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PIAA playoffs: @LaSalle_Sports downs @Shanahan_mLax, 8-7, on OT goal by Baskin

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 6/1/16

Brett Baskin scored off a Jared Walls assist with 2:29 left in overtime Wednesday night as La Salle defeated Bishop Shanahan, 8-7, in the first round of the PIAA tournament at Plymouth Whitemarsh High.

Jared Walls (left) and Brett Baskin combined to score the winning goal Wednesday night

Jared Walls (left) and Brett Baskin combined to score the winning goal Wednesday night

The Explorers (19-3, ranked No. 3 by advance to the quarterfinals Saturday vs. 25-0 Wilson-West Lawn (a 12-3 winner over Shady Side Academy) at a site and time to be determined.

Bishop Shanahan, No. 8 in the rankings, closes at 18-4.

The Eagles had come back from a 6-4 deficit to take their first lead, 7-6, on a goal by Connor Heisman with 6:58 to play. But Cody Mazurek (two goals) tied it on an EMO goal with 4:35 to play and La Salle had possession for the final several minutes of regulation but failed to convert.

Shanahan’s Ryan McNulty scooped the groundball off the OT face-off and Shanahan worked it around. But a pass to McNulty was broken up by Explorer defenseman Matt Webster, and Walls snared the groundball. He sped up field on a transition and waited until Baskin was open. Baskin (two goals, three assists), faked goalie Jason Yoquinto and deposited the game-winner.

“I just wanted to get in front of the net and not fade away,” said Baskin. “I tucked my stick a little and got to the middle of the cage and just finished. From our defense down to me, I had the easiest job. They got the stop, Jared got the groundball and he drew the guy and I was lucky I caught the ball and finished.”

“It was a great win, a team win,” added Walls. “I saw the ball on the ground and I knew I had to get it. At that point you win or your go home. I picked up the ball and saw Bret right away. I knew I had to draw a slide so I just pushing it until I was able to dump it off to him.”

Alex Wagner led Shanahan with three goals; two of which pulled the Eagles within 5-4 early in the second half. Kohler Setley put la Salle up 6-4, but then McNulty, Eli Goforth and Heisman scored.

Bishop Shanahan coach Jon Heisman said it was a disappointing end to a strong game for the Eagles, who have lost in the first round of states three straight years.

‘It’s a shame, we had a great year,” he said. “I am extremely disappointed that the outcome wasn’t different. That’s a great team but we played our tails off.

“That man-up (on the tying goal) killed us and we didn’t have a man-up all game. We have a great group of seniors and we’ll regroup and give it another shot next year. We did everything we could but win.”

Said La Salle coach Bill Leahy: “I was very impressed (with Shanahan), they are a well-coached team and that’s one of the first things I said after watching film. I love how we handled their zone early and then our mentality went man-to-man and that’s not how you beat a zone.”

La Salle 8, Bishop Shanahan 7, OT

La Salle 2-3-1-1-1 – 8
B. Shanahan 2-1-3-1-0- 7

La Salle
Cody Mazurek 2g
Brett Baskin 2g, 3a
Brendan Meagher 1g, 1a
Matt Clibanoff 1g
Ethan LaMond 1g
Kohler Setley 1g
Jared Walls 1a
Colin Cahill 1a
Michael Clibanoff 5 saves

Bishop Shanahan
Alex Wagner 3g
Ryan McNulty 1g
Eli Goforth 1g
Nck Skulski 2a
Sam Goforth 1g
Spencer Bicking 1a
Connor Heisman 1g
Ryan Smith 1a
Jason Yoquinto 7 saves

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