Girls lacrosse: Boyertown overcomes Methacton for 8th straight PAC-10 title

By DAVE KURTZ

Pac-10sports.com

 

ROYERSFORD - Strange things have been known to happen on Friday the 13th – but this wasn’t one of them.

Boyertown stuck to the usual script Friday night, capturing an eighth consecutive Pioneer Athletic Conference girls lacrosse championship with a hard-earned 13-7 conquest of Methacton at Spring-Ford’s Coach McNelly Stadium.

The victory was the 108th straight against PAC-10 competition for the Bears, who scored four unanswered goals at the start of the second half to get some breathing room from a tenuous 5-4 halftime advantage.

“It’s awesome to keep it going and keep the tradition alive,” said Boyertown junior goalie Lindsay Clinton, who had eight of her 10 saves in the first half when the Warriors set up camp in the offensive zone. “(The streak) is a positive thing. It makes us want it more.”

It was difficult to say who wanted this more. Methacton, which has now lost the final in three consecutive seasons since joining the PAC-10, came out with a solid game plan that gave the Bears fits in the early going.

But Clinton, buoyed by the strong defensive work of Zoe Reilly and Lauren Solazzo, kept Boyertown afloat during the opening half.

“We had a good game plan and I thought it was working,” said Methacton coach Laurie Markle. “We possessed the ball and were controlling the pace of the game.”

The Bears (16-4 overall) got the tempo more to their liking after intermission, with Rachel Engler connecting on two of her three goals during a 4-0 run that provided a 9-4 bulge with 13:22 remaining.

After Gabby Numerato (assisted by Alexa Maloney) answered at the 8:42 mark to cut the deficit to 9-5, Boyertown put together another 4-0 run to seal the deal. Three of those strikes came with the man advantage.

“We may have walked on to the field thinking this is ours,” said Boyertown senior attack Kelly Furman, who finished with two goals and a pair of assists. “But we realized (at halftime) we needed to come out and want it more than they did. We got some things going in transition, they had a few cards, and we capitalized.”

Boyertown capitalized with superior foot speed - which showed when the Bears depositied three second-half goals on the break.

Haley Wentzel opened the game with a pair of goals and finished with four tallies to lead Boyertown, with Rachel Engler (3 goals, 2 assists), Jaime Vincent (2 goals) and Lauren Mengel (2 goals) also finding the range.

“They have more speed than we do,” said Markle, whose club got two goals apiece from Emily Kellett and Megan Nearing. “I thought our midfield was much better for three quarters of the game, but then I think their speed got the better of us.”

Boyertown coach Pam Wernersbach had nothing but praise for her opponent.

“Methacton played a good game, but we stepped up and played harder in the second half to turn the tide,” Wernersbach said. “We started creating more turnovers and that caused some chaos.

“It’s a joy having an experienced goalie, and I thought Zoe and Lauren did a great job communicating, sliding over and picking up the other girls.”

 

Methacton         4 3 – 7

Boyertown         5 8 - 13

Methacton scoring

Emily Kellett 2g

Gabby Numerato 1g, 1a

Megan Nearing 2g

Sarah Watro 1g

Alexa Maloney 1a

Abby Devlin 1a

Anna Marie Warrington 1g

Rikki Moore 7 saves

 

Boyertown scoring

Haley Wentzel 4g

Rachel Engler 3g, 2a

Kelly Furman 2g, 2a

Jaime Vincent 2g

Lauren Mengel 2g

Lindsay Clinton 10 saves