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District 1 boys’ playbacks: Great Valley, Downingtown East to meet for last berth

Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 5/22/13

Noah Joseph scored on a Greg Merrill assist with two seconds remaining in regulation to lift Great Valley to an 11-10 victory over host Upper Dublin Tuesday in a District 1 boys’ lacrosse playback.

The eighth-seeded Patriots (17-5) will face Downingtown East Thursday at 4 p.m. at Harriton for District 1’s the fifth and final PIAA berth. East toppled Springfield-Delco, 13-10.

Great Valley fell behind 5-1 in the first quarter, but scored five straight goals to seize a 6-5 lead. The Cards later led, 8-7, but against Great Valley fought back and with the score tied, 10-10, Niall Durkan forced a key turnover and Merrill (four goals, three assists) then found Joseph for the game-winner.

Ethan Joseph scored three goals and Tim Lamb had a pair for Great Valley.

Mike Rama led the Cards with four goals and goalie Jack Deragon made 17 saves.

Downingtown East 13, Springfield-Delco 10

The second-seeded Cougars forced the fifth-place showdown with their Ches-Mont foes as Brandyn O’Connell had three goals and two assists and Kyle Lauletta added three goals and an assist.

Steve Halko had four goals and an assist and Luke Spence three goals and one assist for Springfield-Delco.Spence 3g, 1a

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