Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/9/13
Matt Rambo had five goals and an assist and Colin MacDougall made 12 saves as host La Salle toppled Radnor 12-8 today in a battle of the top-rated PIAA teams in the Phillylacrosse.com Rankings.
La Salle, ranked No. 3, improved to 15-2 while sixth-ranked Radnor closed its regular season at 15-3.
The Explorers seized a 6-2 lead and led 12-5 until the Red Raiders struck for three late goals.
“It’s just a little confidence builder. This whole week, we’ve been working so hard and to come out and play really well for three quarters – I wouldn’t say four quarters, three solid quarters – it’s good. But I think we can work better and I think we can work smarter on the field.
Rambo was asked if the win gives his team an edge heading into the post season.
“It’s definitely a confidence-builder,” he said.
Sean Coleman and Jeff Cimbalista each had two goals and two assists for the Explorers, who overcame a strong game at the face-off X by Radnor’s Jake Shapiro (17 of 21).
“With Sean back, it pops off a lot of pressure,” said Rambo of Coleman, who came back three weeks ago from a football-related injury. “I got one early. I was just dodging and my shots were falling today. I was surprised.”
Jack Wilson led the Raiders with three goals and Mike Cherry had two goals and an assist while Connor Burns added a goal and an assist.
La Salle 12, Radnor 8
La Salle 3-3-2-4 – 12
Radnor 1-0-2-5 – 8
Sean Coleman 2g, 2a
Matt Rambo 5g, 1a
Jeff Cimbalista 2g, 2a
Michael Rihm 1g
Trent Melsheimer 1g
Brian McNamara 1g
Colin MacDougall 12 saves
Jack Wilson 3g
Mike Cherry 2g 1a
Connor Burns 1g 1a
Tom Hemcher 2a
Peter Donato 1g
Chris Albany 1g
Dan Maxwell 1a
Jake Shapiro 17-21 FO
Brendan Manderack 6 saves