La Salle tops Ro­man, claims PCL ti­tle

The Globe - - LETTERS - By Mike Prince

Af­ter de­feat­ing such pow­er­house teams as Con­estoga, Gar­den City ENY), Gil­man EMD) and most re­cently, Haver­ford, La Salle has been prov­ing it­self to be one of the top few teams in the area more and more ev­ery day.

The Ex­plor­ers had some­thing else to cel­e­brate on Mon­day af­ter­noon at La Salle Col­lege High School, as they de­feated Philadel­phia Catholic League coun­ter­part Ro­man Catholic, N5-5, in a game which clinched the PCL for the Ex­plor­ers for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

La Salle sopho­more Travis Miller led the Ex­plor­ers, who im­proved to T- 0 in league play, with three goals while lead­ing his team to the con­vinc­ing vic­tory.

“It felt great to win that and clinch our league,” Miller said. “We worked great as a team and we had a lot of good ball move­ment and a lot of good chem­istry on this team. It just felt good to get out there with the team.”

Miller didn’t score his fiUsW JRDl unWLl lDWH Ln WKH fiUsW KDlI, EuW Ey WKHn, WKH Ex­plor­ers had al­ready done more than take care of busi­ness.

,n WKH JDPH’s fiUsW 14 PLnutes, La Salle had built up a T-N lead, with se­nior Sean Cole­man scor­ing two goals to lead the way.

“I think what is big is that we got Sean Cole­man back a cou­ple weeks ago and he’s been the fa­cil­i­ta­tor of our of­fense,” La Salle coach Bill Leahy said. “Not hav­ing him in there was tough.”

Michael Rihm and Mitch SRu­flHULs DlsR scRUHG WZR goals apiece for the Ex­plor­ers, while Ai­den her­ri­gan DnG AGDP ScKDDl HDcK fin­ished with a goal and two as­sists.

La Salle led NN-2 at the half af­ter Jeff Cim­bal­ista scored with three min­utes, PN sec­onds re­main­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter to cap the fiUsW KDlI scRULnJ.

“Th­ese wins give us a lot RI cRn­fiGHncH, EuW ZH NHHS it pretty hum­ble out there and play ev­ery game like it’s a chal­lenge for us,” Miller said. “The quick starts keep the mo­ti­va­tion go­ing and it keeps us in the games. We start out well with good con­fiGHncH.”

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also scRUHG IRU LD SDllH – WKH fiUsW goal of the game – while se­nior Matt Rambo added a goal and an as­sist in his limLWHG SlDyLnJ WLPH Ln WKH fiUsW half.

La Salle goal­keeper Nick Hreshko stopped three shots Ln nHW Ln WKH fiUsW KDlI WR HDUn WKH ZLn, ZKLlH CRnRU ScD­fiGL took over in the sec­ond half, stop­ping six shots while SlDyLnJ YHUy ZHll Ln WKH finDl 24 PLnuWHs.

We take a lot of great pride in our league,” said Leahy, whose team has a very tough test in Rad­nor this Thurs­day af­ter­noon. “We have a very big game com­ing up and it’s WKH fiUsW SlDcH WHDP Ln WKH Cen­tral League ver­sus the fiUsW SlDcH WHDP Ln WKH CDWKR- lic League. That makes for a great game.”

When asked how far he be­lieves his team could go this year, Leahy wasn’t sell­ing his team short what­so­ever with his ex­pec­ta­tions.

“The state cham­pi­onship – that’s our goal,” he said. “Num­ber four for us.”

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