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Perk Boys Lacrosse Displays Toughness to Win Championship
Written by Bradley Schlegel Staff Reporter
2016-05-25

Perkiomen School's lacrosse team celebrates it fourth consecutive Tri-County Independent School League title following a 4-3 victory over the Delaware Valley Friends School.

        Nick Posocco needed two hands to lift the trophy over his head. The Perkiomen School senior then handed it to his teammates standing nearby.

        The Panthers lacrosse team celebrated its fourth consecutive Tri-County Independent School League title on Wednesday, May 18 following a 4-3 victory over visiting Delaware Valley Friends School.

        "I never get tired of this," senior midfielder Noah Ruff-Pringle said. "I love to see the reaction of the rest of the players on the team."

        Miles Longstreth finished with three goals for Perkiomen School (10-6), which swept its league schedule and two playoff games. The junior's tally, with 3:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, snapped a 3-3 tie and secured the hard-fought win.

        Ruff-Pringle added a goal and Ben Williams registered 12 saves. Sam Yu and Anthony Cassel each added an assist. Ruff-Pringle, a native of Ithaca, N.Y. who joined the team in his sophomore season, called the most recent league title the most satisfying of his career.

        "A game like this really gets your heart going," he said.

        According to head coach Tim Geiser, the Panthers were expecting a battle from DVFS, which played them tough in 3-2 victory on April 14.

        In the title game, the Dragons scored twice in the second half to force a 3-3 tie with 7:47 remaining in the fourth quarter. But Longstreth delivered an unassisted tally four minutes later.

        "Winning league championships never gets old," he said.

        Geiser called the victory a microcosm of his team's season. He said Perkiomen School had benefitted from several one- and two-goal victories.

        "They developed the mindset to never take a break when they end up in a dogfight," said the coach, whose team advanced to the title game after Woodlyne School forfeited its semifinal match.

        According to Longstreth, the Panthers' veteran players developed sense of urgency during their first game of the year. He said they played too passively in the first half against Valley Forge Military Academy on March 30, and trailed 5-1.

"We realized we had to make the plays," said Longstreth, explaining that the returners had grown too comfortable in complimentary roles. "No one else was going to do it for us."

Perkiomen School responded in the second half. Longstreth scored three goals, and the team posted an 8-7 overtime victory.  "We got leadership from the whole team," Gaiser said. "Everyone delivered drive and push."

        The coach said he had a good idea that the Panthers could repeat as league champions during a 4-3 non-league loss in their rematch with Quakertown. According to Gaiser, they showed significant improvement since a 13-1 loss to the same team on April 1.

        Longstreth, Ruff-Pringle and senior attacker Anthony Cassel finished as Perkiomen School's top scorers.

        The coach credited an 11-member senior class that includes midfielder Ja'ren Hampton, Posocco, Ooduah Orafidya and Yu.

        Gaiser described Orafidya and Yu, the team's co-captains, as key leaders.

        "Those guys are hard-working kids who provided a huge drive force for our success," the coach said.


 

 

 

 

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