Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/7/14
Brittany Edwards pumped in eight goals as visiting Great Valley clinched its third straight Ches-Mont League girls’ championship by defeating host Henderson, 19-13, in the conclusion of a game suspended from Saturday.
The Patriots (14-1 overall) are 10-0 in the league with one game to play (Thursday at Unionville),. Henderson (7-2) is tied for second in the loss column with Downingtown East and Unionville.
“We were very excited when we were able to secure the title today,” said Edwards. “At the beginning season not many people even thought we’d come close to this championship and now it feels amazing that we could prove them all wrong.
“Valley has a strong history in this league and we pride ourselves every year on living up to the teams in the past and keeping GV as a big threat in the area.”
Great Valley led, 12-8, when the game was suspended just as the second half started. The Warriors drew as close as 14-12 with 13:42 to play on Katie O’Donnell’s fifth goal of the game, but the Pats tightened up and dominated the rest of the way.
“We treated today as its own game starting 0-0,” Edwards said. “We didn’t just want to win the whole thing, but play to win this half.
“At one point we called a time out to refocus and after that we outscored them 5-1. We just had to continue to play disciplined and strong as a team and we would be able to secure the win and the title.”
Megan Buettner added two goals and three assists, Olivia Muscella scored three goals, Linnea Hughes had two goals and an assist and Natalie Kahn and Jessica Boyle each scored twice for the Pats. Mia Tornetta made nine saves.
“We came in knowing how important this was and how much we wanted to win it as a team,” said Edwards. “We knew coming in that one person wasn’t going to win it for us and that we all needed to work together to beat them.
“We just had to play our game and it helped that our coaches had full confidence in us so we didn’t need to change anything that we have been doing all season.”
Great Valley 19, Henderson 13
Great Valley: 12 7 – 19
Henderson: 8 5 – 13
Natalie Kahn 2g
Olivia Muscella 3g
Linnea Hughes 2g, 1a
Megan Buettner 2g, 3a
Brittany Edwards 8g
Jessica Boyle 2g
Mia Tornetta 9 saves
Katie O’Donnell 5g
Sara Laudermilch 2g
Katie Heisman 2g
Emily Hagan 2g, 1a
Madison Lampe 1g
Kara Reichert 1g
Julianna Cantar 9 saves