Nick Pivetta K’s 11 as Phillies beat the Ori­oles

Boy­er­town achieves first dis­trict win, 9-6 over CR North

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Austin Hert­zog ahert­zog@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @AustinHert­zog on Twit­ter

LOWER POTTS­GROVE » When Nick Moc­cia and his 2018 class­mates first joined the Boy­er­town boys lacrosse pro­gram, sim­ply mak­ing the Dis­trict 1 tour­na­ment was ‘big news.’

Wed­nes­day night at Potts­grove, the Bears made their big­gest news yet – win­ning a dis­trict play­off game.

Boy­er­town, the No. 13 seed, used a dom­i­nant first half and staved off a re­silient Coun­cil Rock North ef­fort in the sec­ond half to win 9-6 for the Bears’ first-ever dis­trict vic­tory.

The Bears (11-7) got three goals each from Mike Fed­erico and face­off man Sky­lar Wal­lace while Mason Turner, Chris­tian Hell­reigel and Moc­cia net­ted sin­gle scores.

Im­proved re­sults with qual­ity op­po­nents – they hung well with Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cham­pion Spring-Ford in the league semi­fi­nals, a 10-7 loss – turned the Bears into be­liev­ers they could be the first to clear a

new hur­dle.

“We didn’t nec­es­sar­ily ex­pect it to be like this,” Moc­cia said. “A dis­trict game was big news for the team of 2014, which was the last time we were pretty good. We played Springfield-Delco and that was a big deal. Com­ing into this year, we weren’t think­ing ‘Oh, we can pull this off,’ but we did. We had a lot of new play­ers come in but we’ve re­ally meshed.”

“We thought we were go­ing to make a bet­ter PAC run, but this is awe­some. This has never been done in Boy­er­town his­tory and we got it done.”

No. 20 Coun­cil Rock North fin­ished the sea­son 9-10 while ac­quit­ting it­self much bet­ter than in the reg­u­lar-sea­son meet­ing (18-3 loss on April 30) with the Bears. CR North was led by two goals apiece from Peter Lehman and Luke Wal­strum.

Boy­er­town now makes the quick turn­around to face peren­nial pow­er­house Con­estoga (No. 4) on the Pi­o­neers’ home turf Thurs­day at 4 p.m.

Boy­er­town led 8-1 at half­time, re­ally get­ting go­ing late in the sec­ond quar­ter with four goals in the fi­nal four min­utes – Fed­erico fin­ish­ing a scram­ble 10 sec­onds be­fore Wal­lace scored di­rectly off the face­off that keyed Turner’s strike from range and Fed­erico’s hat trick goal with 32.2 left in the half.

“I thought Nick Moc­cia and AJ Robinson were dodg­ing well and we were fin­ish­ing our looks,” Boy­er­town sec­ond-year coach Grady Wise said of the first half per­for­mance. “In the first half we were clear­ing the ball well, do­ing well on face­offs and got a cou­ple in tran­si­tion.”

The In­di­ans made a game of it in the third quar­ter with three unan­swered in­clud­ing a buzzer-beater from Lehman on a feed from goalie Rob­bie Kay.

Hell­reigel stemmed the tide early in the fourth quar­ter by scoop­ing a re­bound for a quick goal be­fore goalie Cole Met­zger (12 saves) and the Bears hung on down the stretch.

“It wasn’t pretty, but we got our win and that’s all that mat­ters,” Wise said. “I’m re­ally proud of these guys be­cause this (a dis­trict play­off win) is a goal we set in the be­gin­ning of the year.

“You have to give Coun­cil Rock North a lot of credit, they were su­per feisty and played a great sec­ond half. I’m proud of our guys for hang­ing on and play­ing a first half that put us in po­si­tion to win the game.”

AUSTIN HERT­ZOG - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boy­er­town’s Mike Fed­erico flies through the crease af­ter hav­ing his shot stopped by Coun­cil Rock North goalie Rob­bie Kay in a Dis­trict 1-3A play­off game Wed­nes­day at Potts­grove.

AUSTIN HERT­ZOG - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boy­er­town’s Nick Moc­cia fights through a pair of Coun­cil Rock North de­fend­ers dur­ing a Dis­trict 1-3A play­off game Wed­nes­day at Potts­grove.

AUSTIN HERT­ZOG - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boy­er­town’s Chris­tian Hell­reigel, left, cel­e­brates with a team­mate af­ter his goal in the sec­ond half against Coun­cil Rock North in a Dis­trict 1-3A play­off game Wed­nes­day at Potts­grove.

AUSTIN HERT­ZOG - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boy­er­town’s Car­son Flint car­ries the ball in tran­si­tion against Coun­cil Rock North in a Dis­trict 1-3A play­off game Wed­nes­day at Potts­grove.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.