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Girls’ roundup: North Penn shocks Abington to take share of title

Thursday, 8th May 2008

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Posted 5/8/08

Lauren McDermott scored five goals and Alyssa Culp added three as host North Penn shocked previously-undefeated Abington, 13-12, Thursday to claim at least a share of the Suburban One National Conference girls’ championship.

The win gave the Maidens (14-4 overall) a final league mark of 11-1 and dropped the Ghosts (16-1) to 10-1. Abington, ranked fifth by, must defeat Pennridge on Tuesday to tie for the crown.

Last year, North Penn, Abington and Council Rock North tied for the title.

The Ghosts whipped the Maidens, 19-7, when the teams first met at Abington April 17. But this time North Penn took a 9-6 halftime lead and got standout defense from Dianna Milano, Sara Ciaverelli, Caley Britton, and Brittany Hanrahan to hold on to the victory.

“I think when we left Abington the last time – and they pretty much dismantled us and picked apart our defense – we kind of made a promise to ourselves that we’d get better every day and win out in the league so we could face them again,” said NP coach Jami Wilus.

“I think they were more motivated bv the fact that I don’t think anybody gave us a chance. They were pretty much writing Abington in as the winner of the Suburban National.

“As far as we were concerned, that title came through us.”

Ali Herman added a goal and two assists for NP while Halie Lear and Ali Green scored once each. Lyndsy Hepler posted seven saves, including one key saves in the final seconds, for the win. Rachel Dirksen had five goals to lead Abington and Lisa O’Donnell added two goals and two assists.

“This team has been really resilient,” Wilus said. “We have only three seniors playing now. The rest are underclassmen. This team showed more fight and desire than I have ever seen. I knew it would be tough to win, but I knew they could do it.”

Harriton 20, Penn Wood 6

Carli Sukonik tallied four goals while Allison Zuzelo, Betsy Hurtado and Cori Sussman added three apiece as the visiting Rams claimed a key Del-Val League win and moved into first place.

Harriton (12-5, 6-1) is one-half game ahead of Sun Valley (6-2 league), which defeated Interboro (5-2), 15-14, Thursday. The Rams will need to defeat the Bucs Wednesday on the road to clinch the crown. Goalie Sam Trudgeon made eight saves for Harriton.

Sun Valley 15, Interboro 14

Krissy Finn’s goal with two minutes to play lifted the host Vanguards to a stunning comeback in the Del-Val game. Interboro led, 10-4, at halftime.

Kelly Custer pumped in eight goals for Sun Valley, which avenged a 15-8 loss to the Bus two weeks ago. Steph Parcell scored five goals and Danielle Haney added three for Interboro.

Notre Dame 11, Baldwin 10, 2OT

Kelly McCallion (four goals) scored in the final seconds of the second overtime to lift the Fighting Irish (14-4, 7-3) to the Inter-Ac League win over the Bears (13-4, 6-4). Katie Blumenthal added three goals

Freshman Sloan Warren scored six goals for Baldwin, giving her 120 for the season.


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