By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/9/13
Will Manganiello said the easiest way to shoot a penalty shot in box lacrosse is to simplify.
The Penncrest (PA) junior scored the game-winner with no time on the clock today to give his team a thrilling 7-6 victory over Leading Edge Elite (N.J.) in the High School Class A championship game at the Sportsplex in Feasterville.
Manganiello, who finished with five goals, had tied the game on anothert penalty shot with 2:40 to play. Then, with seconds left he went in for a shot right in front of Leading Edge goalie Colin Kirst, who made the saves while Manganiello was being hit as the regulation clock struck zeroes.Leading Edge was called for a push and Manganiello had a penalty shot opportunity to win the game. He had already tied the game on a penalty shopt with 2:30 to play and as he did in that goal he went in without making many moves or dodges and deposited the goal for the championship.
“I played this last year and tried a million fakes and I think the key is to just see net and hit it,” Manganiello said.
Leading Edge, which got three goals from Connor Kirst (Delbarton sophomore) and two from Matt Stagnitta (Montgomery freshman) had used a four-goal spurt to take a 6-3 lead midway through the second half. Manganiello – who earlier in the day won the Morning Fastest Shot session with a 100-MPH salvo – then scored the game’s next four goals.
“I had been playing all day and was kind of tired,” he said. “But somnething kicked inside of me and I just felt it.”
Also for Penncrest, Billy Kinnard had two goals and Dylan McCleaft was solid in goal.
Manganiello’s first thrill of the day was hitting the 100-MPH mark on his final shot in the shooting contest. He beat out teammates Dylan Protesto and Cameron Bryan (each had 95) for the title.
“I knew I could shoot in the 90s,” said Manganiello. “My friends had gotten 95, 95 and like 94 and I said I will give it a try one last time. I saw the three digits and I thought ‘Oh my.'”
Fastest Shot Contest
1. Will Manganiello (Penncrest) 100 mph
2. (tie) Cameron Bryan (Penncrest) & Dylan Protesto 95
4. Ethan Trusty (Penncrest) 92
5. Chris Hammel (Bandits) 90
6. Liam O’Donnell (Penncrest) 87
7. (tie) Billy Kinnard (Penncrest), Matt Young (Penncrest), Will Dulin (Bandits) & John Wink (Bandits) 85
Notes – The Hiogh School AA tourney will conclude with the championship game at about 8:15 p.m. Laxachusetts was unable to compete after getting snowed in.