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Boys’ lacrosse: Conestoga downs La Salle, 10-8, in battle of last two PIAA champions

Saturday, 7th May 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/7/11

Connor Frisina and Tyler Brooke each scored three goals as visiting Conestoga defeated La Salle, 10-8, today in a boys’ lacrosse game involving the teams that met in the state finals each of the past two years.

The Pioneers, ranked No. 1 in the PIAA division of the PA Media Rankings, improved to 15-1. La Salle, ranked No. 4, fell to 10-5.

La Salle's Matt Rambo is defended by Conestoga's Ben Karr during Saturday's 10-8 win by the Pioneers (Photo by Scott Growney)

Last year Conestoga toppled La Salle in the PIAA title game after bowing to the Explorers in the PIAA championship game the year before.

Clearly, these two teams are leading contenders. In this one, Conestoga led by one or two goals most of the way. The Pioneers were a week removed from a disappointing 11-6 loss to Haverford School and looking for some redemption against a top-rated team.

“We came off a big loss last Saturday and to come out with a big win is a big confidence booster,” said Conestoga senior midfielder Billy Flatley, who had a goal and an assist. “For the past week the team has kind of been down and moping around at practice.

“ On Friday we got hyped up and today we stepped up. This was the time to show we can win the state championship.”
Flatley said the Haverford School loss exposed some areas of concern.

“We cleaned out a lot of things this weekend,” he said. “We watched some film against Haverford and it showed us what we needed to work on.

“We needed to work on our slides. We were letting them go right by us and into the crease where they were wide open. We really buckled down. And on offense we tried to do too much as one person and we were not working as a team.
Today that helped us win.”

Kevin Forster led La Salle with four goals and an assist while Matt Rambo scored twice and Sean Coleman had a goal and an assist.

The game’s biggest stat was perhaps the Explorers’ nine unforced turnovers.

“We could have had this one, that’s why it’s so frustrating,” said La Salle coach Bill Leahy. “We threw the ball away too many times and our stickwork was lazy.

“Offensively, we failed to get it done. Early in the year we struggled on face-offs, team defense and goaltending. Today we did well in all those areas, but the offense did not do its job.”

Conestoga 10, La Salle 8

Conestoga 3-3-1-3- 10
La Salle 2-2-2-2- -8

Adam Goins 1g
Connor Frisina 3g
Tyler Brooke 3g
Billy Flatley 1g, 1a
Mike McGragor 1g
Kevin Rudd 1g, 2a
John Lopes 3 saves
Robbie Zonino 3 saves

La Salle
Zack Jones 1g
Sean Coleman 1g, 1a
Matt Rambo 2g
Kevin Forster 4g, 1a
Jack Bogorowski 1a
John Lawlor 3 saves
Cory Shaffer 3 saves

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