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Girls’ lacrosse: Barnes OT goal lifts Garnet Valley past Harriton in Central League showdown

Thursday, 19th April 2012

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School  

By Harry Chaykun, Posted 4/19/12

Garnet Valley head coach Kate Henwood checks the mirror each morning.

“I think I’ll have about 17 new gray hairs the next time I look,” Henwood said after her visiting Jaguars, the top-ranked team in the state, survived a 13-12 Central League overtime matchup with previously undefeated Harriton Thursday afternoon.

It was the second OT win in three games for Garnet Valley (11-0 overall, 6-0 Central League), and the second time in three seasons that the Jags needed extra time to earn a decision at Harriton.

Senior Halley Barnes, whose overtime goal decided the Jaguars’ game at Avon Grove Saturday night, took a pass from AnnaElise Morello and fired in the winner after 40 seconds of overtime Thursday. Sophomore Haley Warden helped make things possible for her senior teammates by earning the draw control that began overtime.

“Draw controls get things started for us and are so key,” Barnes said. “(Morello) and I make good connections. We knew we didn’t have to force anything, but we knew we needed to score.”

Warden recently accepted the job of taking draws.

“Everyone has to contribute,” she said. “I knew we really needed the draw in overtime. I was just trying to make sure I didn’t false start.”

After that it was up to Morello, who had four assists in addition to scoring two goals, to work her magic with Barnes (three goals, one assist).

“When we make eye contact, then we work with it,” Morello said. “I get the ball (around the goal) and give it up when I have to.”

Henwood and her players will take a couple days off before beginning preparations to put their 15-game winning streak (over two seasons) to the test with their next Central League challenge, which will come from Springfield-Delco Tuesday.

“Games like this are what the Central League is all about,” she said.

Ally Heavens added two goals and two assists and Haley Warden had two goals and an assist while Ashley Pyle scored twice. Kate Stroup made 16 saves.

Harriton, which trailed by three goals with nine minutes to play, battled back on goals from Maddie Pisani, Jessica Schwab (her fourth) and Caleigh Foust, who claimed a ground ball at midfield, raced through the defense and tossed in the tying tally five seconds before the end of the second half.

The Rams (10-1, 5-1) were without senior Ally McLaughlin, whose efforts at draw controls have been key to their success. McLaughlin, who scored four goals in a win over Conestoga Tuesday, was taking part in a state-wide science and technology competition.

“I’m proud of the way we played and got back in the game,” Rams coach George Dick said. “That last goal (Foust’s) was all heart.

“This season still has a long way to go, and we’ll be there.”

Garnet Valley 13, Harriton 12

Garnet Valley 6-6-1—13
Harriton 6-6-0—12

Maddie Pisani 2 G 1 GB 1 CT
Caleigh Foust 2 G 2 A 2 DCs 3GBs 2 CTs
Katie Melvin 1 G 1 GB 1 CT
Jane Henderson 1 DC 3 GBs 1 CT
Maura Henderson 1 DC 1 GB 1 CT
Alison Tepper 1 DC 1 GB 2 CTs
Melina Avery 12 Saves

Garnet Valley
AnnaElise Morello 2g, 4a
Halley Barnes 3g, 1a
Ally Heavens 2g, 2a
Haley Warden 2g, 1a
Ashley Pyle 2g
Kara Stroup 1g
Dana Davis 1g
McGrath 1a
Kate Stroup 16 Saves

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