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Swart’s 200th goal is only one highlight of Archbishop Carroll’s rout of @HarritonLax

Saturday, 22nd April 2017

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School  
 

By Matt Chandik
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/22/17

When Sam Swart gets the ball up top in Archbishop Carroll’s offense, the best defense might be to simply hope she misses the net when she shoots.

Archbishop Carroll’s Sam Swart scored her 200th career goal and had seven in all

With her speed and athleticism, Swart is nearly unguardable from there, and she readily admits that it’s her favorite spot to jumpstart the Patriots’ offense.

“I feel untouchable when I’m up there,” Swart said. “My teammates get me open by going to one side, so I have a 1v1 all day. I love that. I feel like I can get it any time.”

It was fitting, then, that it’s how Swart got her 200th career goal that way. She took the ball, swept topside and ripped home a shot with 47 seconds left in the first half of Saturday’s stunning 18-3 rout of Harriton in a nonleague game between two of the area’s best. Swart came into the game with 196 goals and left with 203, the result of an impressive seven-goal outburst. Make no mistake about it, either. The Syracuse signee knew exactly where she stood with regard to the milestone before the game.

“When I came into it, I had to get four more goals, and I just happened to get seven,” Swart said. “I knew where I was and I’m thankful that Coach (Lorraine) Beers allowed me get my 200th goal. It wasn’t centered on, ‘make Sam get 200 goals.’ It was more, like, ‘let’s win the game first,’ and it just happened to work out.

“There was (less than a minute) left in the half, my teammates got me the ball, I was able to get it up top and take a 1v1. Right when it went in, that feeling of relief was finally done.”

The Patriots have struggled to break through past the second round of the state tournament, but against the Rams, they looked every bit the part of a team that could be holding up hardware at West Chester East on June 10. Harriton (8-3) grabbed an early 2-1 lead on the strength of two Greta Stahl goals, but the Rams were hit with a yellow card.

Thirty-two seconds was all it took for Carroll to seize a 4-2 lead, and the Patriots added another goal right as the yellow card expired to spark an 11-0 run that easily put the game out of reach.

Katie Detwiler

Beating the Rams, perennially one of District 1’s premier programs, with such conviction served notice to everyone that this year’s Patriots have as good a chance as any to break through the glass ceiling that has stopped them before.

“I think we did (make a statement),” said Katie Detwiler, who buried four goals, set up Sydney D’Orsogna and Swart’s 200th, and grabbed five draw controls. “I think a lot of teams underrate us.

“They don’t think we’re as good as them because we’re the private school that’s not in the big league, so I think this game will teach a lot of public schools that we’re a lot better than we have been and that we’re really going to make an impact on states this year.”

It’s tough to argue with the Loyola commit, especially after the dominating performance that she and her teammates put on. D’Orsogna finished with four goals and an assist, while Anna Murphy, Amber Germer and Alex Cabahug-Almonte rounded out the scoring. Maddie Ferraioli was good on the few times she was called upon, stopping three shots. Most notably, Carroll controlled the draw circle by winning 16 of 22 draws.

That being said, it’d be foolish to imagine that Harriton won’t be able to bounce back from this. The Rams, who also got a goal from Claudia Conrad, simply ran into a buzzsaw. A rematch with Carroll could loom in the playoffs, and it’s as good a learning experience as any for Harriton.

“I think that Carroll is an amazing team,” said Harriton goalie Devin McClain, who was strong with eight saves. “They were really quick, really good on cuts and they had an amazing offense.

Harriton’s Devin McClain

“I think our defense was playing really well, but a lot of us were saying that sometimes things didn’t go our way and I don’t think we reacted to it well. It kind of snowballed.”

To say the least, but from the looks of it, Harriton won’t be the only team that falls victim to the Patriots in convincing fashion.

Maybe this time, the Patriots will be the ones on top of the PIAA mountain.

Archbishop Carroll 18, Harriton 3
Archbishop Carroll 11 7 – 18
Harriton 2 1 – 3

Archbishop Carroll (7-0)
Sam Swart 7g
Katie Detwiler 4g, 2a, 5 DC
Sydney D’Orsogna 4g, 1a
Anna Murphy 1g
Amber Germer 1g
Alex Cabahug-Almonte 1g
Madison Henry 1a
Maddie Ferraioli 3 saves

Harriton (8-3)
Greta Stahl 2g
Claudia Conrad 1g
Devin McClain 8 saves

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