Penn Charter Wins Lacrosse Title

Posted: June 01, 1989

Penn Charter outlasted Episcopal Academy in a shootout last night for the Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association championship at Ridley, taking the title with a 7-6 overtime win on a goal by senior midfielder John Michener.

Michener scored his goal, his second of the contest, with nine seconds remaining in the third three-minute overtime period. He shot from 25 feet out on the left side, beating Episcopal goaltender Brian Dougherty high to the stick side.

It was the Quakers' lone shot on goal in the three overtime periods, but Michener made it count, giving Penn Charter its first state championship since 1983.

"I was looking to go up high," Michener said. "He had been stopping the low shots all night, so I went up with it."

Although Michener briefly took the spotlight for his winning shot, the Quakers' true hero was Rich Dressler in goal. Dressler turned away 17 shots in regulation time to help keep his team in contention, but that was only the beginning.

In overtime, Episcopal put continual pressure on the Quakers' defense and held man-up advantages on four occasions. But Dressler was unyielding in net, stopping eight shots by the Churchmen before Michener finally put the game away.

"I just played as hard as any game, and I knew I had it in me," said Dressler, a junior.

Penn Charter (17-4) had come out gunning from the start, taking a 2-0 lead in the first quarter. Episcopal eventually responded, getting goals from Jeff MacBean and Brandon Whitaker before halftime to tie the score at 2-2.

Episcopal (17-5), which last won the title in 1987, began dominating the Quakers in the final two quarters and held a 6-4 lead, but Penn Charter slowly staked its comeback.

With 3:27 remaining, middie Mike Sheward scored on a power play to narrow the margin to 6-5. Twenty seconds later, attackman Mike Gomez tied the game on a fluke, when a shot hit his stick and the ball went up, falling behind Doughtery's outstretched stick, and the teams went to overtime.

Episcopal, which has been to the finals four times in the last nine years and won just once, was led by MacBean and Whitaker, who each had two goals. Middie Frank Rosato also had an exceptional game for the Churchmen, recording four assists and winning 12 of 14 face-offs.

BASEBALL

Greg Hill's RBI double in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the game-winning run as Bishop Shanahan outlasted defending champion St. Pius X, 5-4, in a PIAA District 1 Class AA semifinal baseball game yesterday.

Bishop Shanahan will face Avon Grove, a 4-2 winner over Springfield (M), in the championship today at West Chester University at 1 p.m. The winner earns a berth in the state tournament. Shanahan defeated Avon Grove twice during the regular season, by scores of 15-2 and 13-2.

Hill's double in the seventh boosted the Eagles' lead to 5-1. But the Winged Lions erupted for three runs in the bottom of the inning - capped by Pat Maloney's two-out two-run single - to close the gap to one run. The next batter, losing pitcher Phil Bertolotti, roped a line drive just foul down the right field line and popped up the next pitch to the second baseman to end the game.

Alex Rivera and Jeff Riccardo had two hits and drove in a run each for Shanahan.

Avon Grove scored two runs in the top of the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie and upend Springfield.

With two outs in the seventh, Joe Cassenta doubled, and Darren Stroh reached base on an error. Stroh stole second, and both runners scored without a throw when Brian Kirwin drilled a two-out 0-2 pitch up the middle.

Joe Dickens, who got his first start of the season two weeks ago (a 2-1 eight-inning loss), scattered nine hits for the complete-game win.

CLASS AAA. Marple Newtown rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to upset Haverford High, 5-4, in a semifinal game. The Tigers will face Pennsbury, a 1-0 winner over Phoenixville, in the district title game today at West Chester University at 3 p.m. Both teams earned a berth in the state tournament.

Mark Prendergast drove home the game-winning run for Marple Newtown, which lost twice in the regular season to the Fords. Matt Barr pitched the first six innings, and Bill Riccio tossed the seventh for the win. Barr had two hits and two RBIs and scored twice.

Mike Manning and Jim Fatz had homers for Haverford High.

CATHOLIC SOUTH. Matt McCauley batted 3 for 3 with a pair of RBIs and scored twice as West Catholic upended Cardinal O'Hara, 4-1, in a semifinal game. The Burrs will take on Monsignor Bonner for the division championship Saturday at Temple's Erny Field, noon.

Cardinal O'Hara left the bases loaded in each of the last two innings.

CATHOLIC NORTH. Father Judge topped North Catholic, 7-6, in a first-round playoff game. Judge will take on Archbishop Wood in a semifinal game today at Textile College, 3:30 p.m.

PUBLIC. Luis Ascencio tossed a no-hitter and struck out eight to lead Kensington past Lamberton, 13-0.

SOFTBALL

Kristi Powell's sacrifice fly scored Justine Dieffenback, who led off the fifth with a double, for the game's only run as Downingtown tripped North Penn, 1-0, in a PIAA District 1 Class AAA semifinal game yesterday.

Downingtown faces Hatboro-Horsham, a 3-2 winner over Pennsbury, in the title game today at William Tennent at 3:30. Downingtown and Tennent have

qualified for the state tournament.

Powell and Dieffenback also combined for the Whippets' only run in a 1-0 quarterfinal triumph over Council Rock.

BOYS' TENNIS

Central won the first three singles matches to topple Washington, 3-2, for the Public League title.

No. 1 singles Nima Emgushov, No. 2 Ingo Vaporil and No. 3 Zach Enterling, who is the team's captain and finished the season at 15-0, all won in three sets to clinch the victory.

THE RESULTS

Singles: Nima Emgushov, C, def. Earl Hutz, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4; Ingo Voporil, C, def. Brad Radbill, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5); Zach Enterling, C, def. Mike Sargis, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1; Art Uhimov, W, def. Ken Lynn, 6-1, 7-5.

Doubles: Matt Stokes and Greg Guzman, W, def. Peter Woodall and Dan Kim, 6-3, 7-5.

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