By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/18/13
Springfield-Delco was putting the finishing touches on its 13-9 Central League victory today over Garnet Valley when the players on the Cougars’ sideline held up a sign.
The other members of the Springfield coaching staff made head coach Keith Broome turn around to see that the sign was announcing to the fans on the other side of the field that Broome had just earned his 300th victory as Cougars head coach.
The win kept the Cougars in a tie for first place in the Central League at 5-1 (8-1 overall). The Jaguars fell to 2-4 in the league and 5-4 overall.
“It’s been great coaching girls teams all these years,” said Broome, who has been Springfield’s head coach since 1996 and also has coached girls basketball at E.T. Richardson Middle School for a number of years.
“I saw some of my former players the other day, and it’s great they are still in the area. Today, Aly Adams was here as an assistant coach at Garnet Valley. Jenna Werley is assistant coach at Strath Haven, Marie Carter is the coach at West Chester East, and her assistant is Rebecca Hartrum, who also played for me. Julianna Jeffers is coaching at Temple University and Laura King coached at Harriton before going back to school to study nursing. It’s wonderful to see how much all of them loved the game and wanted to stay a part of it.”
Springfield-Delco senior Alex Poplawski, who left Halderman Field after the game to head to the Delco Athletes Hall of Fame dinner, where she was honored as one of Delaware County’s outstanding student-athletes, had Broome as her basketball coach then followed her sister, Madison, to the Springfield varsity team.
“Mrs. (Sandy) Carter (Springfield assistant) told us before practice Wednesday that if beat Garnet Valley, it would be Mr. Broome’s 300th win,” Poplawski said. “But they didn’t want us making a big thing about it, and I don’t think I really thought about it until I saw that sign.”
Poplawski scored four goals and sophomore Emily Santana chipped in with three for Springfield, which improved to 5-1 and maintained a share of first place in the Central League. Autumn Spence chipped in with two goals and two assists, and Emily Paulus and Kate Ryan also got two goals.
“I’m happy because we hadn’t been able to beat them the last two years,” Broome said. “We went the last 18 minutes of the first half without scoring. Courtney O’Connell made some big saves for us, and we worked hard on attack in that second half.”
Springfield had a three-goal lead with 21 minutes left in the second half, then ran off five goals in the next 10 minutes while holding Garnet Valley off the scoreboard. Poplawski scored two of those goals and Santana had a goal and an assist.
“We’ve worked so hard on moving the ball more rather than just going one-on-one,” Poplawski said.
Freshman Emily Mathewson was Garnet Valley’s leader with four goals and one assist, and Julia McGrath scored twice.
“I played soccer with Taylor (Broome, Keith’s daughter),” Adams said. “I knew (Broome) then, and I had a lot of fun playing for him. I learned the game of lacrosse from him and was really looking forward to coming back here today.”
Springfield-Delco 13, Garnet Valley 9
Garnet Valley 3 6 – 9
Springfield 5 8 – 13
Garnet Valley: Emily Mathewson 4G 1A, Julia McGrath 2G, Ashley Pyle 1G 1A, Dana Davis 1G, Sabrina Fusco 1G.
Springfield-Delco: Alex Poplawski 4G 1A, Emily Santana 3G 1A, Autumn Spence 2G 2A, Emily Paulus 2G 1A, Kate Ryan 2G.
Saves – Garnet Valley: Paige Mitros 10. Springfield: Courtney O’Connell 6.