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Main Line roundup: Lower Merion girls soccer, volleyball teams off to red-hot starts

The Lower Merion High School girls’ soccer team improved its record to 5-0 with a 5-1 win at Great Valley Sept. 18.
While the Aces have faced some injuries and illnesses keeping a few starters out for periods of time, LM senior striker Amanda Rosello stepped in as goalie against Great Valley, as did junior Grace Downey in LM’s overtime win at Penncrest earlier in the week.
Through five games, junior Elly Slensky has scored five goals and seniors Hannah Blodget and Annice Booker have tallied three goals each. Other key contributors include junior Emma Burke, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Penncrest; freshman Emma Berrabee (two goals, one assist) and senior captain Roberta Moger, who has been a rock on the Aces’ back line and provided offensive support as well.
The Lower Merion girls’ volleyball team improved to 6-0 (3-0 Central League) after defeating Strath Haven for the first time in close to two decades. The Aces won 3-0, posting scores of 25-18, 25-21, 25-12. Emily Greenland led the way with 33 assists, 6 aces and 4 digs. Abiah Lane had a double-double with 11 digs and 11 kills and Brooke Johnson had 6 kills on only 7 attempts.
In other Main Line high school sports action (this roundup is compiled from game summaries sent to
Boys’ soccer
Episcopal Academy improved to 5-1-1 with a 3-0 win against Hun School Sept. 18. Goals were scored by Mark Dzwonczyk, Michael Sophocles and Alex Barrist.
Harriton (3-2) earned a couple of Central League shutouts, against Ridley (6-0) and Garnet Valley (2-0). Ram senior goalie Dan Katz posted both shutouts. Harriton junior midfielder Gugi Sola has scored 6 goals in five games (as of Sept. 20).
Shipley (3-0) defeated Episcopal Academy, 1-0, Sept. 14. Shipley scored midway though the first half when senior captain Justin Curran controlled a ball and fed Noah Lackmaan at the top of the 18, and Laackman finished for the game’s only goal.
Girls’ soccer
Episcopal Academy defeated Hill School, 6-0, Sept. 17. Goals were scored by Bella Piselli, Alexa Capozzoli, Kendal Elison, Maya Bright and Erin Cunningham (two).
Academy of Notre Dame defeated Hill School, 5-0, Sept. 15, with goals from Caeli Maher, Farrah Scheffer, Serafina Peluso, Natalie Maya and Avery Hannah.
Field hockey
Agnes Irwin lost to Merion Mercy Academy, 6-5, in overtime Sept. 18. Ariana Karalis had two first-half goals for the Owls and Lauren Derose dished out 3 assists.
Academy of Notre Dame defeated Archbishop Carroll, 3-1, Sept. 17. Saylor Milone had a goal and an assists for the Irish (3-1).
Archbishop Carroll defeated St. Hubert’s, 14-0, Sept. 15. Sienna Golden had five goals and two assists, while Courtland Schumacher tallied two goals and dished out two assists.
Merion Mercy Academy defeated Agnes Irwin, 6-5, in overtime Sept. 18, with Kelly McCormick scoring the winning goal. Mallory McHale had two second-half goals for the Golden Bears.
Girls’ tennis
Friends’ Central defeated Penn Charter, 4-3, Sept. 17. Winners for the Phoenix were Maddy Jackson (third singles), Grace Schlegel and Lindsay McCammon (first doubles), Faiza Carey and Lauren Coss (second doubles) and Amina Rouine and Tyleencia Wilson (fourth doubles).
Episcopal Academy defeated Hill School, 7-0, Sept. 17. Ashley Kennedy won at first singles, and Kamora Helton won at second singles. Kennedy and Helton also teamed up at first doubles for another victory.
Girls’ volleyball
Sacred Heart Academy (4-1, ranked No. 3 in PIAA Class A as of Sept. 20) earned 3-0 wins against both Nativity BVM (District 11) and District 2 Class AA champion Holy Redeemer. Against Nativity, leaders included Emily McKenna (12 kills, 2 aces), Bella O’Toole (10 digs), Annie Corcoran (23 assists, 4 aces) and Aly Albanese (5 kills, 7 aces). Against Holy Redeemer, standout Lions included Elizabeth Cuskey (6 kills, 5 aces, 2 blocks), Emily McKenna (9 kills) and Lilly Hornickle (4 kills, 4 blocks).
Radnor defeated Upper Darby, 3-2, Sept. 15, posting scores of 25-9, 23-25, 25-18, 19-25, 16-14. Middles Margot Lane and Monika Mortenson led the offense with 9 kills each. Outside hitter Bryn Carrigan added 7 kills along with a career high 10 aces. Sophomore setter Sam Gasink added 7 aces and 24 assists.
Villa Maria Academy defeated Nazareth Academy, 3-0, Sept. 15 for their fourth consecutive AACA victory. The Hurricanes were led by Gabby Konrad (9 kills), Gillian Keaveney (6 kills), Maddy Samar (7 aces), Kate Kent (6 aces) and Skylar Kelly (7 digs).
Baldwin School defeated Penn Wood, 3-0, Sept. 14, posting scores of 25-9, 26-18 and 25-8. The Polar Bears were led by Cynthia Huang (17 assists), Ryan Shelton (5 kills), Joelle Pearlstein (6 aces, 5 kills), Blake Landow (3 aces, 2 kills), Zoe Ross (4 kills), Allie Weiser (4 kills) and Bella Gormley (7 aces).
Malvern Prep improved to 9-2 win a 199-229 win against Cardinal O’Hara Sept. 15 at Applebrook Golf Club (par 36). Keller Mulhern and Davis Conaway led the Friars, posting scores of 38 and 39, respectively.
Water polo
Lower Merion had its first official home game against Perkiomen Valley, and battled in a 13-8 loss. Aaron Levine, LM’s primary hole set, controlled the Aces’ offense with multiple goals, and Ansel Nathanson’s speed also helped LM on the fast break.



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