Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/13/16
Tori Barretta pumped in seven goals and Leah Hunter scored in overtime Thursday night to give Downingtown East a 12-11 victory over host Great Valley and the Ches-Mont League girls’ lacrosse championship.
The Cougars (14-3 overall) and Patriots (13-4) finished tied atop the league with 10-1 records, but Downingtown East wins the title based on the head-to-head game.
Great Valley, the four-time defending champion, had won the past four outright titles and had won 52 straight league games, dating back to a 9-7 loss to the Cougars on April 7 of 2011.
Hunter scored off a pass from Kira Flynn. She turned the crease and fired home the game-winner, setting off a massive celebration.
“It felt amazing to think we just beat a team with a 55-game Ches-Mont game streak,” said Hunter. “They are a really good team and we knew we had to come out and play as hard as we could.
“As coach (Christa) Somits always says, ‘We have to come out and play relentless and a full 50-minute game, as we should with every game. It feels amazing to be the Ches-Mont champs.”
Added Barretta: “It feels amazing, coming in as the underdogs and beat a team with that long of a winning streak. It really couldn’t be better, especially with the amazing group of girls we have.”
The Cougars have won 12 games since bowing to Kennett in the second game of the league season.
“The lost to Kennett really just gave us a reality check,” said Barretta. “We knew exactly what we did wrong and how we could improve. The loss made us a better team.”
“After losing to Kennett we knew we had to step up and come together to set goals for the rest of the season,” added Hunter. “One of our goals was to win every single Ches-Mont game coming up. That is exactly what we did.”
Elise Person – who won the draw to start the overtime session that led to the winning possession – and Hannah Wurzel each scored two goals for the Cougars. Linneau Hughes led Great Valley with five goals and Olivia Muscella added four.
“We really just went over every aspect of the game to make sure we could do our best,” said Barrett about the team’s preparation. “We did a lot of team stuff to make sure we would be able to work well as a unit and that’s exactly what we did.
“This is a huge win for us. In the beginning of the season we were seen as a team that was an easy win. Beating Great Valley completely changes that. We have a target on our back now and we now have to keep playing our game.”
Downingtown East 12, Great Valley 11, OT
Downingtown East 9-2-1- 12
Great Valley 8-3-0- 11
Tori Barretta 7g
Elise Person 2g
Hannah Wurzel 2g
Leah Hunter 1g (GW goal)
Emily Robinson 4 saves
Linnea Hughes 5
Olivia Muscella 4
Kristen Knaff 1
Ashlyn Smith 1
Mia Tornetta 6 saves
Tags: Downingtown East