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genkintown had one of the better seasons in recent iady arakes’ history, but a deep run into the state tournament was not in the cards for gim oomano’s crewK
pteelton-Highspire essentially led wire to wire in a TQ-P9 win over genkintown in the mfAA Class A second round at darden ppot High pchoolK qhe iady oollers’ transition game and physical play proved too much for the iady arakes from the opening tip-off and although they played better as the game went on, it was never closeK
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being shut out in the second quarter. The Lady Drakes knew if they wanted to advance, Dorshimer had to be score and when she was ineffective, Jenkintown was in for a rough game. The Lady Drakes went into halftime down 46-21 and there was no chance of a comeback.
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The second half was more of the same. Jenkintown struggled to score in the third quarter, often times missing wide open layups. Although Steel-High did not score at the alarming rate LW wDs sFRrLnJ DW Ln WhH firsW half, the Lady Rollers only allowed eight points in the SHrLRd. ,n WhH finDO SHrLRd, Tate-DeFreitas dropped six SRLnWs WR dHDO WhH finDO EORw in what is a stinging end to a great season at Jenkintown.
The Lady Drakes ended the season 21-6, champions of the Bicentennial League fndependence Division. They lost in the championship game of the District One tournament and were the second seed in the mfAA Class A tournament. Although Romano would have liked to make a deeper run into states, he is very happy about what the Lady Drakes accomplished this year.
“We had a tremendous season,” Romano said. “They all accomplished personal and team goals this season and that’s what it’s all about. They have a lot to be proud of and f’m proud of them. After this we’ll start over again and hopefully we’ll be able to get into states again next season.”
SIGNEES… The La Salle College High School lacrosse program, which is preseason ranked No. 7 in the Nation by Inside Lacrosse Magazine, recently announced the commitments and signing of 14 Division I collegiate lacrosse student-athletes. Those signing included (from left) front row, George Uhrich (Defense, U.S. Naval Academy), Sean Coleman (Midfield, Harvard University), Andrew Eidenshink (Defense, Fairfield University), Andrew Grajewski (Defense, Monmouth University), Mike Pascali (Midfield, Mount St. Mary’s University), and Adam Schaal (Attack, Boston University); back row, Nick Hreshko (Goalie, Monmouth University), Brendan McGonigle (Midfield, College of the Holy Cross), Conor Resch (Defense, Yale University), Stefan Bergman (Defense, University of Michigan), Jeff Cimbalista (Attack, Yale University), Matt Rambo (Attack, University of Maryland), Zach Drake (Midfield, Lehigh University), and Brian McNamara (Midfield, St. Joseph’s University).