By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/7/15
The Conestoga High girls team packed something extra when the Pioneers returned from their Spring Break trip to Florida last week.
“We beat Vero Beach (10-7) down there, and they’re the nine-time state champion,” Pioneers junior Monica Borzillo said. “We played with high intensity in the second half, and the coaches told us to bring that intensity back home with us because they knew who we had to play this week.”
Tuesday afternoon at Teamer Field, Conestoga (4-1 overall, 2-0 Central League) earned its fourth consecutive victory, rallying in the second half for a 17-12 decision over visiting Harriton (5-1, 2-1).
The Pioneers trailed at halftime, 8-7. Harriton’s Jane Henderson, who finished with four goals, scored with 15:40 to play with the Rams a player up, tying the score at 11-11.
Seven minutes later, ‘Stoga had a five-goal lead, and it was almost 10 minutes from Henderson’s third goal until she got her fourth, halting the Pioneers’ 5-0 run.
After junior Hannah Ashton (four goals) put the home team ahead, Borzillo (five goals, four assists) scored three times in the next four minutes.
“My strong suit has always been getting assists,” Borzillo, who has committed to the University of Cincinnati, said. “Some of us have played together since we were in third grade, and we know what to expect from each other.”
Junior goalie Jules Horning, who played in the second half, turned back several good Harriton scoring chances.
“This was a team win,” Conestoga head coach Amy Orcutt said. “When Jules made those big saves, that helped turn things our way. Elisabeth Ingersoll and Maddie Little made some good plays for the defense, but I don’t really want to single anyone out because how well they all did in the second half.”
Sophomore Liz Scott (three goals, two assists) helped the Pioneers earn a 19-12 advantage in draw controls, including a 10-5 edge in the second half.
“Getting the ball on the draw is so important,” Scott said. “If they get the ball, they can score, so we had to get as many draws as we could.”
Scott, who is Borzillo’s teammate with the Phantastyx club summer team, said Orcutt was explicit in her pre-game instructions.
“She wanted us to move the ball,” Scott said. “And she told us to focus on ourselves instead of the other team. We knew the play they like to run, and after we struggled with it at first, we got the hang of what we should be doing and things worked out.
“Going to Florida was important for us. We know each other better on and off the field. Now that we have this win, we can go back to work tomorrow and get ready for our next game.”
That game will be Thursday against Radnor, which opened its Central League season with a victory over defending state champion Garnet Valley.
Harriton will play at Garnet Valley Thursday.
“We haven’t beaten (Harriton) in a Central League game in a while,” Orcutt said. “We can’t spend too much time thinking about what we’ve done today because there’s another important league game Thursday.”
Conestoga 17, Harriton 12
Harriton 8 4 – 12
Conestoga 7 10 – 17
Monica Borzillo: 5 goals, 4 assists, 3 caused turnovers
Hannah Ashton: 4 goals,
Liz Scott: 3 goals, 1 assist, 6 draw controls
Maggie Stetson: 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 draw controls
Scottie Growney: 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 draw controls
Sondra Dickey: 1 goal, 2 assists,1 DC
Rilee Scott: 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 CT
Laney Stenson 6 saves
Jules Horning 5 saves
Jane Henderson 4G 1A
Alex Ladda 3G
Maura Henderson 2G 1A
Laura Lasprogata 2G
Claudia Conrad 1G
Devin McClain 9 saves