By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/2/12
After he had talked to his players, Harriton coach George Dick accepted the fact that his Rams had just concluded their season with a 12-11 loss to defending champion Garnet Valley at West Chester East High Saturday.
He wasn’t happy that the setback had come in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament.
“We had a great season,” Dick said. “It’s just a shame it ended when it did. This game should have been the state final.”
Defending PIAA champion Garnet Valley has the chance to qualify to play in the title game for the second straight time when it takes on District 1 champion Radnor at Haverford High Tuesday. The Jaguars, who beat Harriton in a Central League overtime game, lost to the Rams in the district tournament’s third-place game, and beat them Saturday, are 1-1 with Radnor this spring, having won in the regular season and lost in the semifinals of the district tourney.
“We know from the last time we played them how much all the little things count,” Garnet Valley senior defender Missy Koscinski said. “I hope we learned from that game.”
Saturday, Jags senior Allyson Heavens made the most of what she had learned about being a competitor from her father Dan, who has played and coached football at Chichester High.
“My dad always tells me to take control,” said Heavens, who scored the winning goal with 22 seconds to play, 37 seconds after Jessica Schwab (five goals, one assist and her 400th career point) had pulled Harriton, which trailed by three goals with 6:42 left, even in the closing minute.
“We talked at halftime about how we were going to win this game,” Heavens said. “We had to keep doing things that would give us a chance.”
Sophomore Haley Warden, who scored the first goal of the second half for Garnet Valley, which trailed at halftime, 6-4, earned key second-half draw controls for the Jaguars.
“That’s what my job is,” Warden said. “And I have to make sure I get the ball to the offense safely.”
The safest thing for the Jags to do Saturday was give the ball to senior Halley Barnes, who scored five goals and had one assist.
“I didn’t want this to be our last game,” Barnes said. “There were so many little things we could do better. We didn’t want to leave anything out there and be sorry about it.”
Heavens and Ashley Pyle had two goals apiece and AnnaElise Morello had a goal and three assists for Garnet Valley. Caleigh Foust backed up Schwab with four goals and two assists for Harriton.
“Our defense deserves a lot of credit,” said Garnet Valley head coach Kate Henwood, who got solid contributions at the defensive end of the field from goalie Kate Stroup (eight saves), Coley Ricci, Missy Koscinsi, Heavens, Lizahn Visser and Julia McGrath.
“We trusted they could hold (Harriton) down while we got back into the game. Everyone helped us get this win. Now we know what a challenge it will be trying to get the next win.”
Garnet Valley 12, Harriton 11
Garnet Valley 4 8 – 12
Harriton 6 5 – 11
Garnet Valley: Halley Barnes 5G 1A, Allyson Heavens 2G 1A, Ashley Pyle 2G, Sabrina Fusco 1G, Haley Warden 1G, Annaelise Morello 1g, 3a, Dana Davis 1A.
Harriton: Jessica Schwab 5G 1A, Caleigh Foust 4G 2A, Katie Melvin 1G 1A, Jane Henderson 1G.
Saves – Garnet Valley: Kate Stroup 8. Harriton: Melina Avery 8.