Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/16/15
Kevin Vandegrift scored the go-ahead goal with less than a minute to play in overtime as host Academy of the New Church tallied to defeat Shipley School, 9-8, on Wednesday in a showdown of contenders in the Friends Schools League.
Shipley (9-1, 0-1) held a 4-0 lead in the first period, but the Lions (8-1, 1-0) stormed back and took an 8-7 lead early in the fourth period on a goal by Vandegrift (five goals). Tate Gallgher (two goals, two assists) tied it, but the game went into overtime as the defenses stiffened.
Another freshman, Seamus Hogan, caused a turnover to give ANC possession in the final frame and Vandegrift solved sophomore Ian Walsh, who was masterful with 22 saves.
“I thought they really outplayed us the whole game,” said ANC coach Fob Forster. “But our guys showed a lot of resilience to come back from the 4-0 deficit and they showed what kind of group we have.
“It was good to play a real good team after winning a lot of 10-goal games lately. We’ve been (getting the key plays) in the close games and today our freshmen carried us.”
James Vandegrift had two goals and two assists and Jesse Frazier added two goals and one assist for ANC. Goalie Tom Villante posted nine saves.
Amir Fluellen had a goal and two assists and Chris Verdeur had a goal, an assist, four groundballs and three takeaways from his LSM position.
The teams should meet again in the league playoffs.
Central Bucks South 7, Central Bucks West 6
In a classic game of cross-town rivals held at War Memorial Field, CB West jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but CB South raced back with five consecutive first quarter goals by five different players and eventually rallied again to improve to 8-0.
West scored the game’s next four goals to take a 6-5 lead into the fourth quarter before South’s Jake Henze (two goals, one assist, four groundballs) raced end-to-end to tie the game with 9:56 left.
The two teams then traded intensely contested possessions before South defender Kevin Witchey forced a West turnover, leading to the game winning goal by Ian Vogt at the 5:30 mark. Goalie Steven Hogan was outstanding in the net for West, recording 19 saves.
Ryan Jacobsen won 11 of 17 face-offs for CB South and Robbie Richick had nine saves.
strong>Archbishop Ryan 12, Archbishop Carroll 5
Tyler Bollard won 17 face-offs and had three goals and John Ligouri also scored three goals to lead Ryan.
Haverford School 15, Upper Dublin 5
Forry Smith had four goals and an assist and Dox Aitken tallied three goals as the Fords remained undefeated and dealt the Cards their first defeat.
Michael Mullen had two goals for Upper Dublin.
Holy Ghost 14, Neshaminy 6
Alex Yake had five goals for HGP.
Matt Magdelinskas led the Redskins with three goals.
Spring-Ford 17, Pottsgrove 2
Jake Hvazda had three goals and three assists for the Rams.
St Joseph’s Prep 15, Archbishop Wood 3
Kevin Stump had six goals and an assist for the Prep.
Brian Kent had two goals for Wood.
Owen J. Roberts 16, Methacton 8
Sam Garges had five goals and three assists to lead the Wildcats.
Aidan Denecke had six goals for Methacton.
Manheim Township 18, Elizabethtown 2
Chris Augeri had four goals and three assists for Manheim.
Central Bucks East 12, Souderton 3
Matt Vetter had three goals, two assists and five groundballs to lead CB East.
Perkiomen Valley 14, Boyertown 6
Ben Minardi led PV with four goals and six groundballs while winning 4 of 6 face-offs.
Wissahickon 16, Cheltenham 2
Jack Shea had four goals and an assist for the Trojans.
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