Downingtown Vs. Unionville For Title

Posted: June 03, 1992

Downingtown rode a five-goal outburst that began right after halftime to a 12-7 victory over Marple Newtown yesterday in a semifinal match of the PIAA District 1 girls' lacrosse playoffs.

That victory, coupled with Unionville's win over Ridley in the other semifinal match at Perkiomen Valley, sets up a 3:30 p.m. final tomorrow at Upper Merion between the only two unbeaten teams in District 1.

The all-Chester County League final will actually be a rematch between top- seeded Unionville (20-0-1) and second-seed Downingtown (18-0-1), which fans have been clamoring for ever since the two teams battled to an 11-11 tie in their only meeting this season, on May 13.

The final also will be a repeat of last season's championship game when the Indians edged the Whippets, 8-7.

Oddly enough, Downingtown's score over Marple Newtown was the same as their non-league meeting earlier in the season. The Tigers, the third-place team

from the Central League, gave the Ches-Mont League champion Whippets all they could handle for the first half of their semifinal match. They overcame deficits of 4-1 and 5-3 to tie the score at 5-5 before Courtney Elvanian scored with 14 seconds left in the first half to give Downingtown a 6-5 lead.

The Whippets put it away with five unanswered goals, beginning with Elvanian's second goal of the day with three minutes gone in the second half.

"We're used to being up by more than one goal. That was our wakeup goal," said Downingtown goalie Kristen Gray, who put on an outstanding performance with 20 saves. In the first half alone, Marple Newtown (14-4) had nine free positions but scored on only two of them.

Unionville followed Downingtown's script in beating the Central League- champion Raiders. The Indians held a 6-3 halftime lead before scoring six goals in five minutes early in the second half.

Kelly Crossman had four goals to pace the Indians. Teammates Kate Barber and Heather Gardner each had three goals.

"It just goes to show you there was justice in that 11-11 tie. It should be the most important game (championship) to decide the best team (in the district)," said Unionville coach Lee Krug of tomorrow's matchup.

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