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District 1 boys’ quarterfinals: Top-seeded Radnor rallies past Great Valley, 10-8

Sunday, 19th May 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  

By James Boyle, Posted 5/19/13

Alex Manderack scored five goals and Peter Donato had four goals and three assists as top-seeded Radnor erupted for five goals in the final quarter to claim a 10-8 victory Saturday over Great Valley in the District 1 boys’ quarterfinals at Harriton.

The Red Raiders (17-3) advance to Tuesday’s semifinal matchup at home with fifth-seeded Garnet Valley at 7:30 p.m.

Radnor never led Saturday’s game until the fourth quarter when Donato tied it, 6-6, and then fed Manderack for a 7-6 lead following a key caused turnover and groundball by Dan Maxwell.

“It all comes down to leadership,” said Manderack. “Peter Donato started us off being aggressive.”

Eighth-seeded Great Valley (16-5) will travel to fourth-seeded Upper Dublin for a playback game Tuesday at 4 p.m. The winner of that game must win once more to gain the fifth and final state berth.

The Patriots took an early 2-0 lead on tallies by Greg Merrill (one goal, three assists) and Tyler Haines (two goals). They led, 5-3, at halftime.

“Sometimes it seems that we don’t get a full four-quarter game offensively and defensively,” said Donato. “Sometimes it takes us a little while to get going. That’s just something we’ve got to work on going forward.

“Sometimes it starts with a save from Brendan [Manderack] or it comes from Jake [Shapiro] on the faceoff. I think it comes from our transition.”

Radnor 10, Great Valley 8

Radnor 1-2-2-5 – 10
Great Valley 2-3-1-2 – 8


Peter Donato 4g, 3a
Alex Manderack 5g
Mike Cherry 1g, 1a
Tom Hemcher 2a
Connor Burns 1a
Jake Shapiro 1a FO 10-21
Brendan Manderack 7 saves

Great Valley
Greg Merrill 1g, 3a
Tim Lamb 3g
Tyler Haines 2g
Noah Joseph 1g, 1a
Ethan Joseph 1a
Brian Wagner FO 11-21
Peter Hayes 12 saves

Timmy Lamb led Great Valley with three goals.

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