By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/30/15
Conestoga head coach Amy Orcutt missed her team’s District 1 semifinal loss to Great Valley earlier this month.
“I heard all about it and we talked about it,” Orcutt said.
“I know Great Valley has a fantastic team. We just had to do what we could to be ready this time when we played them.”
Conestoga (22-3), which finished fourth in the district tourney as the top seed, used a first-half scoring outburst and a solid defensive effort today to topple district champion Great Valley (21-4), 12-9, in a PIAA Tournament quarterfinal at West Chester East.
The Pioneers, who earned the 2015 Central League championship, will meet league rival Radnor at Haverford High Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the state title game in Hershey June 6. Radnor will be trying to earn its fourth trip to the finals while ‘Stoga will be seeking its first chance to play in “Chocolate Town USA.”
“We only scored one goal in the second half,” Orcutt said. “We might have played our best first half of the season, so I still believe this is a fantastic win.”
Junior Sondra Dickey scored all of her four goals in the first 15 minutes for the Pioneers. Monica Borzillo, another 2016, chipped in with three goals and two assists, and Maggie Stetson got a pair of scores.
“We ran our motion offense,” Dickey said. “We pass, pass and pass. And then we go to goal. We’re always trying to make something happen.”
In order to make the attack work, the Pioneers depend on Borzillo to direct things whenever she has possession of the ball.
“I’m supposed to be the quarterback of the offense,” Borzillo said. “But it’s really a team thing. Whenever I get the ball behind (the goal cage), the team settles down.
“That’s when things can happen. If I can get them the ball, they know what to do with it. And that doesn’t always mean going to goal.”
Conestoga beat Great Valley, 11-10, when the teams met in April. The Patriots got the better of the Pioneers, 12-11, in the semifinal round of districts.
Natalie Kahn scored three goals and Ashley Smith (two assists) and Olivia Muscella added two goals for Great Valley. Muscella’s goals cut Conestoga’s lead to 11-9, but a goal and an interception by Borzillo put things in the win column for Conestoga.
“This means a lot, getting revenge for that loss,” Borzillo said. “They beat us in the (district) playoffs. We didn’t want that to happen again.”
Dickey backed up Borzillo’s sentiments.
“There’s not much better than beating Great Valley,” she said.
Orcutt was delighted with the way Maddie Little defended Patriots 2016 Kristen Knaff.
“(Knaff) scored six goals against us in the last game,” Orcutt said. “Maddie face-guarded her and we really played pressure defense well.
“I’m so happy with the outstanding job they all did.”
Conestoga 12, Great Valley 9
Conestoga 11 1 – 12
Great Valley 5 4 – 9
Conestoga: Sondra Dickey 4G, Monica Borzillo 3G 2A, Maggie Stetson 2G, Scottie Growney 1G, Liz Scott 1G, Chrissy Walton 1G.
Great Valley: Natalie Kahn 3G, Ashlyn Smith 2G 2A, Olivia Muscella 2G, Kristen Knaff 1G, Megan Buettner 1G, Linnea Hughes 3A.
Saves: Laney Stenson (Con) 3, Jules Horning (Con) 4; Mia Tornetta (GV) 8.