By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/16/15
Something happened to the Radnor High girls’ team last week. The players prefer not to talk about it, other than to say that it helped make the Red Raiders a stronger team.
After Thursday’s 11-8 Central League victory at Harriton, Radnor, which opened the season with a four-game winning streak, has won three in a row since that unspeakable something last week, which was a Central League setback against Conestoga.
“We really can’t think about things like that which happened in the past,” Radnor senior defender Linsday Frumer said. “We have to think about what we have to do and keep on going.”
Reilly Masterson scored Radnor’s first goal Thursday, added another in the first half and then tossed in the goal that gave the visitors a five-goal lead 9 minutes into the second half.
“We knew we were playing a good team that likes to be aggressive,” Masterson, who is headed to Penn State next fall, said. “We wanted to (run the attack) so that we could always have one player open.
“So many of us have played together and done so many other things together since we were in second or third grade. And we’ve played against some of their players for a long time. This is a game we really wanted to win, but especially since it was a league game.”
Hannah Proctor, who also had a pair of assists, and Lexi Kenneally scored two goals for Radnor (7-1 overall, 4-1 Central League), which is right behind Conestoga and Springfield (Delco), who haven’t lost in league play, in the Central League standings.
Frumer, Katie Junior, Abby Lord, Nicole Massimino and Fallon Quinn headed up the Red Raiders’ defensive unit in front of goalie Maddie Lally, who turned aside 10 Harriton shots.
Radnor played the last 10 minutes of the second half one player short after the team’s fourth yellow card.
‘We didn’t score after that happened,” said Frumer, who is headed to Dartmouth. “It was good that we built up a lead the way we did. All those yellow cards could have hurt us.
“We know they love to drive from the top or roll the crease. We had to play our game and be ready for that. It was good that Maddie made those saves she had in the second half.”
Harriton scored three times in the last nine minutes, but the young Rams (7-3, 4-2) couldn’t overcome allowing Radnor to get the first three goals and five of the first six in the second half.
“We still have some big games coming up,” Radnor head coach Brooke Fritz said. “I wasn’t happy with all those penalties we took and having to play down for so much time. We know what we have to do about that.
“We are starting to come together and are using each other well. We’ve been playing to our strengths.”
Jane Henderson was Harriton’s leader with three goals, two assists, five groundballs and five caused turnovers. Greta Stahl and Laura Lasprograta each had two goals.
“We’re still a young team, and some of those inexperienced players aren’t used to finding themselves in tough situations in a game like this,” Harriton coach George Dick said. “We’re also asking some of our (veteran) players to do a little more.
“Radnor’s a good team. We still have eight games left (in the regular season). We know this is only the first part of the season. Then there’s the district playoffs, and then we hope to be one of the five teams (from District 1) who get the chance to go on to the state tournament.”
Radnor 11, Harriton 8
Radnor 6 5 – 11
Harriton 4 4 – 8
Reilly Masterson 3G, 3CT
Hannah Proctor 2G, 2A, 3DC
Lexi Kenneally 2G
Megan Massimino 1G
Abby Lord 1G
Emily Games 1G
Katie Quinn 1G
Kaelee Helms 2A
Nicole Massimino 1DC, 2CT, 3GB
Lindsey Frumer 1DC, 2GB, 2CT
Maddie Lally 11 saves
Alex Ladda 6 DCs 3 GB
Jane Henderson 3 G, 2 A 5 GB 5 CT
Laura Lasprogata 2 G 2 DCs
Maura Henderson 1 A
Greta Stahl 2 G
Julia Marks 1 G 2 GB
Devin McClain 8 Saves