By Karen Sangillo
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/1/22
Lansdale Catholic made comeback after comeback. But Lampeter-Strasburg had the final answer Tuesday.
Just 21 seconds into overtime, Stewart McClain (5G, 1A) scored off a Colin Sullivan (2G, 4A) feed to give L-S a thrilling 10-9 win over the Crusaders in the PIAA 2A opening round at La Salle College High.
The Pioneers advance to face District 2 champ Wyoming Seminary in the state quarterfinals Saturday. Wyoming Seminary beat District 4’s Lewisburg 20-8.
Connor Mann had three goals to pace Lansdale Catholic, which closes at 15-8 with its second straight District 12 2A championship.
Flannery and Patrick McKeever each had two goals and an assist, Patrick Cooney scored twice.
A game effort wasn’t quite enough for Landale Catholic to get past Lampeter-Strasburg.
The fourth quarter was a wild one. Flannery and Mann scored back-to-back LC goals to tie the game, 7-7, before Lampeter-Strasburg scored twice and with 7:21 to go ahead 9-7.
A minute later McKeever scored to give the Crusaders hope and with 4:50 to go, Flannery stuck the tying goal in. LC had possession in the final seconds but could not convert.
“I think we just found those extra gears,” said Flannery, a junior. “We have a lot of seniors, we have a lot of people leaving after this, so we just looked them in the eyes and knew that if we wanted to continue, we had to fight as hard as we could.
“We got off to a slow start but once we got going, we found our stride. We got some possessions and we capitalized on a few and that helped a lot.
“I’m looking forward to next year. We have a lot of starters graduating so people are going to have to step up big and that’s where chemistry is going to be so important. We’re building, step by step.”
LC coach Mark Princehorn admitted LC made its share of mistakes, was proud of his team’s resilience.
“They’ve got some great players, Stewart McClain, Connor Sullivan, extraordinary players, any coach would like to have those guys,” he said. “We did our best to try to stop them, but they carried that team.
“But our guys fought like hell. We had some problems with some penalties early and gave them some advantageous situations on some man-ups that they capitalized on and you can’t do that.
“The first quarter into the second was a tough hole to dig out of and I give our guys credit, they did it. They left everything on that field.”
It started off well enough for Lansdale Catholic. The Crusaders scored first when Mann converted just 56 minutes into play.
But Lampeter-Strasburg, the District Two third place team, responded with four consecutive goals to take a 4-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. Mann and Cooney both found the cage for LC in the second quarter and closed the gap to 4-3 by halftime.
McKeever scored the first goal of the third quarter, but Lampeter-Strasburg battled back with two goals to retake the lead. Cooney struck again to put LC in striking distance before the Pioneers ended the quarter with a late goal to head into the final period with a 7-5 lead.
Lampeter-Strasburg 10, Lansdale Catholic 9 (OT)
L-S 4-0-3-2-1 – 10
LC 1-2-2-4- 9
Stewart McClain, 5 goals, 1 assist
Colin Sullivan, 2 goals, 3 assists
Gavin Denlinger, 2 goals
Jack Filius, 1 goal
Barrett Denlinger, 1 assist
Bryce Thomas, 7 saves
Connor Mann, 3 goals
Patch Flannery, 2 goals, 1 assist
Pat Cooney, 2 goals
Pat McKeever, 2 goals, 1 assist
Colin Corbett, 1 assist
Jack Kennedy, 3 saves
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