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Scholastic roundup: Ridley edges Strath Haven, clinches Central League

Tuesday, 6th May 2008

Categories Boy's/Men's, Girl's/Women's, High School  

By Ben Skalina & Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/6/08

Rob Lamey scored the game-winning goal with 3 minutes and 31 seconds to play as host Ridley clinched its first Central League championship since 2002 by claiming a thrilling 6-5 win over Strath Haven Tuesday night in boys’ action.

The Green Raiders (16-2 overall) finished 8-1 in the Central League after dropping their league opener to Radnor. They are ranked fourth by

Strath Haven (12-6, 4-4) led, 5-4, until Ridley’s Dan Stranix tied it with 6:22 left off a feed from Steve Gregg. Raiders goalie Scott Kellett (six saves) made several clutch saves in the final minutes.

“We’re excited about it (the title), but we have bigger goals,” said Lamey, who had two goals and an assist.

Kyle Blakemore, Brett Greer and Brian Hill also scored for Ridley, which led, 3-2, at halftime. Sam Hargrove and Justin DelSordo had a goal and an assist each for the Panthers and goalie Will Torrence posted seven saves.

“We want to get better every game and I’m not sure if we’re doing that,” said Ridley coach Kevin Ellers. “We still have our work cut out for us.”

Harriton 8, Interboro 7

Carli Sukonik (five goals) scored off a feed from Allison Zuzelo with eight seconds to play to cap a clutch comeback victory for the host Rams on Senior Day in their Del-Val League win over the Bucs.

The win moved the Rams (11-5, 5-1) one-half game ahead of the Bucs (9-4, 4-1) in the race for the Del-Val crown. The two teams will meet one more time.

Chrissy Pasquariello scored with less than seven minutes to play to tie it before Sukonik notched the game-winner. Defenders Carolyn Flannery, Erica Farley, MacKenzie Morgan, Meg Ferguson, Olivia Arronson and goalkeeper Sam Trudgeon (six saves) played strong defense for the Rams.

Steph Parcell had five goals while Kerri Boon added two goals and three assists for Interboro. Melissa Jenkins made eight saves.

Conestoga 12, Marple Newtown 11

Brooke Campbell collected four goals and three assists to lead the visiting Pioneers (11-5, 6-3) to the Central League win over the Tigers (6-9, 3-5).

Kaitlin Hildebrand and Amy Bernier each added two goals for Conestoga while Kim Shoup had seven saves. Melanie Sarcinello had three goals and two assists and Renee D’Angelo added three goals for Marple Newtown (7-8, 3-6).

Germantown Acad. 16, Agnes Irwin 10

Amanda Jones pumped in seven goals and Olivia Mann added four goals while Kate Henrich had two goals and three assists as the visiting Patriots (8-8, 4-5) claimed the Inter-Ac win.

North Penn 18, Pennsbury 8

Lauren McDermott tallied six goals to lead the visiting Maidens (13-4, 10-1) to a Suburban One National win over the Falcons (8-8, 5-6). North Penn hosts undefeated and first-place Abington Thursday.

Strath Haven 19, Ridley 8

Emily Garrity scored seven goals and added two assists while Annalise Penikis added three goals and five assists to lead the seventh-ranked Panthers (14-3, 6-2) to an easy Central League win over the Green Raiders (9-7, 3-4).

Courtney DeVinney added three goals and two assists for Strath Haven and goalie Danika Ervin was strong with 12 saves. Julia Lanzetta had three goals for Ridley.

Germantown Fr. 15, Shipley 14

Betsy Sachs fired in eight goals and had two assists to lead the host Tigers (9-6, 6-1) to the Friends Schools League win.Tara Stokes netted five goals and Jess Rosenbluth for added two goals and three assists for the Gators (8-8, 5-2). The teams will meet again next Tuesday in the league semifinals at GFS.

Episcopal Acad. 15, Notre Dame 8

Blake McHugh tallied four goals and Libby Eyre and Megan Spagnola added three goals apiece while Sammi Arbitman dished five assists to lead EA (12-4, 8-1) to the Inter-Ac League win. Caitlin Powers made a whopping 22 saves for the Churchwomen.

Baldwin 13, Springside 12

Freshman Sloan Warren scored five goals, increasing her season total to 114, as the visiting Bears (13-3, 6-3) claimed the Inter-Ac triumph. Maggie Mae Shields added three goals and two assists and Ali Pedersen posted 10 saves.

Mount St. Joseph 17, Merion Mercy 12

Nicole Schuster and Lori Beppel each colleted five goals and four assists and Tara Beppel had two goals to help the host Mount (13-2, 9-2) claim the Catholic Academies League win.

Downingtown West 23, Henderson 9

The host Whippets (15-2, 11-0) clinched the Ches-Mont National crown with the victory over the Warriors.

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