Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/26/15
Maddie Maio scored off a feed from Meghan Tillger with 6:40 to play and host Central Bucks West stunned previously-undefeated Owen J. Roberts, 10-9 Saturday in non-league girls’ lacrosse at War Memorial Field.
The loss scrambled the District 1 seedings with two weeks to play before the brackets come out. OJR (14-1), the leader in the Pioneer Athletic Conference, was among the top few teams in the LaxPower rankings used to seed this year’s field.
CB West (10-3) is the Suburban One National Conference co-leader.
Bryn Boylan had three goals and an assist and Finley Ueland added three goals for the Bucks. Elle Ueland added two goals, and Paige Savard had one goal.
“We took several steps forward today,” CB West coach Tara Schmucker said. “In the past, we have been intimidated by strong teams from other conferences.
“We showed up today as a team, and I am so proud of these ladies. The defense played as a unit, the offense, for the most part, recognized when defense needed a break. (Goalie) Molly (Naylor) lifted the defense with some crucial saves after long periods on the defensive end, and we never stopped fighting even when we were not winning draws.”
After getting the go-ahead goal, the Bucks were able to play staunch defense to keep the lead.
“Although OJR did get the ball back from our stall with 36 seconds (remaining), we stopped them on the defensive end,” Schmucker said. “Maddie Maio got a huge ground ball and drew a quick foul to give the Bucks possession for the remaining few seconds.”
Maddie Gebert had three goals and an assist and Morgan Stone scored three goals for the Wildcats. Anna Dempsey added two goals.
“I have to say each player made an impact today, and it truly was a team effort,” Schmucker said. “Bryn and Finley had some great challenges.
“Jacq Fitzgerald had a tremendous defensive 1v1 game today, and Jacq, Rachel Shaw, Paige Savard, Maddie Maio and Meghan Darcy all came up with big caused turnovers that helped spark the team.”
West will face Central Bucks South at War Memorial Field on Tuesday at 7:15 and will travel to North Penn on Thursday (7 p.m.).
“We have an important week ahead of us, and I hope the girls gain confidence from today and continue to find a rhythm in the last few weeks of the regular season,” Schmucker said.