By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/7/14
HERSHEY – Garnet Valley used the 1-2 scoring punch of Emily Mathewson and Haley Warden and strong goaltending by Paige Mitros to defeat Springfield-Delco, 13-9, today in the PIAA girls’ lacrosse championship at HersheyPark Stadium.
Mathewson, a sophomore, had five goals and three assists and senior Warden contributed five goals and one assist while Mitros had nine of her 12 saves in the first half to give the Jaguars (24-2) their third state title in four years.
“I can’t even explain how I feel, it’s surreal,” said Mathewson. “(Paige) saved our bus today, she really did. We wanted it more and it showed. They had a rally at the beginning (of the second half), but we never let down and we kept pushing.”
Springfield-Delco (24-3), which has lost in each of its two state final appearances, rallied in the second half to pull within 7-6 after the Jaguars had seized a 7-2 lead.
But Warden ended a Jaguars scoring drought of nearly 12 minutes to make it 8-6 with 14:46 left in the game, setting off a 5-0 run that put the game out of reach. The Cougars finally scored after a 9:58 drought on a goal by Kate Ryan (two goals), but the lead was insurmountable.
“I think once we scored we kind of knew, ‘This is our game, we have to keep the lead and keep going,’” said Warden. “I am speechless. I am so proud of our team as a whole. All the hard work paid off.”
Warden credited Mitros for the big start.
“She came up so big,” Warden said. “I was so proud of her; she kept our momentum going.”
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” added Mitros. “I just knew I had to keep it together for the team and have myself composed.
“I knew the first half of the first half was going to be the key to the game. We wanted to stop their momentum quickly and get them down a little so we could play our game.”
Springfield-Delco’s Emily Santana (two goals, one assist) credited Garnet Valley.
“They just wanted the ball more than us,” she said. “I can’t complain; we had a great season. I am proud of everyone.”
Garnet Valley 13, Springfield-Delco 9
Garnet Valley 7-6 – 13
Springfield-Delco 3-6 – 9
Haley Warden 5g, 1a
Emily Mathewson 5g, 3a
Kara Nakrasius 1a
Dana Davis 1g
Erica Coyne 1a
Michelle Koscinski 1g
Madison Valerio 1g, 1a
Paige Mitros 12 saves
Autumn Spence 1g
Emily Santana 2g, 1a
Cailyn Gormley 1g
Kate Ryan 2g
Bridget Whitaker 1g, 1a
Aly Gormley 2a
Taylor De Bernardi 1g
Emily Paulus 1g
Katie Bedard 6 saves