By Mike Prince
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/3/14
Abington led for a total of one minute and 58 seconds of the 48 minutes of game time against visiting Upper Dublin on Thursday night.
Both times, it was Cameron Leech who put the Ghosts on top. And the second time, with 48 seconds to play, his goal helped the Ghosts stun the Cardinals, 12-11.
“Cameron is a great player and he works hard in practice and it really translated in the game today,” Abington coach Peter Burns said. “He’s a high-quality teammate as well and I’m just grateful that he had the chance to show it on the field today.”
The Ghosts, who rallied from two four-goal deficits in the first half, improved to 2-2. The Cards, who also rallied from a three-goal hole in the third period, fell to 2-2.
After allowing 10 goals in the first half, Abington and its senior goalkeeper, Blake Friedman, settled down and started getting a rhythm on both sides of the ball.
“Upper Dublin is definitely a quality opponent and we came up ready to play,” Burns said. “We’re just happy to get the win against such a good opponent.”
The Cardinals had leads of 7-3 and 8-4 in the first half.
After Upper Dublin (2-2, 2-0) received goals from four different players in the first quarter to go up 4-1, the Ghosts were able to respond with goals of their own from Hunter Jones and Will Dulin. In the second quarter, three consecutive goals by Upper Dublin – the second of the game for Michael Mullin and Evan Scott being included in that – put the Cardinals up by four.
Again, Abington responded.
“There were some plays that we didn’t finish on,” Upper Dublin coach J.P. Banks said. “We didn’t sit back and we pushed it, but a little slippery ball pops out of the stick and we got a little unlucky and that’s how it worked out.”
Jones scored three times before the end of the first half and the Ghosts trailed 10-8 going into the locker room.
In the third quarter, the rain started to come down, and after the Ghosts’ early tally, Upper Dublin’s comeback began. The Cardinals scored the final three goals of the third quarter to tie things up at 11-11.
“That was a big win for us, but we have to keep playing,” Leech said. “I think the way we’ve been practicing all week and the way we’ve been fighting, we knew we had to win this game and we came out on fire.”
Banks said the game should serve as a learning experience.
“Everything we do is a learning experience,” he said. “It’s a season of steps and it’s a marathon. Today, we didn’t come out on the right end.”
Friedman stopped seven shots while earning the win. He didn’t allow a single goal for the game’s final 23 minutes and 44 seconds after allowing 11 in the previous 24 minutes and 16 seconds.
“Blake is an excellent goalie who had an excellent time to shine in the second half tonight,” Burns said.
Junior goalkeeper Bobby McPeake stopped six shots in net for the Cardinals whilst taking the loss. Scott led things offensively with three goals and an assist. Ryan Siwinski, Mullin and Jack Rapine each recorded two goals and an assist. Zach Hanson added a goal, while Tyler Fortune chipped in with a pair of assists.
The Ghosts were led by Jones’ four goals and two assists. Leech added a pair of assists to his two goals, while Brian Gallagher scored three times to record the hat trick. Dulin added a goal and three assists, while Matt Gormley scored a pair of goals for the Ghosts.
“We came back in that second half and came out on top tonight,” Burns said.
Abington 12, Upper Dublin 11
Upper Dublin 4-6-1-0—11
Evan Scott 3 goals, 1 assist
Ryan Siwinski 2 goals, 1 assist
Jack Rapine 2 goals, 1 assist
Michael Mullin 2 goals, 1 assist
Zach Hanson 1 goal
Michael Sowers 1 goal
Tyler Fortune 2 goals
GK Bobby McPeake 6 saves
Hunter Jones 4 goals, 2 assists
Brian Gallagher 3 goals
Cameron Leech 2 goals, 2 assists
Matt Gormley 2 goals
Will Dulin 1 goal, 3 assists
GK Blake Friedman 7 saves