By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/4/22
As the Twin Valley players left West Chester East High’s Zimmerman Stadium Saturday afternoon, they looked around with thoughts of another possible trip to West Goshen next weekend.
The Raiders had just defeated Cardinal O’Hara, 13-9, in a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal game, qualifying for a semifinal matchup with Strath Haven Tuesday at Methacton (3:30 p.m.)
A win in that contest would put the Raiders in the state championship match, currently scheduled for 10 o’clock Saturday morning at West Chester East. Ironically, Twin Valley’s graduation is scheduled also for 10 a.m. Saturday.
Last year Twin Valley fell to Archbishop Carroll, 14-9, in the state semifinals. The game took three days due to continued storms. The Raiders are glad to get another shot in the semifinals.
“Our coaches watched enough film that they could tell us all (O’Hara’s strengths and weaknesses),” said senior Julia Givens, who had four goals and an assist. “They told us it was up to us to play our game rather than worry about how the other team played. We worked so much at practice all week on stick work and passing and playing good defense.”
Twin Valley coach Courtney Kaplan knew her team had to execute well vs. O’Hara. “We don’t play the teams O’Hara does,” she said. “We watched film on them, saw some things and knew that everyone had to do their job. There was no reason to change our game plan. We stressed defense and getting the draws.”
Anna Kaplan had two goals and two assists and six draw controls for Twin Valley. Jade Shearer had three goals, an assist and five draw controls.
“We talk a lot to each other and make sure everyone is ready,” said Anna Kaplan.
Kaplan, who will play next spring at Loyola (Baltimore) and Givens each scored twice in the opening half as Twin Valley built a 7-4 lead.
“We expected they would come back at us,” Coach Kaplan said. “When they did, we settled in and worked together.”
Goals by Samantha Rhoads and Shearer in the first three minutes of the second half put TV ahead by five before Ellie Miller, who got three goals in each half, answered with two scores for O’Hara. Hadley Munn scored and assisted on a Shearer goal to put Twin Valley back on top by five goals with 10 minutes to play.
O’Hara coach Jen Duckenfield had good kind words to say about the play of both teams.
“They were a good team,” she said of Twin Valley. “They will be tough to beat for whoever else they play. We had some trouble with groundballs in the midfield and had some breaks go against us, like hitting the post three times and having a ball bounce in for a goal against us.
“The best thing I can say about my team is that from the start of the game until it was finished they continued to fight, which was why I was so proud of them. And Ellie Miller, who didn’t start playing lacrosse until she was in ninth grade, really was outstanding today. It was quite a way for her to finish her three varsity seasons.”
Twin Valley 13, Cardinal O’Hara 9
Twin Valley 7 6 – 13
Card. O’Hara 4 5 – 9
Julia Givens – 4G, 1A
Anna Kaplan – 2G, 2A
Jade Shearer – 3G, 1A
Emma Raines – 1G, 1A
Sam Rhoads – 2G
Hadley Munn – 1G, 1A
Kaitlyn Davis – 1A
Emma Winther – 1A
Paige Borkowski – 7 Saves
Ellie Miller 6G
Lexi Culp 1G
Maddie Sharkey 1G
Honor Breen 1G
Mack Hand 7 saves