By Karen Sangillo
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/4/22
It was the biggest goal of Mia Raucci’s career, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Raucci’s strike with seven seconds to go in the third overtime gave Garnet Valley a 10-9 win over Owen J. Roberts in today’s PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal at Harriton.
“I was super excited for our team,” said Raucci, a sophomore. “I saw (Maddie) Shoemaker with the ball and she’s a great feeder, so I knew we had it.
“This has been such a fun season. I want it to keep going as long as possible. I love this team. They’re so supportive.”
The Jaguars (17-7) will meet Central league rival Conestoga – an 11-8 winner over Radnor earlier at Harriton – in the semfinals Tuesday at Springfield-Delco at 2 p.m. Owen J. Roberts finishes 23-3.
The Jaguars led, 5-3, at halftime and later stretched the lead to 9-5 midway through the half. That’s when the Wildcats began their comeback.
Kaitlyn Stankavage (2 goals) got a yellow card at 9:01 and the Wildcats capitalized on the one-player advantage, scoring twice before the teams returned to even strength. Blakely Doyle then scored for OJR to make it 9-8 with 6:53 remaining.
Garnet Valley’s defense stiffened, but Ava Clemson tied it with just 50 seconds remaining to force the overtime.
Ava Kane won the OT draw for Garnet Valley, but the Jaguars couldn’t manage a shot before time expired.
The second overtime period saw Stankavage get a good look from the free position but her shot was saved by Owen J. Roberts’ goaltender Korrigan Sweeney, forcing a third overtime.
Garnet Valley won possession of the ball, and the Jaguars’ patience was rewarded with Raucci’s winner.
“We knew we had to finish in overtime,” said Sophie Kingsborough, a senior who scored 3 goals. “We lost a lot of overtime games this year so we kept telling ourselves it was our turn to win one.
“When I saw she (Raucci) caught the ball, she’s so good at that lefty riff, and that’s her non-dominant hard, believe it or not, but I knew she was going to finish low corner and I just had a good feeling. Then it went in and I was so excited, I just had to hug her and jump with my team.”
Kane won 8 draw controls for Garnet Valley, while Mak Butler made six saves in goal.
“We had a decent lead and then they tied it up, but I think we stayed pretty calm,” said Butler. “We knew that they’re very good and they’re going to score, and that’s just what’s going to happen. We knew what we needed to fix and we did it.
“Our defense was able to adjust to what they were doing and I think our communication was the biggest part of that.”
Sweeney made 9 saves for the Wildcats.
The two teams had previously met in the District One quarterfinals, a 6-5 win for Garnet Valley. OJR won the regular season game, 7-4.
“I was very proud of our comeback,” Owen J. Roberts coach David Schlesinger said. “I’m proud of our team.
“They never stopped fighting. They are talented, tough, competitive. They’re everything a coach could ever want.
“We have three seniors on the team, one senior starter, so we’ll be very good going forward. I’m looking forward to next year.”
With the victory, the Jaguars gets a second shot at Conestoga, which defeated them, 11-9, in the regular season.
“They’re a very good team and we need to be prepared,” Butler said.
Garnet Valley 10, Owen J. Roberts 9, 3OT
Erin Barnes- 3dc, 4ct
Sydney Erdman- 1ct
Lex Garrity- 1g, 1a, 1gb
Ava Kane- 1g, 8dc, 2gb, 1ct
Sophie Kingsborough- 3g, 1gb
Mia Raucci- 2g, 1ct (GW goal)
Maddie Shoemaker- 1a (GW assist)
Kate Stankavage- 2g, 2gb
Mia Zebley- 1g, 1dc, 1gb, 2ct
Mak Butler- 6 saves
Owen J. Roberts
Blakely Doyle 1g, 3gb, 1ct
Alexa Vogelman 1g, 1a, 5dc, 4gb, 1ct
Ashley White 3gb, 1ct
Rachel Sbei 3gb, 3cr
Colby Wasson 1g, 1a, 1gb
Gabbi Koury 3g, 2dc, 3gb, 3ct
Kalli Mullen 2gb
Gracyn Smith 1g, 2a
Ava Clemson 2g, 3dc, 4gb
Korrigan Sweeney 9 saves