Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/14/15
Steve Hildebrand scored with 2 second left in overtime to give visiting Conestoga a stunning 10-9 upset of Upper Dublin today in the second round of the District 1 tournament.
The 10th-seeded Pioneers (11-9) advance to the District 1 quarterfinals to meet Penncrest at 10 a.m. Saturday at Harriton High.
Upper Dublin’s Max Winebrake put the seventh-seeded Cards (18-2) ahead, 9-8, with 10.6 seconds to play. But Hunter Gregory was awarded the ensuing face-off win and Conestoga called time out to set up a play.
The Pioneers got the ball to Sam Friedman (one goal, two assists), whose pass to Greg Taicher was tipped. But Taicher scooped up the ball and buried the tying goal with :02 left on the clock.
In OT, both teams had possessions, but Hildebrand (three goals) got the ball with 8 seconds to play and beat his man before ripping home the game-winner.
“I told the kids, ‘You guys deserve this.’ We have been in a lot of close games and because we had been in a lot of close games our guys were not nervous at the end,” said Conestoga coach Brody Bush, who wished to credit his assistants, Ryan Sankey and Craig Gratton. “We’ve been in four overtimes this year before this game so nothing shocked us.”
After UD took the 7-4 lead, Conestoga’s Matt Schleicher scored to make it 7-5 before the end of the third period. Friedman’s man-up goal early in the fourth made it 7-6 and Quinn Bridge tied it with 3:35 left.
Upper Dublin took the lead on a Connor Wall goal with 2:57 left, but Kienzie knotted it, 8-8, with 39 seconds left.
“The game plan was to run six offensive middles and three sets of middies overall, and it paid off,” said Bush. “We had more horses. They were exhausted at the end of the game. We chipped away.”
Jace Kienzle added three goals for Conestoga. Also, senior goalie Jack Green (six saves) was a standout in the second half and overtime and face-off specialist Gregory won 11 of 23 draws after a slow start.
Wall led the Cards with three goals while Winebrake and Michael Mullen each had a pair. Michael Sowers had a goal and two assists and Evan Scott had three assists.