Perk Val­ley pulls off up­set of North Penn

Vik­ings reach first D1 quar­ter­fi­nal, will host Gar­net Val­ley Satur­day

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter khunter@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @khunter10 on Twit­ter

TOWAMENCIN » Max Nice came up with a hat trick, goalie Rob Far­ring­ton played an out­stand­ing sec­ond half, and coach Bryan Churchey’s “road war­riors” did it again, win­ning for the sec­ond time in as many days in these Dis­trict 1-3A Play­offs.

“It feels great — first time ever in our his­tory,” Nice said of ad­vanc­ing to the dis­trict quar­ter­fi­nals. “We worked great as a team and we couldn’t have done it with­out our goalie.”

No. 10 Perk Val­ley jumped out to a 3-0 lead and pulled away late to an 8-4 vic­tory over No. 7 North Penn, ad­vanc­ing to a quar­ter­fi­nal matchup at home against Gar­net Val­ley.

“We’re play­ing great team lacrosse right now,” Churchey said. “The boys are hot, they’re hav­ing a lot of fun, and we’re play­ing with a ton of en­ergy. And that’s what you want this time of the year.”

The Vik­ings im­proved to 13-6 on the sea­son, clos­ing this one out with a 3-0 run af­ter the Knights had closed to within 5-4 in the third quar­ter.

North Penn, which got a pair of goals from Danny Payne, saw a tre-

“We’re play­ing great team lacrosse right now. The boys are hot, they’re hav­ing a lot of fun, and we’re play­ing with a ton of en­ergy. And that’s what you want this time of the year.”

– Perkiomen Val­ley head coach Bryan Churchey

men­dous sea­son come to a close.

“The bounces didn’t go our way tonight,” Knights coach Rick Smith said. “I feel like they beat us in tran­si­tion and they had more qual­ity shots than we had.” FAST START » Nick Steele scored for the Vik­ings 5 min­utes and 17 sec­onds into the con­test, fol­lowed by back-to-back tal­lies from Nice.

“We were do­ing well. Ev­ery­one was per­form­ing,” Nice said. “We did have a cou­ple turnovers but we came out in the end and did great.”

North Penn cut it to 3-2, with Lu­cas Yan­nul and Payne con­nect­ing, but Brian Fehr an­swered for the Vik­ings early in the sec­ond quar­ter, mak­ing it 4-2.

The Vik­ings were oper­at­ing smoothly.

“We’ve been road war­riors most of the sea­son — a cou­ple weeks ago we had to play three games in a row, and our ap­proach this week was not only men­tal prepa­ra­tion but phys­i­cal prepa­ra­tion,” Churchey said. “Make sure you’re hy­drat­ing, make sure you’re eat­ing well, and do­ing the things that you need to do. And these guys have re­sponded.”

The Vik­ings never gave up the lead.

North Penn twice cut it to one, get­ting to within 4-3 and 5-4, Perk Val­ley stayed in con­trol.

“Our goal is to come out strong, come out with a lot of en­ergy, and we’re very con­sis­tent in that ap­proach,” Churchey said. “Our of­fense came out hot, we did a great job of pos­sess­ing the ball and tak­ing what they gave us.”

Far­ring­ton made saves in bunches in the sec­ond half as the Knights tried to get closer. Fehr ex­tended the mar­gin to 6-4 for PV, Nice had his hat trick, and Nick Beau­doin closed out the scor­ing.

“We had a lit­tle meet­ing about get­ting back to who we are and our iden­tity,” Churchey said, “and we showed up tonight.” GET­TING OVER THE HUMP » The Knights got within 5-4 just 12 sec­onds into the third quar­ter and kept the pres­sure on, but Far­ring­ton got in the way, mak­ing one stop af­ter an­other.

“Rob was go­ing crazy,” Nice said with a smile.

“In the sec­ond half, their goalie played out­stand­ing,” Smith said. “He had a lot of saves. My hat’s off to them. They’re a good team. They did a good job.”

AUSTIN HERTZOG - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE

Perkiomen Val­ley goalie Rob Far­ring­ton came up big in the sec­ond half of the Vik­ings’ dis­trict play­off win over North Penn Thurs­day.

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