By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/5/11
The Garnet Valley girls’ lacrosse team jumped out to a 6-1 lead and defeated Archbishop Carroll, 15-10, Saturday at Harriton and earned a spot in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) semifinals.
The Jaguars (22-3) will meet District 3 third-place finisher Penn Manor, which advanced by outscoring Disttict 7’s Sewickley Academy, 21-17, in the quarterfinals. The game will be played at Gov., Mifflin High in Shillington, Berks County, Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Garnet Valley, the District 1 runner-up, scored three goals in less than three minutes to open the game Saturday and led, 8-4, at halftime, before opening up an 11-4 bulge early in the second half.
Halley Barnes and AnnaElise Morello each had four goals and three assists for Garnet Valley, while Ally Heavens scored four goals. Kara Stroup had two goals and an assist and Haley Warden scoured once while Kate Stroup made 11 saves.
Hannah Schmitt led Carroll with five goals and two assists. The Patriots, the District 12 champion, finished at 18-4 and have been eliminated in the state quarterfinals in each of the three years of the tourney.
Garnet Valley, meanwhile, continues on despite a team comprised mostly of juniors. The Jags dominated the draw controls and used a strong passing game to control the tempo from start to finish.
“We’re an underdog team and this year I think we all knew we wanted to do it for the seniors and each other,” said Heavens. “We’re never satisfied after each game. I think we work on the little and the big things come into (play).
“This season we have all come together and the best part is that we play as one.”
Heavens said the Jags did not employ any special defenses against the Patriots, who had scored 17 goals against Archbishop Wood in the District 12 championship game and 19 more against Boyertown in the first round of PIAA play.
Garnet Valley held Archbishop Carroll to six goals until the Pats tallied four goals in the final 4:54 of the game.
“They have a great offense, but we don’t dwell on their best players,” said Heavens. “We just work on our team defense because if one girl gets beat it has to be the next person.
“We’re like one big family. You think that going this long we’d get sick of each other, but we still like to come and play lacrosse.”
Garnet Valley 15, Archbishop Carroll 10
Garnet Valley 8-7-15
Archbishop Carroll 4-6-10
Halley Barnes 4g, 3a
Ally Heavens 4g
AnnaElise Morello 4g, 3a
Kara Stroup 2g, 1a
Haley Warden 1g
Kate Stroup 11 saves
Hannah Schmitt 5g, 2a
Natalie Schmitt 1g
Maddie Lesher 1g
Kerry Newby 1g
Rachel Flynn 1g
Gabbi Hull 1g
Sam Moore 1a