UPPER DUBLIN >> Souderton lacrosse coach Mark Princehorn insists his team’s goal was not to go undefeated this year.
It’s a good thing.
The Indians were bushwhacked Friday afternoon by host Upper Dublin, as Jed Hanson’s four goals and Max Winebrake’s three tallies helped push the Cardnals past the Indians, 11-5, handing the Souderton (12-1) its first loss of the season.
“It’s tough to go 18-0,” Princehorn said, “especially when you’re playing a team of this caliber.
“Our goal was not to go undefeated, our goal was to better our record from a year ago, win more games than we ever have and make the district playoffs.”
Souderton opened the game in a hole, as the Cardinals built a 3-0 lead in the opening quarter behind two goals by Hanson and another by Brian McCarry.
Souderton closed the deficit to two on a second-period goal by Walker Martin, but the Cardinals stretched their lead to 6-2 by halftime as Winebrake scored twice and Hanson got his third goal of the day, and the Indians could only answer with a tally from Adam Booz.
In the meantime, Upper Dublin was dominating other areas, as unheralded sophomore Lucas Roselli was besting Syracuse recruit Jake Phaup on 14 of 20 draws.
“That’s an amazing job from a sophomore,” said Cardinals head coach David Sowers. “that’s just desire and skill.
“Luke didn’t even start working in the circle until this year.”
By the end of the third quarter the issue was no longer in doubt, as the home team got goals from Sanjay Foster, Jerry Bardol and Jason Williams to take a 9-3 edge into the final period.
The lead became 11-3 before the Indians would close out the game with two late goals.
“Upper Dublin wanted it more than we did,” Princehorn said. “When you’re going against a coach of that caliber and a team that wants to play hard like they do, that’s a good recipe.”
As for the positives, Princehorn praised the play of goaltender Axell Beskan and the no-quit attitude of his team.
“By the end of the game we were still fighting and still playing,” he said.
Sowers had nothing but praise for his club.
“It was just a great team win,” he said. “When you only have two seniors (Sanjay Foster, Chase Preston), and those guys are willing to play when others chose not to, and a sophomore (Roselli) willing to battle against a senior going to Syracuse, you can win big games like this.”
UPPER DUBLIN 11, SOUDERTON 5
Souderton 0 2 1 2 — 5
Upper Dublin 3 3 3 2 — 11
Souderton Goals: Adam Booz (2); Walker Martin; Stephen Blue; Trent Breneman.
Upper Dublin Goals: Jed Hanson (4)’ Max Winebrake (3); Jayson Williams; Jerry Bardol; Sanjay Foster; Brian McCarry.
Top Photo: Upper Dublins Lucas Rosselli reaches for a loose ball during the Cardinals’ game against Souderton on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Gene Walsh/Digital First Media)