Methac­ton ousted by C.B. West

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Stephen God­win

DOYLESTOWN » The high of up­set­ting Up­per Dublin Tues­day came crash­ing down as the Methac­ton girls lacrosse team fell 10-6 to Cen­tral Bucks West in the Dis­trict 1 Class 3A play­offs Thurs­day at War Me­mo­rial Field.

Sydney Tor­netta tal­lied three goals for the War­riors, but she was done in by the Bucks’ Maddie Maio, Dani Dun­das and Liv Fitzger­ald who all had three goals apiece.

“I think we came out in the first half de­fen­sively re­ally strong,” Maio said. “Ob­vi­ously we are go­ing to have our lit­tle lapse, but we pulled it to­gether at the end.”

Cen­tral Bucks West, the No. 4 seed, were shot out of a can­non when they went up 4-0 less than five min­utes into the game. Dun­das scored the first two goals and Maio found the back of the net twice as well.

“Hon­estly I feel like men­tally we were not as pre­pared as we should have been,” Tor­netta said. “They are a re­ally good team and I think we didn’t re­ally know what to ex­pect other than they were fast and good.”

The War­riors climbed back into the game with two goals from Tor­netta and an­other goal from Katy Ben­ton to get it to 6-3 by half­time.

Fitzger­ald made her pres­ence felt 40 sec­onds af­ter the break when she blasted a ball past Methac­ton goalie Molly Frey.

The War­riors would not go away as Macken­zie Henry drew her team within 7-4 seven min­utes later.

Maio self­lessly dumped a pass off to Fitzger­ald on a free possession a while later to give her team breath­ing room.

Tor­netta kept her team in it with her hat trick goal, but the Bucks’ Chloe Miller Russo an­swered 29 sec­onds later to lead 9-5.

Fit­ger­ald tacked on her third goal of the game to ex­tend the lead to 10-5.

Methac­ton’s Julie Byrne scored at the three-minute mark, but it was not enough as the War­riors met the end of the road.

“We def­i­nitely could have played bet­ter,” Tor­netta said. “They are a re­ally good team. They move fast. They move the ball well. We re­ally played our hearts out and I think that is all we could have done at that point.”

Cen­tral Bucks West will now host Perkiomen Val­ley Satur­day.

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