West Ch­ester East top­pled by peren­nial power Crest­wood

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bruce Adams

pre­vailed for a 5-1 vic­tory against the Vik­ings, who fin­ished the sea­son with a 14-10 record.

It com­pleted an en­cour­ag­ing post-sea­son for the Vik­ings un­der first-year coach Tay­lor Shronk. Last fall, West Ch­ester East lost in the first round of Districts. This year, with 12 se­niors on the ros­ter, they went much fur­ther in the post-sea­son.

“Our se­niors did a great job of lead­ing this team, on and off the field,” said Shronk. “They set the tone, and they will really be missed.”

On Satur­day, the three se­nior tri-cap­tains – Conlon, at­tack­ing cen­ter mid Lau­ren Fred­er­icks (who is headed to Amer­i­can Univer­sity next fall to play field hockey) and left mid Valerie Fay (who will be play­ing field hockey for Univer­sity of New Hamp­shire) – par­tic­u­larly shone. The trio com­bined for all four of the Vik­ings’ in the 4-3 win against South­ern Le­high, and they came up strong again on Satur­day.

“Val and Lau­ren did a great job stop­ping big balls to­day, through­out the game,” said Shronk.

Lau­ren Fred­er­icks, who is headed to Amer­i­can Univer­sity to play field hockey next fall, said, “Our se­niors are a very close-knit group. A lot of us have played to­gether since the sec­ond grade, when my mom [Jen­nifer Fred­er­icks] coached us on the Fast Flicks field hockey team that played at Gen­eral Wayne Ele­men­tary School.”

The Vik­ings en­tered the PIAA state tour­na­ment as the fourth seed from Dis­trict One, and had to travel an hour for each of their two state tour­ney games.

Satur­day’s con­test was score­less un­til the 19th minute, when Crest­wood ju­nior mid/back Katie Karpin­ski scored on an as­sist from ju­nior mid­fielder Morghan Mur­phy. The score re­mained 1-0 un­til 2:37 be­fore half­time, when Crest­wood ju­nior Ar­den Mor­gans scored off a re­bound to make it 2-0 at half­time.

Less than one minute into the sec­ond half, Crest­wood sopho­more for­ward Janosczyk scored to make it 3-0. But West Ch­ester East im­proved its ball move­ment and pen­e­tra­tion into en­emy ter­ri­tory in the sec­ond half.

“Our pass­ing came to­gether in the sec­ond half,” said Shronk. “Our mid­field­ers did a good job pres­sur­ing up the ball, keep­ing it in the cir­cle.”

Lau­ren Fred­er­icks re­flected on the Vik­ings’ never-say-die at­ti­tude in their two state tour­na­ment games.

“It goes to show that we’re will­ing to put 100 per­cent in, re­gard­less of the score,” said Fred­er­icks. “If one per­son doesn’t carry her load, it weighs down the whole team – we play for each other. The key to this sea­son was that we all love to be around each other ever since we be­gan [pre-sea­son prac­tice] in mid-Au­gust, I con­sider it an honor and an op­por­tu­nity I wouldn’t trade for the world.”

Satur­day, the score re­mained 3-1 un­til 7:30 was left in the game, when Karpin­ski got the ball to Mur­phy to give the Comets a 4-1 lead. With only 42 se­conds left, Crest­wood se­nior for­ward/mid­fielder Jor­dan Olen­gin­ski tal­lied an unas­sisted goal to com­plete the scor­ing.

On the side­lines min­utes after the game, Shronk said, “I am so proud of our team, and what they ac­com­plished this sea­son.”

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