By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/20/15
Harriton girls’ lacrosse coach George Dick had a little smile as he talked about the final PIAA District 1 playoff games that will take place Thursday.
“A lot of people had us playing Great Valley then,” Dick said. “But they didn’t have us in the second game.”
In a surprise, the third-seeded Rams will meet Great Valley for the District 1 title at West Chester East High Thursday at 7 p.m. The third-seeded Rams dealt Radnor a 13-11 defeat Tuesday at Haverford High after fourth-seeded Great Valley upset top-seeded Conestoga, 12-11.
Now, Radnor and Conestoga will vie for the third District 1 seed at states at 5:30 p.m. at West Chester East.
On April 16, Radnor toppled Harriton, 11-8. Much has changed since then, Dick said.
“There’s a big difference between the team we had when we played Radnor last month and lost and the team we have today,” Dick said of a . “We had a lot of young kids back on defense in that first game, and they weren’t very confident and didn’t play the defense correctly.
“They did a great job in this game going out after the ball.”
Senior Jane Henderson led the attack for the Rams, tossing in five goals and adding an assist. Laura Lasprogata and Alex Ladda each added two goals, and freshman Greta Stahl chipped in with one goal and three assists.
“We definitely wanted to see Radnor again,” said Henderson, who has scored 107 goals this season. “We didn’t have our best game against them the last time. Our offense played well together today, and that’s what really helped us.
“Our defense is such a big part of our success. We know we can run down and score. When our defense holds them and really makes them work for a few minutes, that’s what slows the other team down and takes them out of their game.”
Lasprogata got her two goals in the first five minutes, when Harriton raced away to a 5-0 lead. The Rams were on top, 10-5, at halftime.
Radnor, behind a pair of goals by Emily Games, who finished with five, cut the Rams’ lead to two goals late in the second half, but key defensive plays by Julia Marks and Ladda gave Harriton a chance to claim its second district title in three years.
“Our intensity level was high, and we played with a lot of grit,” said Ladda, a junior who has committed to Lehigh, where Jane and Maura Henderson also will play. “We’re a much better team than when we played Radnor the last time.”
That point was established Tuesday night.
Harriton 13, Radnor 11
Harriton 10 3 – 13
Radnor 5 6 – 11
Harriton: Jane Henderson 5G 1A, Laura Lasprogata 2A 1A, Alex Ladda 2G, Greta Stahl 1G 3A, Julia Marks 1G, Jordan Heller 1G, Maura Henderson 1G.
Radnor: Emily Games 5G, Hannah Proctor 2G, Fallon Quinn 2G, Katie Quinn 1G, Reilly Masterson 1G.
Saves: Devin McClain (Harr) 8; Maddie Lally (Rad) 6.