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Galica helps Conestoga take over first place in Central League with 11-9 win over Garnet Valley

Thursday, 21st April 2022

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School  
 

By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/21/22

Kate Galica turned in one of the finest all-around performances of her standout two-year varsity career at Teamer Field Thursday night.

Kate Galica

The Conestoga junior scored five goals, added a pair of assists and grabbed nine draw controls while adding three groundballs and two caused turnovers as the host and No. 5 Pioneers (9-1, 4-0) took over sole possession of first place in the Central League with an 11-9 win over No. 10 Garnet Valley (6-4, 3-1).

“She’s just an amazing athlete,” Conestoga head coach Amy Orcutt said of Galica, an All-American in 2021 as a sophomore.

“You talk about the draw controls. We tell (the players) that if you win draws, you win games. There’s no shot clock in our game, so possession is so important.”

Conestoga’s advantage on draws was 16-6 Thursday night, including 6-1 in the second half.

Galica demonstrated the importance of the draw after Garnet Valley scored twice in the first six minutes of the second half to cut a three-goal deficit to one. She won the next draw, raced through the entire GV defense and built the lead back to two, 10-8.

Less than three minutes later, it was Galica setting up soph Sam Hewitt for another ’Stoga score and three-goal lead.

“Our attack is different than last year’s attack,” said Galica, who has committed to the University of Virginia. “At the beginning of the season, we were trying to figure out who worked well with who. We know it’s not always going to be the first pass that is so important. It could be the second pass.

“In the regular season with the playoffs coming up before long, you don’t want to do too many things that other teams who might be scouting can use against you.”

With the score even at 4-4 midway through the first half, a Galica pass found its way to Piper Kienzle, and Conestoga did not trail again in the game. Galica’s second assist resulted in her team’s final goal.

In between those plays, she used an assortment of fakes, spins and her good speed to make life miserable for Garnet Valley goalkeeper Mak Butler.

“Last summer I tried to concentrate on my dodges,” Galica said. “I wanted to have more of a variety. We’re playing well, and our goal is to go as far as we can in the playoffs.”

Galica, Brooke Braslow, Emma Nikolic, Kat Bielinski and Sophie Borelli were among the players who helped out on the defensive end of the field for Conestoga, which got seven saves in goal from Alana Lepore. Kiki Liebezeit contributed four draw controls and Chloe Brown added three for the Pioneers.

“We still have some figuring out to do,” Orcutt said. “We’re improving each day, and that’s what’s most important to us. We still have some important Central League games coming up.”

Senior Sophie Kinsgborough and sophomore Mia Raucci scored three goals apiece for Garnet Valley. Junior Maddie Shoemaker had two goals and one assist and Kaitlin Stankavage (four draw controls) scored one goal and had one assist.

Sydney Erdman, Stankavage, Erin Barnes, Bridget McCann and Jenny Green were among the Jags’ key defenders.

Conestoga 11, Garnet Valley 9
Garnet Valley: 6-3-9
Conestoga: 8-3-11

Conestoga
Kate Galica 5g 1a 9dc 3gb 2ct
Piper Kienzle 2g
Melissa Hewitt 2g
Kiki Liebezeit 1g 4dc 1ct
Sam Hewitt 1g 4gbs
Alana Lepore 7 saves

Garnet Valley
Erin Barnes- 2dc, 1gb
Sydney Erdman- 2gb
Lex Garrity- 1gb
Sophie Kingsborough- 3g
Bridget McCann- 2ct
Mia Raucci- 3g
Maddie Shoemaker- 2g, 2a, 2gb
Kate Stankavage- 1g, 1a, 4dc, 1gb
Mia Zebley- 5gb, 1ct
Mak Butler- 3 saves

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