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Staska, Manley shine as Bishop Shanahan rolls in state playoff opener

NORTHAMPTON >> Kenzie Staska and Alyssa Manley aren’t the first two players to defer individual success to their teammates, but the Bishop Shanahan scoring duo can’t help but praise how vital their teammates have been toward their success this season.
That’s how the Eagles are built. Individual accomplishments are nice, but winning is the ultimate goal.
“I really wouldn’t be anywhere without my team,” Manley said. “Our whole team works our butts off. We look for and trust each other out there. Everybody has a specific role and it’s amazing how well we do with them. We work so well together and I’m hoping it continues.”
Manley and Staska each finished with six goals as Bishop Shanahan used a dominant second half toward a 16-7 victory over Parkland in a PIAA playoff first round game at Northampton High School Wednesday night.
The state playoff win was the first in school history over the Eagles, the fourth place team from District 1. Shanahan will play District 1 champion Radnor, a 17-11 winner over Manheim Township, in the state quarterfinals Saturday at a site and time to be determined.

Parkland, the District 11 champions, were eliminated with the loss.
Clinging to a 6-5 lead in the final minute of the first half, Shanahan turned to Staska for a momentum boost. Staska drove to the right against two defenders and fired a shot past Parkland goalie MacKenzie Galucy to put the Eagles up 7-5 with 16.3 seconds left in the half.

Staska’s goal changed the complexion of the game. The Eagles went from hanging on to dominating once the second half began.
“That pushed us to keep going,” Staska said. “We have been playing with heart and you could see that on the field. We just wanted to keep scoring goals.”
“Honestly, we felt we could beat this team coming out of the half,” Manley said. “We got out there and went on a roll. We came here to win and just took it.”

Manley had three goals and Staska had two as the Eagles opened the second half on a 5-0 run to take a commanding 12-5 lead and put the game away. Shanahan outscored Parkland 9-2 in the final 25 minutes.
This season has been full of firsts for Shanahan as the Eagles clinched a district quarterfinal and semifinal berth for the first time along with qualifying for the state playoffs.
Shanahan can now check off winning a state playoff game to that list.
“This is just amazing,” Staska said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our team, our fans and the entire Shanahan community. Playing in states is awesome.”
“I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Manley said. “Now, we just want to keep going.”
NOTES >> Manley has 85 goals on the season, which is a school record. Staska is up to 75 goals for the year. The pair have a combined 160 goals.

Bishop Shanahan 16, Parkland 7
Bishop Shanahan    7    9 – 16
Parkland    5    2 – 7
Bishop Shanahan goals: Staska 6, Manley 6, Corcoran 2, Decesaris, Smith.
Parkland goals: Pope 3, Emrick 2, Gaffney, Stagnard.
Goalie saves: Gorr (BS) 4, Galuey (P) 6.

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