By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/1/08
With only four seniors and a new coach, few would have expected such a strong season for Villa Maria Academy.
So, even after the Hurricanes were eliminated from the District One Class AA tournament Tuesday at home in a 14-9 loss to Unionville, rookie coach Christa Somits spoke with pride about the 2008 season.
Villa Maria finished 19-3 overall, went undefeated in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies League and then defeated defending champion Merion Mercy a third time to win the league tournament title.
The Hurricanes then won their first district game in several years, a 19-7 victory over Owen J. Roberts, before bowing to the Indians.
“I am so proud of the season,” said Somits, a Henderson graduate who played on West Chester University’s first NCAA championship team in 2002. “It was a young team and as a whole we did a lot of things Villa has not done in a while.”
Villa Maria had several impressive victories this year. The Hurricanes beat Ches-Mont National power Downingtown East, 8-4, in the Katie Samson Festival. They also had wins over perennial Pioneer Athletic Conference contender Pottstown, 16-12, and Inter-Ac League power Germantown Academy, 14-12.
The only Villa losses heading into districts were to Central League heavyweight Strath Haven, 13-11, and undefeated Radnor, the top-ranked team in the Phillylacrosse.com Poll. That helped Villa Maria earn the fourth seed in a strong Class AA field.
The offense was led this year by Chelsea Fay, Mary Liva, Cathy Young, Kyrstin Mackrides, Jordan Christopher and Olivia Maggitti. Beth Young and goalie Sarah Radie paced the defense.
“We beat Downingtown East and Germantown Academy and we were very close to Strath Haven,” Somits said. “And then we got past the first round (of districts).
“It was a neat year and we started a new legacy at Villa. I think we’re going to build from that next year.”
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