Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/24/13
Penn Charter completed a monumental weekend of lacrosse today as it defeated a nationally-ranked team on the road for the second time in three days, topping St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (VA), 9-8, on Kevin Murphy’s fifth goal of the game in the final minutes.
The Quakers (2-3) had defeated Landon School (MD), 6-5 on Friday at the LacrossePlayground Spring Classic at Towson University.
Entering play this week Landon was ranked No. 11 by TopLaxRecruits.com Lacrosse Magazine, No. 15 by Inside Lacrosse and No. 18 by Lacrosse Magazine. St. Stephen’s was ranked No. 16 by Lacrosse Magazine and No. 24 by Inside Lacrosse.
PC was 0-3 entering the week after defeats to MIAA powers Loyola Blakefield, Boys’ Latin and McDonogh, but is quickly making a name for itself thanks to an emerging defense and a freshman goalie, Sean McKee – who had 17 saves.
“We’ve been talking about getting better each week,” said PC coach Pat McDonough. “We went down to Loyola (15-5 loss) with a lot of young guys that maybe weren’t ready for the faster speed of the game.
“We got back to practice and got a little bit better against Boys’ Latin (11-3 loss to the No 1 team in the country). It was hard to see we were much better against a team that good, but we had opportunities.
“We did even better against McDonogh (10-6 loss) and then in the Landon game it all came together – all the stuff we were working on happened. That was a big confidence booster. You practice, practice, practice, but when you go out and get results, it makes you buy in a little more.”
PC opened up a 7-3 lead at halftime by outscoring the 3-2 saints 4-0 in the second period. St. Stephen’s did manage to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but Murphy won it with about 3:25 to play.
James Vandegrift scored two goals and Ray Vandegrift (St. Joseph’s signee) added one while long pole Charles Giunta (St. Joseph’s signee) scored once, won six face-offs, and picked eight groundballs while covering Maryland-bound Isaiah Davis-Allen.
“Charles has been the glue to this defense,” said McDonough. “He is the captain, he takes face-offs, he covers the top offensive player and he leads the defense. He has been fantastic and is keeping us moving forward.”
McDonough also praised the young defense of junior Steven Gottlieb and sophomores Rob Keehfuss (Fairfield), Pat McInerney and Frank McGlinchey.
Penn Charter 9, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (VA) 8
Penn Charter 3-4-1-1- – 9
St. Stephen’s & St Agnes 3-0-3-2 -8
Kevin Murphy 5g, 1 a
James Vandegrift 2g
Ray Vandegrift 1g
Charles Giunta 1g won 6 FO, 8GBs
Dean Roseman 3a
Nick Bambino 1a
Sean McKee 17 saves
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