By Barry Sankey
PHOENIXVILLE — Aamina Thornton has presented a lot of new material in the early going to her Phoenixville girls lacrosse team as she starts her first season as the Phantoms’ new head coach.
Thus far, the Phantoms seem to be catching on to all the concepts on offense and defense. Phoenixville has already received numerous contributions from some veteran players as well as some new young ones to start the 2013 campaign.
Last Friday afternoon, April 5, in a PAC-10 contest against Upper Perkiomen at Washington Field, Ellie Delany scored six goals to lead the Phantoms to a 15-8 victory over the Indians.
The victory came on the heels of a tough 8-7 last-minute loss at Pottstown Wednesday. And in their non-league season opener Monday night on the road, Phoenixville doubled up Coatesville, 14-7.
“We played very strong coming back from the loss to Pottstown with 50 seconds left,” said Delany. “We play them again on Senior Night. We have a new coach with a new perspective. She is in the Hall of Fame at Temple (University) and she has the chemistry of the team. We took a trip to Florida and we learned a lot of new stuff from her and other coaches. We really improved in over a week there.”
Besides Delany’s output, the Phantoms got four goals from Shannan McErlean, three from Zoe Bullotta and single tallies from Tara Gilroy and Kellie Matson. Kim Landis handed out three assists and Katie McErlean and Angela Hayde had one apiece.
“They played well at both ends of the field,” said Thornton. “The tough loss to Pottstown helped. They did a nice job of bouncing back.”
Megan Nemeth had six saves in goal for Phoenixville (1-1, 2-1) against Upper Perkiomen (2-2, 3-2).
Devon Kriebel, Maddie Fox, Emily Leight and Aubrey Wilcox each scored a pair of goals for the Tribe. Jess Spano made one assist. Regan McComb made six saves for the Indians aftwer coming on in relief of starter Katie Lederer (two saves) with 9:40 remaining in the opening half. The half ended with Phoenixville on top, 9-3.
“We have some young girls who are stepping up and playing their part,” said Delany. “They are reliable. Zoe is only a sophomore. She’s left-handed and she’s great. She is so powerful. We play so much and we play as a team. Everyone did their part and it fell together. We had great connections right off the draws with clears downfield. That is what we needed.”
“We are trying to play like a team with team ofense and team defense,” said Thornton. “That is our them for the year. The first thing is on any given day, it can be anybody’s day. We have some ninth graders and some sophomores. Every year is up here so everybody has to work to get ready. We are going to need them because we are going to lose at least eight seniors.”
Defensively, the Phatnoms got some solid work from Amy Hill, Sam Trafford, Allison Trafford and Annie Rubino.