By Karen Sangillo
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/10/19
Max Dunar picked a perfect night to have a career game.
The junior goaltender for Central Bucks West made 20 saves to help the Bucks toppled Pennsbury, 7-5, and clinch the Suburban One League National Conference championship at War Memorial field.
Not only did West (14-2) win its first conference title since it established the sport in 2002, it capped an undefeated (9-0) league campaign. The Bucks close their regular season today at Radnor as they seek a high seed and first-round home game for the District 1 tournament.
“Max had the best game of his career,” CB West coach Matt Coverdale said. “He absolutely stood on his head. Some of the saves he had in tight; he really was able to see the ball well.
“He definitely was challenged this evening. They were pressing the cage from multiple angles. They’ve got some really strong offensive players. I can’t say enough about Max.”
Dunar embraced the challenge of a championship atmosphere.
“I think it was definitely a step up from how I usually do,” he said. “Everything was flowing, the adrenaline was going. I just trusted myself. I was a little nervous because I knew what was at stake.”
Pennsbury (11-6, 5-4) tied the game, 3-3, with two goals to open the third period, but CB West answered with goals by Jake Lang, Erik Ojert (two goals) and Jake Ojert (one goal, one assist) to make it 6-3 and Pennsbury never got closer than two goals.
Jeff Woosnam (one assist), David Ross and Connor Albrecht also scored for CBW.
“I feel so happy for these guys,” Coverdale said “They’ve worked so hard. They’ve got such great character and discipline the work ethic is there, the understanding of the game is there.
“We’ve eked out a number of wins and to be able to capture the title undefeated against a very, very good National Conference, we’re especially proud of what these guys were able to do.
“They’ve adapted very well to a lot of situastions and what teams have tried to do against us and that speaks to their lacrosse IQ and discipline.”
In the first quarter Garrett Hitchens of CB West registered his 500th career face off win.
“It’s great,” Erik Ojert said of winning the conference crown. “It’s something I’ve been after for four years and to get it my senior year is just huge. Pennsbury had a lot to play for. They’re trying to get into the playoffs so we knew they were going to fight. They made it a little closer than we would have liked.
“We were trying to settle on offense we were having some problems with that but our defense stepped up and Max just played out of his mind, he came out possessed. It was crazy.”
The top 24 teams in power point rankings advance to the District One Class 3A tournament, which begins on Tuesday. Pennsbury was ranked 20th on Thursday while CB West was fifth.
Avery Dysart had three goals for Pennsbury.
“We’ve got a lot we’ve got to work on, obviously,” Pennsbury coach Drew Artin said. “We’ve had a lot of ups and downs this season. We’re not a perfect product and we have to keep going.
“This is a rebuilding year for us. We’ve got a lot of young guys that are seeing time and we need them to play at a higher level.
“We love our guys and we want them to be successful and play with effort and we can’t ask for more. They fought the whole game. Coming up short is disappointing for us. CB West is a good team and I think we showed there’s a lot of parity among the teams in our league.
“Overall as a team I liked the energy we had. Everyone from both ends of the roster played well. I wish we could have pulled it out but it is what it is.”
Central Bucks West, 7, Pennsbury 5
PB 1 0 3 1 -5
CBW 1 2 3 1 -7
Avery Dysart 3g
Jesse Keaton 1g 1a
Luke Nolan 1a
Nick Sutton 1g 1a
Luke Nolan 5 saves
Jeff Woosnam 1g 1a
David Ross 1g
Jake Ojert 1g 1a
Connor Albrecht 1g
Jake Lang 1g
Erik Ojert 2g
Max Dunar 20 saves
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