Car­roll’s too much for Cru­saders

Souderton Independent - - SPORTS - By Denny Dyroff

For Mont­gomery Me­dia

Even though Lans­dale CDWKROLF fieOd KRFNey FRDFK Con­cetta Va­le­rio is in her fiUVW VeDVRn DV KeDd FRDFK RI the Cru­saders, she knew full well what to ex­pect when tak­ing her team to play a game against Arch­bishop CDUUROO Rn WKe 3DWULRWV’ fieOd.

“They’re al­ways good,” said Va­le­rio. “They al­ways have girls with re­ally good stick skills.”

The Cru­saders were treated to an up-close and per­sonal look at the Pats’ skills Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon in a JDPe DW CDUUROO’V JUDVV fieOd in Rad­nor. Arch­bishop Car­roll scored in the open­ing minute, had six goals in the book by half­time and went on to post an 8-0 Philadel­phia Catholic League win.

Va­le­rio, a Nor­ris­town na­tive who was an NCAA Division III All-Amer­i­can when she played for Kean Univer­sity in New Jersey, is a for­mer Kennedy-Ken­rick stand­out who played in a num­ber of in­tense games against Car­roll in PCL com­pe­ti­tion.

“We knew they were re­ally strong,” said Va­le­rio. “They have the best stick skills of any team we’ve played. They have great sup­port. And, the twins are phe­nom­e­nal.”

She was re­fer­ring to the Pa­tri­ots’ Kelly twins — Katie and Me­gan.

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Katie Kelly was in­volved in four of them. Car­roll added three more goals in the sec­ond half and Me­gan Kelly was in­volved in all three.

Car­roll got off to a quick start when Katie Kelly as­sisted on a goal by Alyssa Le­mons 59 sec­onds into the game. Two min­utes later, she scored a goal her­self with the as­sist cred­ited to Mari­beth Keith. Then, mid­way through the half, Katie Kelly as­sisted on a goal by Meredith Camp­bell to give Car­roll a 3-0 lead.

“We came to­gether af­ter ZH VFRUHG WKDW fiUVW JRDO,” said Katie Kelly, who will play for the Univestity of Vir­ginia next year — along with her sis­ter Me­gan, the younger twin. “I thought we played well as a team. We passed very well.”

Keith scored the Pa­tri­ots’ fourth goal with T:15 left in the half and then Katie Kelly FORVHG RuW WKH fiUVW-KDOI VFRUing at 2:18 with a goal off an as­sist from Michelle Walsh.

With the sec­ond half just 20 sec­onds away from its mid­way point, Car­roll got on the board again with an “All Kelly” goal — Me­gan scor­ing and Katie as­sist­ing.

Just over six min­utes later, Me­gan Kelly scored again with Keith pro­vid­ing the as­sist. 2n WKH finDO JRDO RI WKH JDPH, which came with 2:18 re­main­ing, Me­gan Kelly as­sisted on a goal by Becca wamo­jcin.

“This has been a tough week for our team,” said Car­roll coach Deb­bie Brown, whose daugh­ter Rachel Brown was a track and cross coun­try stand­out at North Penn and now the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh.

“We had a ri­valry game with Prendie (Bon­ner-Pren­der­gast) last Thurs­day and then a game against a very good Le­high­ton team up in Al­len­town on Satur­day.”

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