By Willie McGonigle
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/7/08
With the 2008 boys’ season nearing its end, teams are fighting for playoff spots in the final Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EP SLA) playoffs.
That made Wednesday’s non-league contest between visiting Penn Charter of the powerful Inter-Ac League and Penncrest of the always-rugged Central League crucial for both teams.
The host Lions started strong with a 3-0 lead in the first period, but Penn Charter rallied for a 12-9 victory. The Quakers, ranked seventh by Phillylacrosse.com, improved to 13-7 while Penncrest fell to 9-9.
“We started off slow, but we came out in the second quarter and our defense picked up,” said Quaker senior Ryan Goldman, who scored three goals. “We started winning face-offs.”
The Quakers also received three goals from Joey Sankey, and two goals apiece from Stephen McVeigh, Colin Still and Blaise Fullen. Dan Carr notched eight saves to earn the win.
Penn Charter head coach Pat McDonough gave credit to Penncrest: “They are a top-notch team; you always have to come out and get on them.”
Dan Jones led the Lions with three goals.
Penn Charter now gears for a showdown with Phillylacrossecom’s No. 1 team, Malvern Prep – which clinched the Inter-Ac title Tuesday – Friday at home.
The Lions need a win next Tuesday against Strath Haven in their Central League finale to remain in the race for an EPSLA berth.