checked in the head.”
As her twin sister, Taylor, told her to get up, Quinn regained her composure then waited at the 8-meter line for the whistle.
“Everyone was trying to give me advice,” she said. “I just tried to shoot it. One of their players hit the ball with her stick, but I was glad it still went in.”
Fritz was happy her team battled through its mistakes and some strong play by Hatboro-Horsham to advance in the state tournament.
“They took us out of our game,” Fritz said. “We finally stopped all our errors and did what we had to do.”
Radnor got within one goal when Quinn scored while the Red Raiders were a player short because of a yellow card.
“I think some of the reason why we played like we did was because we beat that team like we did (in districts),” Yeager said.
Her coach agreed.
“The last time we played them we got up by 13 goals and everyone got some playing time,” Fritz said. “Maybe we took too much for granted this time. We have to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
Hatboro-Horsham’s Daley was disappointed her team didn’t get a state tounament win.
“We came here determined we could get it done,” she said. “We played hard and made it tough for them. It was a game all of us wanted to win.”
Radnor 15, Hatboro-Horsham 14
Hatboro-Horsham 8 6 – 14
Radnor 10 5 – 15
Hatboro-Horsham – Cortnee Daley 6G 1A, Lizzy Carr 5 G, Caroline Hagan 1G 1A, Rachel Rausa 1G, Nicole Beck 1G.
Radnor – Shannon Quinn 4G, Natalie Miller 3G 1A, Taryn Deck 3G 1A, Libby Lowry 1G 4A, Kristen Norden 1G 1A, Taylor Quinn 1G, Moira Mahoney 1G, Amelie Yeager 1G.
Saves – Hatboro-Horsham: Jackie Giovanazzo 5. Radnor: Colleen Packer 3, Grace Collins 4.