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Upper Merion gets Senior Night revenge against Phoenixville

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Phoenixville girls lacrosse team celebrated Senior Night Friday evening at Washington Field.

But visiting Upper Merion remembered its own Senior Night this year that was ruined by the Phantoms.

So when Molly Weygand ripped home the game-winning goal with 45 seconds left in the fourth quarter the Vikings got themselves a taste of Senior Night Revenge.

The goal gave Upper Merion an 11-10 win and sent the Phantoms home on the cold and rainy night feeling somewhat similar to how the Vikings felt when their Senior Night was ruined.

“This one felt good, “said Upper Merion head coach Angie Yanocha moments after the Weygand goal.

“With districts coming up we want to win our last four games to give us our best chance at a good seeding.

“We also want to go into districts with some momentum, so this was a big win for us.”

Upper Merion built an early 3-1 lead just minutes into the game, but the Phantoms stormed back and actually led, 5-4, in the half’s final 3:07 before Upper Merion’s Weygand tied the contest in the final 29 seconds.

The second half was much like the first half, back and forth with neither side giving much quarter.

Phoenixville scored first, and the two teams played “Can You Top This?’” the rest of the way.

Weygand tied it at 6, Phoenixville’s Kendall Beatty pushed the home team back in front, and neither side could manage more than a one-goal lead the rest of the way.

Phoenixville’s Kylie Crovetti gave Phoenixville its last lead in the game’s final minutes, but the visitors bounced right back.

Francesca Lindelow tied the game for the final time with 2:27 to play, and the Vikings managed to win every draw down the stretch.

And when Weygand gained possession, she made sure she didn’t panic.

“I just wanted to keep possession and stay relaxed,” Weygand said. “I never like to force things. I just try and stay relaxed and get the shot I want.”

Weygand got the one she wanted, and the Phantoms wound up on the wrong end of the final score.

“Our offense wasn’t clicking for long stretches of the game,” Yanocha said. “But when we needed it down the stretch it came through.”

And Senior Night Revenge was complete.

Upper Merion 11, Phoenixville 10
Goals-assists: UM, Molly Weygand 5-0; Francesca Lindelow 2-0; Quinn O’Malley 1-2; Riley O’Malley 1-1; Allison Shuster 1-1; Rella Staley 1-0; P, Kylie Corvetti 3-1; Lily White 1-0; Natalie Rubino 1-0; Katie Baker 2-0; Kendall Beatty 1-0; Becca Lewis 1-0.
Saves: UM, Katie Frey (9); P, Marissa Seldes (11).

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