Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/3/14
MECHANICSBURG – Haley Warden scored six goals and Emily Mathewson added four as Garnet Valley advanced to the PIAA girls’ lacrosse championship game for the third time in four years today by defeating Mt. Lebanon, 20-7, in the state semifinals at Cumberland Valley.
The Jaguars (23-2) will play Central League and District 1 rival Springfield-Delco – a 13-8 winner over Great Valley – in the title game Saturday at noon at HersheyPark Stadium.
Erica Coyne added three goals and four assists for Garnet Valley, which dealt the District 7 champion Blue Devils (22-1) their first loss of the year.
The Jaguars led, 4-1 after eight minutes and then 12-4, at halftime and were never threatened.
Garnet Valley and Spingfield-Delco have met twice this year. The Cougars defeated the Jags, 10-9, in the District 1 final after Garnet Valley won the regular-season game, 13-9, on its way to the Central League crown.
The Jags’ coach, Jenny Purvis, was not happy with her team’s performance in the first half and let her team know it.
“She (Purvis) told us that we really needed to step it up and make sure that we’re executing everything as best we can,” said Haley Warden, who scored a game-high six goals to lead the scoring parade. “We needed to make sure that we’re keeping up with the pace we’ve been wanting to play at.”
“We knew that we just needed to pick up the intensity,” Coyne said. “If we just moved the ball and played as hard as we could, we would start improving.”
Kara Nakrasius scored a first-half hat trick for the Jaguars, which got six saves from Paige Mitros.
Garnet Valley 20, Mount Lebanon 7
Mount Lebanon 4 3 – 7
Garnet Valley 12 8 – 20
Haley Warden 6 goals
Emily Mathewson 4 goals
Erica Coyne 3 goals, 3 assists
Kara Nakrasius 3 goals
Sabrina Fusco goal, 2 assists
Madison Valerio 2 goals
Dana Davis 2 assists
Liz Toohey 1 goal
Paige Mitros 7 saves
Allena Holzworth 3 goals
Alyssa Battaglia 3 goals, assist
Anna Albers 1 goal
Molly Shure 1 assist
Megan Gibbons 1 assist
Caroline McCabe 1 assist
Carina Barnes 7 saves
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