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Stifling defensive effort leads Springfield past Haverford

Springfield didn’t waste any time in putting the defensive clamps on Haverford.

The Cougars yielded only one goal in both halves, thanks to 13 saves from Julianne Clemens, and Bridget Whitaker scored three times and set up another as Springfield raced to a 10-2 win over the Fords in a Central League battle.

Belle Mastropietro shined at midfield while replacing an injured starter, leading the Cougars (12-1, 8-1 Central League) in draw controls and contested ground balls while also supplying an assist. Erika Biehl played a huge role in limiting Haverford’s offense.

Freshman Lauren Johns was strong in goal for the Fords (6-7, 3-6), tossing aside a dozen shots.

Ridley 14, Lower Merion 4 >> Emily Johnston went off for the Green Raiders, scoring six times and setting up three more, and Hanna Crowley added four goals and two assists in Ridley’s rout.

Corinne Stratton added two goals for Ridley.

Garnet Valley 19, Upper Darby 3 >> Madi McKee owned the draw circle, scooping up seven draws to go with two goals and an assist, and Kamryn McNeal sniped a pair of goals and set up two others, as the Jaguars rolled.

Gabby Liberio supplied two of the Royals’ three goals.

Radnor 18, Marple Newtown 4 >> Julianne Puckette was unstoppable for the Raiders as she snagged seven draw controls, scooped up four ground balls, scored four times and added an assist as Radnor jumped out to a 10-0 halftime lead and never looked back.

Cate Cox handed out three assists to go with a pair of goals, while Hope Smith and Nicole Massimino each added two goals.

Conestoga 16, Penncrest 2 >> Scottie Growney scored four times and dished out two assists and Liz Scott paired five points with five draw controls as the defending state champs handled the Lions, despite two goals from Grace Harding.

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