Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/10/21 – Staff Report
Archbishop Carroll’s Julia Basciano said the entire 2021 lacrosse season has been a wild ride due to COVID-19 – so why would a simple state semifinal game be easy?
It took three days, but Basciano’s Patriots have advanced to the PIAA Girls’ Class AA Championship for the first time since 2017.
The Patriots claimed a 14-9 victory over Twin Valley this morning at Methacton in a game that was postponed Tuesday and suspended Wednesday in the second half due to stormy weather.
Carroll (19-4), the District 12/Catholic League champion, will meet fellow Delaware County foe Strath Haven Saturday at West Chester East at 10 a.m. for the title. The Patriots won their only appearance in the state final, in 2017 when they toppled Springfield-Delco for the AAA crown.
“Dealing with this crazy season, this team has been faced with many obstacles,” said Basciano. “So waking up for a game 3 days in a row was not an issue for us. We were all still hyped and ready to play.
“It is amazing to reach state finals with the best teammates and hardest working girls.”
Saturday’s game will be aired live on be aired live on PCN.
Strath Haven advanced to the finals with a 12-11 victory over the Catholic League’s Cardinal O’Hara. That contest was was completed Wednesday after it too was suspended in the second half on Tuesday.
Carroll was holding an 11-8 lead when play resumed today with 15:51 left today. The Pats outscored the Berks County champion and District 3 runner-up Raiders (20-3), 3-1, the rest of the way.
ACHS jumped out to a 3-0 lead just three minutes into its contest versus Twin Valley and pushed its advantage to 6-2 as Emma Talego accounted for three early goals. Holding an 11-8 advantage with 15:51 remaining in the game on Wednesday evening, the contest was postponed due to lightning and play resumed on Thursday morning.
Emma Talego and junior Kiley Mottice led the Patriots with four goals and an assist apiece, while senior Keri Barnett chipped in two goals, one assist, five draw controls and two groundballs.
Sophie Kvetan posted 8 saves and Michaela Henry had four draw controls. while Karli Dougherty had four caused turnovers and three groundballs on defense.
Twin Valley was led by Anna Kaplan, Sarah Gowman, Hadley Munn and Emma Raines with two goals each. Goalie Ava Morrow had 8 saves.
“Twin Valley had a lot of firsts this year,” said Twin Valley coach Courtney Kaplan. “We won the Berks County Championship, made it to the District Finals, and ended playing in the State Semifinal game.
“No other Berks County team (girls or boys) has ever reached the final four. We did it with only two seniors and a team full of multi-sport athletes who love to compete. Emma Raines led the league with 103 goals this year, second in Berks history and Anna Kaplan was the player of the year and led in points in Berks County this year.”
Basciano did not feel the Patriots would be hindered by having just one day off before the state final.
“I do not think it will be harder to prepare with just one day of practice because we have been working towards this goal all season,” she said. “It just takes one practice for us to get focused and prepared for the game.”
Archbishop Carroll 14, Twin Valley 9
Carroll 10 – 4 – 14
Twin Valley – 6 – 3 – 9
Julia Basciano 2g, 1gb
Keri Barnett 2g, 1a, 5dc, 2gb
Sarah Durham 1g
Emma Talego 4g, 1a
Kiley Mottice 4g, 1a, 1dc, 1ct
Nicole Pawelec 1g
Sienna Golden 2dc, 1ct
Michaela Henry 4dc, 1gb
Golden 1ct, 1gb
Karli Dougherty 4ct, 3gb
Katie Karoly 1ct
Brooke Wilson 1gb
Chloe Bleckley 2gb
Sophie Kvetan 8 saves
Julia Givens 1g
Anna Kaplan 2g
Sarah Gowan 2g
Hadley Munn 2g
Emma Raines 2g
Ava Morrow 8 saves