View Count: 154 |  Publish Date: April 04, 2014
Penncrest surges past Springfield
Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014, 3:01 AM
Drew Hanna extended his arms outwardly and awaited his teammates.
The Penncrest junior attack had scored for the third time in the Lions 11-4 win Thursday over Springfield (Delco) in boys lacrosse.
And he made it look easy: A snap of the wrist sent the ball past the goalie and into the nets top left corner.
Such a simple-looking goal required a modest celebration. Penncrests players soon surrounded the scorer, and Hannas arms closed around his teammates.
The second-quarter strike set the tone in the matchup of undefeated Central League teams. Springfield (4-1 overall, 3-1 league) took an early lead on a man-up goal, but then Hanna scored three straight times for Penncrest (6-0, 4-0). The momentum was snatched.
I was just in a rhythm, said Hanna, who finished with four goals. I was just feeling the game. It felt awesome.
Hanna added two assists, feeding Will Mangienello and Alex Bonnett. Mangienello charged the net, caught Hannas pass, and reached behind his head to fire the shot.
Hannas split-dodge, a move he uses to create shooting space, is one of the best Penncrest coach Wayne Matsinger said he has seen. The player is special, the coach said, with limitless potential.
Hes almost like a Gretzky of lacrosse. He gets it, Matsinger said. Hes always in the right spot. He knows when he can go.
Dylan McCleaft recorded eight saves for Penncrest, including a few crucial stops to kill penalties.
The Lions played down a man for a minute in the third quarter. McCleaft ended the Cougars advantage by making a reaching save.
Penncrest huddled before the game around Robbie Klodarska. The senior is not one of the Lions five captains. But Hanna said he is the designated huddle guy.
Klodarskas older brother Matt was the huddle guy two seasons prior. Deep voices and energy must run in the family, Hanna said. Robbie Klodarskas voice roared. He reminded his team that both sides entered the game unbeaten. Only one would remain, and it would be Penncrest, Klodarska boomed.
The huddle guys bellow was right, thanks to Hannas blazing start.
Springfield (D) 1 0 1 2 - 4
Penncrest 2 2 3 4 - 11
Goals: S-Luke Charamella 2, Mike Gerzabek, Lucas Spence; P-Alex Bonnett, Drew Hanna 4, Ryan Kinnand, Robbie Logan, Will Mangienello, Dylan Protesto, Ethan Trusty 2.
Saves: S-Lucas Spence 9; P-Dylan McCleaft 8.
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