By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/11/13
Caleigh Foust did not want to go to the sideline after being struck in the head by the ball with 21 minutes to play in Harriton’s Central League game at Conestoga’s Teamer Field this afternoon.
Foust has missed playing time this spring while dealing with a sore hip and some of the other after-effects from a jet-ski accident she sufferered in Bermuda last summer, which might help explain why she remained on the sideline for just under two minutes.
Foust didn’t score after she got back on the field, but she had done enough damage in the first 30 minutes of play, tossing in six shots in the opening half and two in the first five minutes after intermission as the visiting Rams (6-1, 3-1) handed the Pioneers their first loss, 13-10.
“I played field hockey last fall,” Foust, who has committed to the University of Virginia to play hockey, said. “The running in lacrosse is a little different than running bent over like you do in hockey. That’s why my hip started bothering me again this season.”
Foust and goalie Melina Avery (concussion) were out of the lineup earlier in the season, and Harriton coach George Dick did what he could to patch together a lineup that had won all of its games except the Central League opener, an 11-8 setback against Springfield (Delco).
“This was the first time we had everyone out there,” Dick said. “The kids have played hard, and they know what we come up against in the Central League. We can see teams like this again in districts and states. Conestoga is an awesome team. They came back from 7-1 down to beat Springfield, and Springfield had beaten us.
“It’s going to be like that all through the league season. We still haven’t played Garnet Valley, Strath Haven or Radnor. That’s why playing in this league can be so much fun. You know you have to come ready to play, and then play hard.”
After Harriton’s Katie Melvin and Lexy King of Conestoga traded goals in the first five minutes, Foust took over, scoring five goals in less than seven minutes to give the Rams a 6-1 lead. Maura Henderson added another score for Harriton before Maggie Friel connected for ‘Stoga. Foust’s sixth goal came nine minutes before halftime, but Catie Smith got a pair of goals and set up King for another as the Pioneers (5-1, 3-1) cut their deficit to 9-5 by halftime.
Smith, who finished with five goals and one assist, helped offset Foust’s two second-half scores, and her goal 11 minutes before the final whistle made the score 11-10 in Harriton’s favor. That prompted Dick to call a timeout.
“We had to adjust our attack a little because they were face-guarding Caleigh,” Dick said. “I could see our defense was getting tired and the girls were a little frustrated.”
Two minutes later, Melvin (two draw controls, two caused turnovers), rolled the crease and put in Harriton’s 12th goal, then Jane Henderson scored on a free position with six minutes to play. Foust’s sister, Alexa, who had teamed with Maura Henderson, Jane Henderson Hillary Lemonick, Sabrina Tabasso (five draw controls), Alison Tepper and Jessica Herman to provide defensive support for Avery, came up with key turnover that shut off Conestoga’s comeback bid.
“I tried to remind everyone that (Conestoga) was a team that could come back,” Foust said. “We had to try to keep playing harder. We have a game against Notre Dame Saturday, then our next league game is at Garnet Valley. It’s great to be back playing with tough games like that coming up.”
Harriton 13, Conestoga 10
Harriton 9 4 – 13
Conestoga 5 5 – 10
Harriton: Caleigh Foust 8G, Katie Melvin 2G, Sabrina Tabasso 1G 1A, Maura Henderson 1G, Jane Henderson 1G.
Conestoga: Catie Smith 5G 1A, Maggie Friel 2G 1A, Lexy King 2G, Claire Jackson 1G, Meghan McGillis 3A.
Saves – Harriton: Melina Avery 6. Conestoga: Laney Stenson 5.