Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/9/21
It didn’t seem to bother Radnor goalie Robert Hobbs that the Raiders’ PIAA Class AAA semifinal Tuesday vs. Conestoga was suspended by storms at halftime with his team leading, 7-4.
“It wasn’t ideal having the game start late right as we finished warmups (Tuesday) and then having the game rescheduled at halftime was brutal,” said Hobbs. “but our coaches made sure we came into this game fresh.
“We treated it like we were tied again 0-0. Nobody in the locker room after the game was complaining, we knew we still had a job to do. For me it wasn’t ideal because I felt like I was getting into a groove, but like everyone else I had no choice but to restart and get ready for the next game.”
Hobbs and his team were apparently well prepared. Radnor dominated the second half of the 2-day game, scoring the first five goals today to spark a 13-5 triumph. The Raiders will meet Kennett – an 11-10, double-overtime winner Tuesday over Garnet Valley – in the title game Saturday at West Chester East at 4:30 p.m.
Hobbs had 12 saves overall, but credited his defense led by Grant Pierce, Will Gallagher and Carson Smith, LSMs Casey Ott, Thomas Barton, and Luciano Chadha and defensive middies Mark McKeon, Peter Vitale, and Giordan Romando.
“My defenders are awesome,” Hobbs said. “I don’t believe there is a defensive group out there better than them. We mesh really well together as a unit because I feel like we are friends first and teammates second.”
“They force bad shots from teams and I feel like they make my job easier. We came in really focused and were ready for anything.”
When asked what it means to be heading to a state championship game, Hobbs said, “We have been waiting for this game for 2 years now. ‘Stoga knocked us out 2 years ago so we were focused on this game and getting to a state championship.”
Radnor’s offense was led by Nick Lucchesi and Jack Murphy, who each tallied four goals. Ryan Goldstein added a goal and three assists while Damien Ramondo had a goal and two assists.
“It’s all about my teammates, they are always getting me the ball and finding me when I’m open,” said Murphy.
How did Radnor solve Conestoga sophomore All-America goalie Patrick Jameison?
“We obviously knew he was a great goalie, but we knew that if we just took smart shots, changed planes and shot it hard that we could score on him,” Murphy said.
“We also did a good job of being smart with the shots we took because we knew if we just took the first semi-decent opportunity for a shot on a possession, that he’d more than likely save it.”
Radnor 13, Conestoga 5
Radnor 4-3-3-3 – 13
Conestoga 1-3-0-1 – 5
Jack Murphy 4G
Nick Lucchesi 4G
Ryan Goldstein 1G 3A
Damien Ramondo 1G 2A
Chris Begier 2A
Tommy DeShan 1G
Drew Cox 1G
Nate Lucchesi 1G
Peter Vitale 1A
Thomas Hannum 1/8 FO
Mason Brown 3/11 FO
Reese Evans 0/1 FO
Robert Hobbs 12 Saves
Nate Brown 3 Saves
Pat Reilly 2g,1a
Joey Allen 1g,1a
Ian Kim 1a, 16/20 face off wins
Mike Austin 1g
Graham Blatchford 1g
Patrick Jameison 5 saves
Mickey Hayden 2 saves