By Harry Chaykun
Phillylcrosse.com, Posted 4/3/14
Since it is April, it must be time for the temperatures to warm up.
Harriton coach George Dick knows it would be a good time for his defending PIAA champion Rams to heat up.
Thursday afternoon, Harriton (3-2, 3-0) was on fire for the first half of its Central League match against visiting Conestoga (2-5, 1-2), and used that momentum to claim a 14-8 decision, the Rams’ third consecutive victory.
Harriton scored the first 12 goals, all before halftime, but ran into second-half problems with draw controls as well as completing defensive assignments.
“I thought we had a very good, intense first half,” Dick said. “Give Conestoga credit. They’re always a good team, and they got some of those goals back in the second half.”
Maura Henderson scored four goals – three in the opening half – and added an assist and Sabrina Tabasso chipped in with three goals and one assist for Harriton. Katie Melvin contributed two goals and three assists, and Julia Marks got a pair of goals for the Rams, who played without the injured Jane Henderson and Hilary Lemonick.
Goalie Melina Avery, who had been troubled by a sore shoulder earlier in the season, turned away 10 shots.
“Maura’s more of a defensive midfielder than a goal scorer,” Dick said. “Julia Marks really stepped up, and it was nice to see Melina playing so well. It’s good to get another Central League win.”
Tabasso knows what it’s like not to be able to play in some of her team’s important games. She suffered a broken left foot in the district final against Springfield-Delco last May and could not play in any of Harriton’s four state tournament victories.
“What I’ve been waiting for and looking forward to is getting back to the state tournament and being on the field playing this year,” Tabasso said. “But there’s a lot of games to be played before anything like that can happen. We’ve got to keep winning.”
Harriton spent some time in Florida last month and opened the season with losses to the nations’ top team, McDonogh School (7-0) of Maryland and Florida power Vero Beach (12-1).
“We actually played well in the first half against McDonogh then ran out of steam,” Tabasso said. “Against Vero Beach, we were down 6-0 right away, and I think it showed us we weren’t as fit as we needed to be.”
Tabasso wears the stars of the flag on her right shoe and the stripes on her left shoe. “I’ve always considered myself very patriotic, and I do this to show my support for the Wounded Warrior program,” she said.
Harriton has a home contest with Downingtown East (3-1) Saturday before hosting Central League co-leader Garnet Valley (6-0) Tuesday afternoon.
Monica Borzillo scored four goals and Sondra Dickey added two Thursday for Conestoga, which takes on Radnor Tuesday in its next Central League game. “We need to try to start a winning streak then,” Pioneers senior Maggie Friel said.
Conestoga 0 8 – 8
Harriton 12 2 – 14
Monica Borzillo 4G
Sondra Dickey 2G
Liz Scott 1G 1A
Kate Nalevanko 1G
Maggie Friel 1A
Lexi King 1A
Laney Stenson 3 saves
Julianna Horning 4 saves
Harriton: Katie Melvin 2 g 3 A 4 GBs 2 CTs
Julia Marks 2 g 2 DCs
Sabrina Tabasso 3 G 4 DCs
Bailey Ebby 1 G
Laura Lasprogata 1 G
Maura Henderson 4 G 1 A
Alex Ladda 1 G 1 A
Melina Avery 10 Saves