Spring-ford starts fast, han­dles Up­per Dublin

Springfield Sun - - SPORTS - By Ed Mor­lock emor­lock @21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @emor09 on Twit­ter

ROYERSFORD >> Spring-ford never trailed in its Dis­trict 1-AAA sec­ond-round game against Up­per Dublin.

The No. 4 seeded Rams led for all but 90 sec­onds of its 12-7 win over the No. 13 seeded Cardinals at Springford High School Thurs­day night.

Spring-ford will host No. 5 seeded Cen­tral Bucks East in the quar­ter­fi­nals Satur­day at a time to be de­ter­mined.

Ryan Rosen­blum got the Rams on the board right away. Af­ter Gavin Hare won the face­off, the of­fense cir­cled the ball around Up­per Dublin’s goal un­til Rosen­blum stepped in and let a shot rip into the back of the net 53 sec­onds into the game.

Drew Giovinco scored the game-win­ner less than a minute and a half later off an as­sist from Tate Pi­janowski to make it 2-1.

The Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cham­pion Rams would ex­tend that lead to 4-1 with goals from Rosen­blum and Dan Cas­sidy. The Cardinals would never get closer than two goals the rest of the way.

“Early we were mov­ing the ball and get­ting good shots,” Cas­sidy said. “They were play­ing man. We’re pretty good in man. Ryan Rosen­blum was play­ing well, beat­ing his guys and get­ting good shots off. That was what got us go­ing in the first six min­utes.”

“(Spring-ford is) a good team,” Up­per Dublin coach Dave Sow­ers said of the slow start. “They’ve got some re­ally good play­ers and we’re ex­tremely young. We don’t have a se­nior out on the field. Their se­niors are kind of push­ing our fresh­man around and we’ll get bet­ter.”

Cas­sidy and Jared Marenger iced the game at the end of the third quar­ter. They each scored in the fi­nal 21 sec­onds of the third to turn a 7-5 game into a 9-5 edge with 12 min­utes re­main­ing.

“That’s the ugly head of in­ex­pe­ri­ence,” Sow­ers said. “We re­ally only have three kids on that team that played last year ... We have to keep the ball on the ground there and not let them get it up. That sec­ond goal in that lit­tle time span ran it up to four — that one hurt. That was the one that hurt.”

“That was a big mo­men­tum swing,” Cas­sidy said. “There was still a whole quar­ter left. We were real ex­cited, es­pe­cially af­ter Jared had that real nice goal. We had to bring ev­ery­one in the hud­dle and say, ‘Let’s relax. We’ve got 12 more min­utes to play. Let’s keep do­ing what we’ve been do­ing.’”

Cas­sidy led Spring-ford with a game-high five goals, Rosen­blum scored four and Marenger added two.

Max Wine­brake paced Up­per Dublin with four goals.

The Cardinals cut their deficit to 5-3 with a minute and a half left in the first half when Wine­brake scored his third goal. He ap­peared to score his fourth with eight sec­onds left in the half to make it a 5-4 game, but the goal was called off by the of­fi­cials.

The loss brings Up­per Dublin’s sea­son to an end. The de­fend­ing dis­trict champs fin­ished sec­ond in the Sub­ur­ban One League Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence be­fore fall­ing to Spring-ford in the sec­ond round of dis­tricts.

“We’ve had a lot of ad­ver­sity,” Sow­ers said. “We go into this week and find out that our start­ing long pole’s in­el­i­gi­ble. We go into our Tues­day game and right be­fore the game I find out one of our starters was in a car ac­ci­dent. We started the sea­son with four kids sus­pended. It was great that these kids said, ‘This is life. Fig­ure out the ad­ver­sity and just keep play­ing hard.’ Ab­so­lute suc­cess this sea­son. This many young kids are play­ing against a team that good in the sec­ond round of Dis­trict 1, we’re just go­ing to get bet­ter.” Dis­trict 1-AAA Sec­ond Round Spring-ford 12, Up­per Dublin 7 Up­per Dublin Spring-ford 1 4 2 1 2 4 2— 7 3—12 Goals: UD: Max Wine­brake 4, Colin Asper, Jed Han­son, Jerry Bar­dol. SF: Ryan Rosen­blum 4, Drew Giovinco, Dan Cas­sidy 5, Jared Marenger 2. As­sists: UD: Jerry Bar­dol 2. SF: Tate Pi­janowski, Jared Marenger, Dan Cas­sidy, Ryan Rosen­blum 2. Saves: UD: Lo­jeski 8. SF: Kyle Pet­tine 2.

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