By Matthew Ryan
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/25/22
Radnor coach John Begier called time out and told his top-seeded Raptors not to panic when visiting Springfield-Delco scored six unanswered goals to seize a 9-8 lead late in Tuesday night’s District 1 Class AAA boys’ semifinal.
“We’re just trying to keep our composure, and the biggest thing is just do this all together,” Begier said about his message to the team. “Hit singles and not try to hit home runs.”
The message worked.
Junior attackman Mason Montrella quickly tied the game, and later in overtime, senior Mason Brown won the opening faceoff. After another timeout, senior attack Ryan Goldstein lost his defender and scored the game-winner for a 10-9 Radnor victory.
The Raptors (19-2) advance to meet second-seeded Downingtown East – an 8-7 OT winner over Unionville – in the title game Thursday at Ridley (7 p.m.). Radnor downed Downingtown East, 11-7, on May 7.
Springfield-Delco (17-4) will host No. 19 seed Unionville (4 p.m.) in the third-place game.
The Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening minutes, but the Raptors responded with six straight goals to send them into the half up 6-2. In the third quarter, Radnor extended its lead to 8-3, but that’s when Springfield went on its 6-0 run, the last three goals coming from senior midfielder Matt Shandley.
“We came out ready to play, and they answered, and they came back strong in the fourth, and then they caught us, and then we came back,” senior attack Ryan Goldstein said. “It was a great game.”
“Springfield played great,” Begier said. “They’re a very, very well-coached team, and every time we play, it’s like this. (Springfield) brought everything tonight.
“This game could have gone either way. (I) feel lucky that we found our way in overtime, but it could have gone either way. Two very good teams that have played for a long time, and it’s a really good rivalry.”
Goldstein, a Cornell commit, led the Raptors with four goals and three assists, and Montrella added two goals. Radnor senior goalie Nate Brown was a standout with 13 saves, including seven in the second half.
Last season, the Raptors, who went on to win the PIAA championship, beat the Cougars in the regular season but then lost to them in the district semis. Earlier this season, Radnor beat Springfield, but there was no revenge win Tuesday.
“Last year, we lost to them in the district semis. This is a big game for us, coming back. Kind of revenge,” Goldstein said. “We were ready to go today.
“They’ve kind of dominated us over the years. It’s good to get this one back. I always want to win that one.”
The loss for the Cougars ends their quest for back-to-back District 1 3A titles, but perhaps makes a statement heading into the third-place game and states.
“I love these guys. I know what they’re all about,” Springfield-Delco head coach Tom Lemieux said. “We’ve been together since they were little, and I never doubted their heart for a second. I’m glad they showed everybody what they’re made of, but unfortunately, it didn’t turn out in our favor today.
“Radnor has one of the best teams and best coaching staffs around. We knew we were in for a dogfight.”
Senior Ethan Johnson, who came in as goalie in the second half, had a strong performance, finishing with seven saves in his limited action. Shandley, who is committed to Catholic University, led the team with four goals, and junior Jimmy Kennedy added two goals.
Radnor 10, Springfield-Delco 9
Ryan Goldstein — 4g, 3a
Mason Montrella — 2g
Max Goldstein — 1g
Nick Lucchesi — 1g
Will Gallagher — 1g
Colin French — 1g
Nate Lucchesi — 1a
Nate Brown — 13 saves
Mason Brown — 10 FO wins
Matt Shandley — 4g
Jimmy Kennedy — 2g
Conor Aughe — 1g
Sean Donaldson — 1g
Matt Dickinson — 1g
Aidan Kreydt — 2a
Tyler Grougler — 2a
Michael Hoey — 1a
Bryan Seavey — 1a
Josh Crowther — 2 saves
Ethan Johnson — 7 saves
Colin Hannigan — 11 FO wins