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PIAA boys’ roundup: @Stoga_Lax (AAA), @wchendersonlax (AA) advance to finals

Tuesday, 6th June 2017

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 6/6/17

Four players scored two goals and James Reilly won 11 of 13 faceoffs while Scott MacMillan posted 10 saves as Conestoga defeated Mt. Lebanon, 13-3, today at Cumberland Valley to advance to the first PIAA Class AAA championship.

The District 1 champion and Central League co-champ Pioneers (22-3) will face the Avon Grove-Central Bucks East winner in the title game Saturday at West Chester East at 4 p.m.

Nick Braendel of Conestoga scores one of his two goals (Photo by Tim Flatley)

Tommy Sopko and Nick Braendel each had two goals and an assist and Henry Berg and Kent Hjelm each scored twice for the Pioneers. Sean Bailey added a goal and three assists as Conestoga broke open a 2-2 game by outscoring Mt. Lebanon (13-10) 7-1 in the middle periods.

Conestoga seeks its first state title since 2012 when it finished off three straight overall PIAA crowns. From 2009 until 2016, the PIAA had one classification.

Class AA

Henderson 20, Mars Area 9

Archer Rymiszewski poured in six goals as the Warriors (20-3) advanced to their first PIAA title game with a big second period.

Henderson trailed, 3-2, early and led just 5-4 after one period, but took a 9-4 lead into halftime and and then 16-6 after three periods.

The Warrors will shoot for their first PIAA crown Saturday at 2 p.m. at West Chester East when it meets Springfield-Delco, which defeated Henderson, 4-3 in the District 1 final.

Henderson last won a “state” title in 1973 when it claimed the old Avery F. Blake Memorial Trophy, toppling Hill School, 12-6. In 1993 in reached the finals and fell to Germantown Academy. In 2000 the old Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association was formed; it met the western winner for the state crown and in 2009 the PIAA began to sanction the state playoffs. Current coach Paul Stankewicz was the head coach of that 1993 team and an assistant to Bob Brinton on the 1973 team.

Matt Turse (3 goals), Joe Saulino (2 goals, 4 assists), Nick Mascetti (2 goals, 3 assists), Luke Wierman (2 goals, 2 assists) and Dylan Teeter (2 goals 1 assist) also had big days for the Warriors. Wierman also was dominant at the face-off X.

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