Cards can’t stop GV’S surge

Jaguars’ 10 straight goals end UD’S sea­son

Springfield Sun - - SPORTS - By Den­nis C. Way dway @21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Den­nisway3 on Twit­ter

UP­PER DUBLIN >> The Gar­net Valley lacrosse team was up against it.

The Jaguars had en­dured a hot, en­ergy-drain­ing bus ride, a lethar­gic start to their Dis­trict One Class AAA play­off meet­ing against host Up­per Dublin and trailed by two goals with 6:23 left in the first half.

It was time to hit the turbo but­ton.

And when they did, the host Cardinals had no choice but to hit the panic but­ton. It didn’t work. The Jaguars ran off 10 unan­swered goals and emerged with a 12-5 vic­tory that pro­pelled them into a Satur­day meet­ing against No. 17 Down­ing­town East — which knocked off top-seeded Cen­tral Bucks West 6-5 — in an quar­ter­fi­nal matchup.

“We have a lit­tle say­ing here, that’s HTB — hit the turbo but­ton,” said Kam­ryn Mc­neal, who had four of the Jaguars’ goals. “That means to kick it up an­other notch and play harder.

“We got to­gether, told every­body to hit the but­ton, and we didn’t stop.”

“That’s some­thing we talk about all the time,” added Jaguars head coach Lau­ren Purvis. “We had a long day, and we needed a boost. So the girls hit the turbo but­ton, and we didn’t stop push­ing our­selves.”

The Jaguars’ surge came as no sur­prise to Cardinals head coach Dee Cross, who was ex­pect­ing the run.

“We’re talk­ing about play­ers who have won a state cham­pi­onship,” Cross said, “so we knew they were go­ing to come back hard.

“We felt pretty good about our­selves, but that team is just so tal­ented and mo­ti­vated.”

And the Cardinals had no an­swers.

The Jaguars’ run be­gan with a Ri­ley De­laney tally with 3:24 left in the half, and Madi O’brien added an­other sec­onds be­fore half­time to tie the game.

Cardinals goal­tender Sarah Herchen­roder made a splen­did save on Madi Mckee early in the sec­ond half, but it only post­poned the in­evitable.

Six unan­swered goals fol­lowed over the next nine-plus min­utes, and the Jaguars were front run­ning and al­ready look­ing ahead to Satur­day’s matchup.

“Our feel­ing here is that if we play Gar­net Valley lacrosse, we can beat any­body,” Purvis said. “There are enough girls here who know what it takes to win, and it doesn’t mat­ter who were play­ing.”

As for Cross, her fo­cus was on the fu­ture.

“We started a team to­day that had three fresh­men and three sopho­mores,” Cross said. “If the girls work hard over the sum­mer, we could be pretty good next year.” Dis­trict 1-AAA Sec­ond Round Gar­net Valley 12, Up­per Dublin 5 Gar­net Valley Up­per Dublin Gar­net Valley Scor­ing: Kam­ryn Mc­neal (4); Ri­ley De­laney (3); Madi O’brien (2); Madi Mckee (1); Regan Nealon (1); Cam­ryn Faith (1). Up­per Dublin Scor­ing: Jackie Rama (2); Han­nah Reape (1); Lind­sey Schreiber (1); Becky Brown­dorf (1), Goal­tender Saves: Sarah Herchen­roder (Up­per Dublin) 10; Lau­ren Kin­nee (Gar­net Valley) 5.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Tri­an­gle Club hon­ored the fol­low­ing se­nior stu­dents. From Left to Right: Abi­gail Gold­stein, Con­nor Mc­me­namin, Alexis Sch­nei­der, Uchechi Nwog­wugwu, Carly Munger, Sonal Tyagi, and Ethan Miller.

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