Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/24/13
Ethan Joseph scored five goals and Greg Merrill had four goals and an assist as Great Valley defeated Ches-Mont League rival Downingtown East for the first time very and gained the fifth and final District 1 berth for the PIAA tournament.
The eighth-seeded Patriots (18-5) advance to play District 1 runner-up Garnet Valley in the first round of the state tourney Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.
Tyler Haines added three goals for the Pats and Dylan Buettner had a goal and four assists.
The two teams had tied with Avon Grove (District 1 champion) and Bishop Shanahan for the league title this year.
Great Valley seized a 12-5 third-quarter lead until inclement weather caused a delay. The Cougars (14-8) fought back to make it closer as Brandyn O’Connell collected five goals and two assists
District 1 5th-Place Playback
Great Valley 14, Downingtown East 10
Ethan Joseph 5g
Greg Merrill 4g 1a
Dillan Buettner 1g 4a
Tyler Haines 3G
Noah Joseph 2a
Tim Lamb 1g
Peter Hayes 14 saves
O’Connell 5g, 2a
J. Risser 1g
Meakim 1g, 1a
Marx 13 saves