By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/1/13
Radnor took advantage of a strong start and a solid effort at both ends of the field to earn a 15-8 decision over Springfield-Delco today in a PIAA Tournament quarterfinal game at West Chester East’s Zimmerman Stadium.
The Red Raiders (19-4), who placed third in the District 1 Tournament, will take on District 7 champion Peters Township in a semifinal game Tuesday. Peters Township (19-2) rolled past State College, 16-4, in another quarterfinal match Saturday for its 11th consecutive victory.
Radnor scored three times in the first 2:23 against Springfield and owned a 7-0 lead at halftime. Goalie Grace Collins stopped three Cougars shots in the half, and Springfield hit the post a couple of times and fired several shots over Collins’ head.
“Getting the jump like that really helped us,” Radnor coach Brooke Fritz said. “Grace had some saves, and they missed some shots. We had changed our defense a little Friday because we knew (Alex Poplawski) and (Emily Santana) would get the ball and want to go (to goal).”
Poplawski came up with four goals and a pair of assists and Santana got two goals in the second half. After Poplawski scored twice and set up Kate Ryan in the first four minutes, junior Sara Curley, who got two goals in the opening half, added two more for Radnor, the second on a free position.
The next Poplawski goal was the last the Cougars would get until Brooke Pancoast scored three in a row and Sydney Cowles picked up her second of the game for the Red Raiders. The Radnor scoring burst came not long after Springfield’s Emily Verica picked up her second yellow card, leaving the Cougars one player short for much of the second half.
“We knew what to expect,” said Curley, who added the last Radnor goal and finished with five with one assist. “Scoring early and having Grace making saves got all of us really going.”
Pancoast needed less than five minutes to come up with her three goals.
“I had been scoring, but then I didn’t get that many for a while,” she said. “We played so much better against them this time than when we beat them the last time.”
Springfield-Delco had a large number of former players in the stands behind its bench in support of head coach Keith Broome, who missed Wednesday’s state tournament win over Strath Haven following the sudden death of his daughter Beverly, a former Springfield player.
“I was happy to see so many of them,” Broome said. “It showed how much of a family we have.
“Our girls played with a lot of heart. We got some shots in the first half, but they were high or just didn’t go in. Radnor played a beautiful game.”
Fritz saw one number on the statistics sheet that made her very happy.
“We had less than 10 turnovers,” she said. “Playing like that should be enough to beat most teams that you play.”
Radnor 15, Springfield-Delco 8
Radnor 7 8 – 15
Springfield-Delco 0 8 – 8
Sara Curley 5G 1A, Brooke Pancoast 3G, Sydney Cowles 2G, Shannon Quinn 2G, Taylor Quinn 1G 1A, Hannah Proctor 1G 1A, Kate Stanley 1G.
Alex Poplawski 4G 2A, Emily Santana 2G, Kate Ryan 1G, Cailyn Gormley 1G, Emily Verica 1A.
Saves-Radnor: Grace Collins 10; Springfield-Delco: Courtney O’Connell 10, Katie Bedard 0.