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La Salle beats Lansdale Catholic, re­turns to PCL fi­nal look­ing for 3rd straight ti­tle

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Ed Mor­lock emor­lock@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @emor09 on Twit­ter

The re­sult was SPRING­FIELD » never in doubt.

No. 1 La Salle scored 43 sec­onds into the game and six times in the first 5:57 to start a 19-2 win over No. 6 Lansdale Catholic in the Phil­a­del­phia Catholic League semi­fi­nals at La Salle Col­lege High School’s Glaser Field Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

“We just want to come out here and make a state­ment,” La Salle se­nior Matt Clibanoff said, “just work hard — work our butts off. We wanted to get the ball mov­ing. Our head coach was out to­day — he wasn’t feel­ing too well — so we wanted to come out here and show what we’re all about. The big­gest thing for this team is we know where we can get, but we have to take the little step — stick work is a huge thing for us. We can’t throw the ball away.”

The Ex­plor­ers cer­tainly ac­com­plished that goal. Clibanoff and Christopher Mock­aitis each scored twice in the first 5:57 — along with goals from Bren­dan Meagher and Grant Pinto — to build a 6-0 lead.

They won al­most ev­ery face­off in the be­gin­ning of the game, dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and made scor­ing look ef­fort­less.

La Salle led 8-1 at the end of the first quar­ter, 12-2 at the half, 17-2

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

La Salle’s Grant Pinto turns to shoot near Lansdale Catholic’s Daniel White dur­ing their PCL semi­fi­nal Wed­nes­day.

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