By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/28/15
Andrew Watts and Kevin Stump each had three goals and two assists and Michael Marchese posted 13 saves as St. Joseph’s Prep defeated Bishop Shanahan, 9-7, Wednesday in the first round of the PIAA lacrosse tournament at Plymouth Whitemarsh.
The win advances the District 12 champion Hawks (17-5) into Saturday’s quarterfinals against District 3 champion Manheim Township (23-2), which toppled Shady Side Academy 10-4. St. Joe’s Prep downed Manheim in overtime, 11-10, on March 30.
The Prep used a 5-0 third-period spurt to take control of the game after Shanahan (18-3) had scored four unanswered goals – all by Alex Wagner, who finished the year, unofficially, with 80 goals.
Watts had the first two goals – just 41 seconds apart – in the run. The other key player in the fourth period was Marchese, who had six of his saves and held Shanahan down after it closed within 8-6.
“We stood strong behind Mike – he played a great game and we’re excited to have a chance to be together a couple more days and hopefully make a run,” Watts said.”
Watts said the Hawks responded immediately when they fell behind, 4-3.
“We all looked at each other and said, ‘We can do this.'” he said. “As soon as we all made that look to each other we figured it out. We played great at the X, the defense held together and offensively we put it in the back of the net.”
Dan Fisher won 11 of 15 face-offs and St. Joe’s won 14 of 20 draws overall.
Shanahan coach Jon Heisman, though disappointed with the loss, was pleased with his team’s season, which included a third straight Ches-Mont League crown.
“We had a lot of chances, but their goalie came up big,” he said. “All in all, it was a great year and this was one of my favorite groups.
“We’ll be back. We have a lot of young guys. We’re continuing our quest to get to that title.”
St. Joe’s Prep coach Andy German credited Marchese.
“He was excellent, that’s just him,” said Andy German. “When he’s on he’s as good as anybody. Our best player was our best player tonight and that’s important when you get to this round.”
St. Joseph’s Prep 9, Bishop Shanahan 7
St. Joe’s Prep 2-1-5-1- 9
Bishop Shanahan 0-3-1-3 – 7
St. Joseph’s Prep
Griffin Fleming 1g, 1a
Kevin Stemp 3g, 2a
Kevin Gayhardt 1g, 1a
Andrew Watts 3g, 2a
Stephen Bradley 1g
Dan Fisher 11 of 15 FO
Bernie Halfpenny 3 of 5 FO
Michael Marchese 13 saves
Alex Wagner 4g
Eli Goforth 1a
Jerry Riccardo 1g
Pat Corcoran 1g
Ben Farrell 1a
Jason Yoquinto 7 saves