Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/28/19
Joe Carozza scored his fourth goal in overtime to lift host West Chester East to an 11-10 victory over Bishop Shanahan today in Ches-Mont League play.
The Vikings (3-0) improved to 2-0 in the Ches-Mont while defending Class AA PIAA champion Shanahan (1-1 overall) dropped its league opener.
The Eagles actually led, 7-3, at halftime, but East pulled within 7-5 and later Bryant Maits tied it with less than 2 minutes remaining to send it into OT.
In overtime, sophomore Aiden Long made the key caused turnover and Jesse Roth set it up downfield for Carozza to end it.
“Coach (Jim Schorn) told me to run and gun and now allow them to set up,’ said Carozza of tyhe game-winner. “I just took it right to the cage.
“It’s a huge win for us – we haven’t beaten them in maybe 10 years. They were the best team in the state (Class AA) last year and I have been playing with some of them since we were kids. They have a good team so it’s great to beat them.”
Jacob Greiner added three goals and two assist and Ben Delaney scored twice for the Vikes. Jack Macannaly had 9 saves.
Gabe Goforth had three goals and an assist and Kyle Gucwa and Bryan Rafferty each had two goals and an assist for the Eagles. Tyler Kingsbury won 17 of 22 faceoffs.
Carozza said the Vikings did not get intimidated after falling behind 7-3 at halftime.
“Coach told us at halftime that scoring first would make it 7-4 instead of 8-3 and that it would be a big difference,” said Carozza. “We came out fired up in the second half.”
Carozza said the Vikes have gained great confidence with their strong start.
“I think we are in the toughest league in Philly for public schools,” he said “There are a lot of good teams. Last year Avon Grove won it easily, but this year some teams have caught up. You have to get up for every game.”
Sophomore Aiden Long had a caused turnover in OT and stayed with the play,” said Schorn. “It was anexact example of how our team’s attitude entering the fourth quarter was and he was awarded the game ball.
“Shanahan was well prepared, especially on ‘D’ for us. It took us a while to make the correct changes to be able to compete. They are a high level group of athletes over there.”
West Chester East 11, Bishop Shanahan 10, OT
Shanahan 3-4-2-1-0 -10
WC East 2–1-2-5-1 – 11
Joe Carozza 4g, 1a (OT winner)
Jacob Greiner 3g, 2a
Ben Delaney 2g
Jeff Greiner 1a
Jesse Roth 1g
Bryant Maits 1g
Rocco Grello 1a
Aiden Long CT in OT that led to winning goal
Jack Macannaly 9 saves
K. Gucwa 2G’s 1A
Rafferty 2G’s 1A
Goforth 3G’s 1A
Pezone 11 saves
Kingsbury 17/22 FO’s