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Boys’ lacrosse: Garnet Valley downs Abington, 8-6, to rebound from tough loss

Friday, 13th May 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 5/13/11
Staff Report

Zach Penfil won 17 of 18 face-offs while Jules Raucci (one assist) and younger brother Robert Raucci each scored three goals as host Garnet Valley toppled Abington, 8-6, tonight in a key non-league boys’ lacrosse game.

The Jaguars finished the year at 14-4 and gained a valuable victory heading into the District 1 seeding meeting Sunday. The win also gave them a lift after falling to Conestoga, 10-6, Thursday night in what amounted to a Central League championship game.

Abington, the Suburban One National Conference champion, finished at 13-5.

“We were quite concerned as coaches coming in,” said Jaguars coach Frank Urso. “We lost a heratbreaker (Thursday) night and it was a physical, hard battle.

“But we came out quick and got a 4-1 lead. We were pleased. We had to put (Thursday) night behind us fast. We told the kids that now everybody is 0-0. They knew we needed the game.”

Vail Urso added a goal and an assist for Garnet Valley while Steve Smyrl scored once.

Matt Gallagher had three goals for the Ghosts, who scored three late talliesto make it closer. Ryan Ambler had a goal and two assists and Matt Figueroa and Nick Pisko each added one goal while Travis O’Connor made 10 saves.

Garnet Valley 8, Abington 6

Garnet Valley 4-0-4-0- 8
Abington 1-2-0-3 – 6

Garnet Valley
Jules Raucci 3g, 1a
Robert Raucci 3g
Steve Smyrl 1g
Vail Urso 1g, 1a
Jake Snow 1a
Mitchell Rose 3 saves
Andrew Thomas 4 saves
Zach Penfil 17 of 18

Brian Gallagher 3g
Ryan Ambler 1g, 2a
Matt Figueroa 1g
Nick Pisko 1g
Anthony Greco 4 GB
Travis O’Connor 10 saves

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