By Bradley Schlegel
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/24/16
Madi O’Brien scored four goals to lead Garnet Valley to a 12-9 victory Saturday afternoon in the 16th annual Katie Samson Foundation Festival at Radnor High School.
“Madi comes up huge in big games,” Jaguars coach Jenny Purvis said. “She has an incredible explosion towards the net.”
Emily Mathewson contributed two goals and four assists for the third-ranked Jaguars (10-1), who scored four of the final six goals to preserve their victory. Riley Delaney and Camryn Faith each added two goals.
“This was a good, competitive game,” Purvis said. “Lacrosse is the most fun game around on two feet, and it’s even more fun when you win.”
Julia Hondros delivered a game-high five goals for No. 2 EA (14-2). Taylor Lucey registered two goals and three assists.
With Garnet Valley clinging to an 8-7 lead midway through the second half, Faith delivered a shorthanded goal. Then O’Brien’s tally extended the team’s lead to 10-7 with 11:38 remaining.
“Our offensive flow was much better than it had been,” said O’Brien, whose three first-half goals allowed the Jaguars to build an 8-3 halftime lead. “We were more patient in our attack, which was our goal.”
According to Purvis, an 8-6 loss to Springfield-Delco on Tuesday forced her team to refocus. “We wanted to get back to the basics,” she said.
Purvis and O’Brien called Episcopal Academy their toughest opponent of the season.
“We played like our hair was on fire,” said O”Brien, a junior attacker said.
Garnet Valley 12, Episcopal Academy 9
Garnet Valley 8-4- 12
Episcopal 3-6- 9
Madi O’Brien 4g
Emily Mathewson 2g, 4a
Camryn Faith 2g
Riley Delaney 2g
Kara Nakrasius 1g
Michelle Koscinski 1g
Kamryn McNeal 1a
Regan Nealon 1a
Tish Minford 9 saves
Julia Hondros 5g
Taylor Lucey 2g, 3a
Grace Norley 2g
Isabelle Rohr 1a
Katie Krager 1a
Sydney Gagnon 3