In non-league boys’ lacrosse action on Monday, Conestoga got off to a nice early start and went on to top Great Valley, 13-3. The Pioneer players had three goals apiece – Brody Eaton, Wade Beckstrom and Clif Hawkins – and Gavin Daly (six caused turnovers) starred on defense. Drew Merschel, Adrien Grove, Bode Miller and Davis Leighton al added single goals for ’Stoga, and Holt McGinn won seven of 12 faceoffs.
Bishop Shanahan 18, Roman Catholic 2 >> The Eagles opened the season with a dominating non-league victory. Shanahan led 13-0 at the half and got three goals and two assists from Joe Devine. Colin Gaffney added two goals and three assists, and Ronan Miller chipped in a goal, two assists and won all 11 of his faceoffs.
Downingtown East 7, West Chester Henderson 0 >> Shrihan Madam, Rohun Gargya and Soumil Patel all won in straight sets for the Cougars in Ches-Mont action. In doubles, Vidhur Varada and Brandon Gabrys defeated Dylan Fritsch and Nate Himsworth 6-3, 6-3.
Unionville 7, Avon Grove 0 >> The Longhorns swept the Devils in straight sets in Ches-Mont action. The most competitive match was at No. 4 doubles, where Ryan Hart and Elijay Yoon topped Jacob Schindler and Pat Zhang 6-2, 6-3.
Strath Haven 9, Devon Prep 2 >> In a non-league tilt, the Tide fell behind early and never recovered. Patrick Arnold went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Devon. Starter Jack Dente took the loss for Tide. The pitcher allowed three hits and five runs over three innings, striking out three.
Kennett 5, Octorara 3 >> Jack Bowdoin earned the win for the Blue Demons, going four innings, allowing one run on four hits, striking out four and walking one. Seamus Smith-Walsh and Brennan Smith each had multiple hits for Kennett, and Bailey Shindle drove in three runs.
WCU is ranked No. 1 in nation >> West Chester women’s lacrosse program took over the top spot in the latest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) weekly coaches poll. West Chester (6-0) slipped up two rungs and grabbed the No. 1 spot in the poll when last week’s top two ranked teams both lost. It marks the first time that the Golden Rams have been ranked No. 1 in the country in the coach’s poll since February of 2020. West Chester is now the unanimous No. 1 team in the country coupled with its No. 1 ranking the past three weeks by U.S. Lacrosse Magazine.
The Golden Rams topped No. 5 Le Moyne last Wednesday afternoon at Vonnie Gros Field, 12-9. They held the Dolphins to just six goals in the game until a late rally pushed the visitor’s total to nine. Still, it was the lowest goal output in a game by Le Moyne this spring. West Chester went on to defeat Shippensburg, 17-4, last Saturday and remain unbeaten on the season.
West Chester puts its new No. 1 ranking on the line for the first time Tuesday when the Golden Rams host arch-rival East Stroudsburg at 4 p.m. at Vonnie Gros Field.
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