Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/28/15
The Radnor girls’ lacrosse team won its second straight one-goal game over a national power today when it topped five-time Georgia state champion Milton, 9-8, at the Hilton Head SC Barker Field Complex in South Carolina.
Radnor (2-0), which downed defending PIAA champion and Central League rival Garnet Valley, 10-9, in its opener this week, knocked off a team that was 7-1 and ranked 12th in the STEPS Lacrosse North America Rankings, and also had defeated No. 7 Suffern (N.Y.), on Friday at Hilton Head.
The Raiders led 5-2 at halftime and pulled away in the second half with leads of 6-2 and 8-4 before allowing two late goals to make it close.
Lexi Kenneally led Radnor with three goals and Hannah Proctor and Reilly Masterson each tallied two while Megan Massimino had a goal and an assist, Fallon Quinn scored once and Emily Games dished two assists. Maddie Lally was a standout in goal with 11 saves.
“I was definitely anxious going into the game because this is their ninth game and only our second,” said Radnor coach Brooke Fritz of Milton, which only had lost to No. 1 McDonogh. “I was definitely anticipating it to be a lot sloppier, but we only had three turnovers in the first half. That’s unheard of! I don’t think we’ve ever done that, and that made all the difference in the world.
“I was really pleased with their composure and decision making and their presence on the field, with so much more control than normally you’d see in the beginning of the season.”
Taylor Catts led Milton with three goals while Hannah Demis and Jessi Masinko each had a pair and Sophie Baez scored once.
Kenneally (a senior committed to UConn) said the Raiders’ team play was the key.
“We had another great team effort and used our win over Garnet as motivation,” she said. “We really limited our turnovers today.
“Our defense and attack really clicked and our transitions were smooth and overall I am really proud of our effort.”
Last year Milton routed Radnor, 16-8.
“Of course, last year we really didn’t play well against them and we really wanted to prove ourselves this year so we were really excited,” said Kenneally. “It’s a huge confidence booster, but we know we have to get back to work tomorrow.”
Indeed, at 10 a.m. Sunday Radnor meets Suffern.
“This is a huge win for our program to set the tone for our season,” said Proctor, signed with Notre Dame. “In just a few weeks we have all really come together well and are working hard to fulfill our goals. we are excited to have strung two big wins together and are excited for Suffern tomorrow.”