By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/17/14
Harriton and Downingtown East played a game of “crazy eights” in their District 1 quarterfinal contest at West Chester East’s Zimmerman Stadium Saturday morning.
“They didn’t get that many shots from the field,” Harriton coach George Dick said. “Every time they scored, it seemed like they were on the 8-meter line.”
Rams senior Katie Melvin helped take care of that problem in the second half, scoring six times to give her eight goals as fifth-seeded Harriton (16-5) claimed an 11-7 decision and earned its place in the semifinals at Haverford High Tuesday against top-seeded Garnet Valley at 7:30 p.m. The Jaguars defeated Henderson, 22-11.
In the second quarterfinal today, Great Valley downed Radnor, 14-13, a goal by Linnea Hughes with 16 seconds to play, The third-seeded Patriots will face Springfield-Delco – a 10-9 winner over Conestoga – in the semis at Haverford High Tuesday at 5:45 p.m
Melvin’s second goal of the game for Harriton was the last score of the first half. At the break, the defending state champion Rams trailed, 6-3. In the second half, goalie Melina Avery, who was injured in her team’s loss to East early in the season, came up with several big stops, and the defensive unit, led by Hilary Lemonick, Sabrina Tabasso, Allie Margulies, Alexa Foust, Maura Henderson and Jessica Herman, limited the Cougars (16-4) to five shots, only one of which found the back of the cage.
“The important thing was that we worked things out and stayed positive,” Lemonick said.
Melvin scored twice, and Tabasso set up Jane Henderson as Harriton got even six minutes into the second half. Nicole Baretta, who scored scoring honors for the Cougars with Caroline Ambrogi with three goals, put East back ahead, but the last five goals of the game were scored (four) or set up (one) by Melvin.
“We started slow, and it took me a while to turn it on,” said Melvin, who is headed to the University of Michigan. “We had lost to that team (6-5 on April 5), and it got in our heads.
“Once we got our composure we were on our way. I got hit in the head one time, but I just told myself if they were going to do that and give me a free shot, I was going to score.”
Melvin is one of six senior players on the Rams’ roster.
“We have young players on our bench,” she said. “A lot of them have never been through this before and they’re pretty excited about it. Our seniors are a close group and we want to keep going so the others have the chance to see what it’s like.”
In another quarterfinal contest:
Sophomore Hughes scored on an 8-meter shot with 16 seconds to play as No. 3 seed Great Valley (18-2) knocked off No. 6 Radnor (16-5), 14-13. The Patriots trailed, 13-11, with six minutes to play, but they scored the last three goals.
Hughes got three of her four goals in the second half, and Brittany Edwards scored three of her four goals in the first half. Freshman goalie Mia Tornetta made a couple of big saves late in the game for the Patriots, who lost in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 playoffs and did not qualify for the state tournament.
Kate Stanley had three goals and one assist for Radnor, which must win Tuesday’s playback game against Conestoga to advance to the state tournament.
“We were excited about playing this game,” Hughes said. “Low shots seemed to be working today, so I tried to make sure I kept that shot low and it went in.”
Harriton 11, Downingtown East 7
Harriton 3 8 – 11
Dowingtown East 6 1 – 7
Harriton: Katie Melvin 8G 1A, Jane Henderson 2G, Sabrina Tabasso 1G 1A, Julia Marks 1A.
Downingtown East: Caroline Ambrogi 3G, Nicole Barretta 3G, Victoria Barretta 1G.
Saves: Melina Avery (Harr) 4, Haleigh Wurzel (DE) 8.
Great Valley 14, Radnor 13
Radnor 7 6 – 13
Great Valley 7 7 – 14
Radnor: Kate Stanley 3G 1A, Sara Curley 2G 1A, Emily Games 2G 1A, Katie Quinn 2G 1A, Megan Massimino 2G, Hannah Proctor 2 G, Emily Bickhart 2A.
Great Valley: Brittany Edwards 4G, Linnea Hughes 4G, Stephanie Aker 2G 1A, Jessie Boyle 2G, Olivia Muscella 1G 1A.
Saves: Maddie Lally (Rad) 10, Mia Tornetta (GV) 9.