By Bradley Schlegel
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/2/15
EXETER, Pa. – Mike Stump scored four goals to lead St. Joseph’s Prep to a 19-7 victory over Cumberland Valley Tuesday in a PIAA semifinal game at Exeter High.
Michael Shapiro and Alex Scalamandre each added three goals for the District 12 champion Hawks (19-5), who advanced to the PIAA title game Saturday for the first time since 2011. Michael Marchese registered nine saves. The Prep will face Radnor, which upended Springfield-Delco, 12-5, at 2:30 p.m. at HersheyPark Stadium.
“This is awesome,” said Stump, a 2016 attackman.
Rod Jamieson notched three goals for the Eagles (21-4), the No. 2 seed from District Three. Stevie Peters contributed one goal and three assists amidst a steady rain.
Peter Gayhardt, Griffin Fleming and Stephen Tobia each scored twice for St. Joe’s Prep.
“I like the way this team is playing at most important time of the season,” Hawks head coach Andy German said.
Daniel Fisher and Bernie Halfpenny combined to win 17 of 28 faceoffs against Cumberland Valley.
“It’s been such a long road,” Stump said. “Playing with a new head coach, a lot of the players were not sure we’d make it this far. Now we get to finish our season in Hershey.”
Stump scored all four of his goals in the first quarter to the Hawks take a commanding 8-0 lead.
“We came out early with a ton of energy,” he said. “A big thing for this team is to play fast. Our offense clicked right away, and I was able get in the right place. My teammates did a great job getting me the ball, and I was able to place my shots.”
Marchese recorded several key saves during the first quarter to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard. German called his goalkeeper a leader and St. Joe’s Prep’s best player.
“Mike is unbelievable,” the coach said. “He doesn’t get enough credit. In this state, he’s as good a goalkeeper as there is.”
Cumberland Valley 1 3 2 1— 7
St. Joseph’s Prep 8 4 5 2 — 19
Rod Jamieson 4g
Devon Heckman 1g
John Miller 1g
Stevie Peters 1g, 3a
Nic Brown 17 saves
Beau McCarber 1 save
St. Joseph’s Prep
Kevin Stump 4g, 1a
Peter Gayhardt 2g
Michael Shapiro 3g, 1a
Griffin Fleming 2g, 2a
Alex Scalamandre 3g
Stephen Tobia 2g
Andrew Watts 1g 1a
Tim O’Brien 1g, 1a
D.J. Antonacio 1g
Kyle Scheuerle 1a
Michael Marchese 9 saves
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