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Girls’ lacrosse: Radnor tops Downingtown East, 10-8, in early-season showdown

Friday, 1st April 2011

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Posted 4/1/11
Staff Report

Natalie Miler had four goals and two assists and Taryn Deck added four goals and one assist as visiting Radnor rallied from an early 5-1 deficit and defeated Downingtown East, 10-8, today in a battle of Philly girls’ lacrosse powers.

The Red Raiders, ranked No. 4 in the PA Media Rankings, improved to 2-0. The No. 5 Cougars fell to 2-1.

Radnor scored four unanswered goals to close the first half with a 5-5 tie. Emily Solenberger (two goals, one assist) gave the Cougars the lead with 24:06 to play, but Deck and Miller scored the next four goals in a span of 5-and-a-half minutes.

Armed with a 9-6 lead, the Raiders went into a stall and held the ball for 14 minutes before the Cougars scored twice to draw within 9-8. But Deck scored again to seal it with less than a minute to play.

“It was an exciting game,” said Radnor first-year coach Brooke Fritz. “They got off to a 5-1 lead and our defense wasn’t dropping.

“We were letting them set up. I told them that if they were going to beat us because they were more talented, then so be it. I wanted them to just go and play hard and we became super aggressive. Our defense really stepped up.”

Leah Gallagher was a key at midfield for Radnor, scoring once and adding four draw controls and three caused turnovers. Kristen Norden scored once and goalie Annie Woehling was strong with eight saves.
For Downingtown East, Kelly Devlin had two goals and three assists and Ashley Poli and McKenzie Rafferty each scored twice.

Radnor lost nearly its entire starting lineup from a squad that won the first two PIAA championships. It also lost longtime coach Phyllis Kilgour, who retired.

“This helps our confidence,” said Fritz. “It felt like a playoff game; afterwards the entire team piled on in the middle of the field.

“The captains really made the difference. Annie (Woehling) wanted to prove something after not making the U19 team and Leah Gallagher had the ball on her stick most of the second half.”

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