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Springfield-Delco dominates second half, topples Conestoga, 8-3, to clinch state berth and draw semifinal matchup with Radnor

Saturday, 21st May 2022

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 5/2/22 – From Staff Report

Jimmy Kennedy and his Springfield-Delco teammates knew not to panic at halftime.

Yes, the “2” on the scoreboard wasn’t ideal. But it was still higher than the number “1” next to Conestoga’s name in their District 1 Class 3A quarterfinal.

Jimmy Kennedy

Yes, Conestoga’s standout junior goalie, Patrick Jameison, looked dangerously locked in. But the looks were there, Kennedy reasoned. And with time, pressure and possession …

“Once you see him get ready, you’ve got to think about where you’re going to shoot,” Kennedy said. “Obviously this game, two goals going into halftime, he’s hot, and it’s hard to get on a goalie that’s hot. So he really makes you think.”

Kennedy and his teammates solved the puzzled after the break, rattling off six straight goals to break open a tie game and run away with an 8-3 win over Conestoga.  

The fourth-seeded Cougars (16-4) advance to meet top-seeded and Central League rival Radnor in Tuesday’s District 1 semifinals and their eighth straight state tournament appearances. No. 12 Conestoga (12-8) slips into playbacks with a shot to get to states if it wins Tuesday.

The key to the goalkeeping vault that is Jameison came in transition. In six-on-six offense, Jameison was simply outstanding, with 16 saves and a menacing presence in the cage. The Duke commit has so few and fleeting weaknesses that shooters can get in their own heads, trying to be too perfect or tightening the grip on their sticks.

“Part of my mindset is if I make the first couple of saves, then I feel like I’m locked in for the rest of the game,” Jameison said. “If I get off to a hot start, it’s good for me and good for our defense.”

And with a 2-1 lead at halftime, maybe a lesser team than Springfield might have started to think there was no way past Jameison. Perhaps Chase Kelly’s goal to tie it at 2 just under three minutes into the second half might have exacerbated that.

But Springfield took back the lead just 11 seconds later, thanks to Tyler Gougler in transition. Another transition goal 31 seconds later saw Kennedy punch home a Bryan Seavey feed. And Springfield was off to the races.

“Definitely getting him off his game in transition rather than just seeing solid six-on-six shots is great,” said Ryan O’Connor, who assisted on Gougler’s goal, said of Jameison. “I mean, he’s unbelievable. Probably the best goalie in our state, one of the best goalies in the country. So getting him different versions of shots, not just six-on-six, really helps.”

The Cougars had the ball all day, with Colin Hannigan going 13-for-14 at the X. In the rare instances they didn’t have it, they were soon to get it back, thanks to 13 turnovers caused by the defense. The four main poles – O’Connor, Nick Labutis, Shane Phillips and Connor Roache – contributed 10. They limited Conestoga to just nine total shots, Josh Crowther having to make just two saves in goal.

“Hannigan is a gamechanger,” Kennedy said. “Last Thursday, 18-for-18, and today only losing one faceoff. You’re getting every possession. It really gets us the ball all day.”

Gougler and Kennedy led the way with two goals and an assist each. Aidan Kreydt opened the scoring, and Matt Shandley added a second-quarter goal from Kennedy. Sean Donaldson and Matt Dickinson popped home fourth-quarter goals with Jameison pressing out of the cage.

Patrick Reilly added his second goal of the game in the final minute, but it was too little too late for the Pioneers.

Springfield-Delco 8Conestoga 3
Conestoga 1 0 1 1 – 3
Springfield 1 1 3 3 – 8

Patrick Reilly 2g
Chase Kelly 1g
Brody Eaton 1a
Patrick Jameison 16 saves

Aidan Kreydt 1g
Matt Shandley 1g
Jimmy Kennedy 2g,1a
Tyler Gougler 2g, 1a
Bryan Seavey 1a
Ryan O’Connor 1a
Sean Donaldson 1g
Matt Dickinson 1g
Colin Hannigan 13-for-14 faceoffs
Josh Crowther 2 saves



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