As a team leader and the top goal scorer, Novotny is one of Spring-Ford's key components.

By JASON SHANDLER

But as he left the lacrosse field on Tuesday afternoon, Novotny wore an extra wide grin. It was the kind of smile that could only be produced in one way.

A win over arch-rival Perkiomen Valley.

Novotny scored a game-high four goals and dished out three assists, leading the Rams to a come from behind, 13-8, Perkiomen Valley Lacrosse League victory over the visiting Vikings.

The win was huge for two reasons: It not only handed PV its initial league loss and gave the Rams sole possession of first place, but it was also the first time in its short history that Spring-Ford has defeated the Vikings.

"This has been three years in the making," said Novotny after S-F improved to 7-1 overall, 4-1 in the league. "This is the first time in our school's history that we beat them. We lost to them by a goal last year. This year we weren't having that.

"This means a lot for our school spirit."

Novotny said the key to the win was a halftime speech by head coach Kevin Donnelly. After taking a 5-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Vikings outscored S-F 3-0 in the second frame and took momentum, and a 6-5 lead, into intermission.

Novotny said his team had to pick it up.

"The halftime talk got us going," said Novotny, who leads the team with 23 goals. "We had to get psyched. We only play them once this year, so we knew this was it.

"Our defense stepped up and our attack figured out what they were trying to do to us. We really came after them."

Novotny and his brother Tyler, a freshman, carried the scoring load in the first half, each tallying a pair of goals. In the second half, six different players connected against the Vikings.

Brendan Novotny began the decisive third quarter with a goal less than two minutes into play. It tied the score at 6. Just 40 seconds later Dan Monzo took a pass from Novotny in front of the net and fired one past PV goalie Josh Amrani.

PV briefly tied the score on Mike Hirsch's second goal, but the Rams would notch the next four to take control of the game.

Goals by John Lawless (assisted by John D'Anna), Pat Murray and Tyler Novotny (both assisted by Brendan Novotny) three minutes apart gave the Rams a 10-7 lead heading into the final quarter.

"We turned the ball over a lot in the second half and when you give a team with three or four good goals scorers that many chances, you're going to get hurt," said PV head coach Andy Wagner after his team fell to 4-4 overall, 3-1 in the league. "The past couple of games, once our team gets a lead, we sort of just stop. I'm not really sure why. We have a group of seniors here that loves the game. It's just a competitive edge that we're missing."

A highlight-reel goal by Rams' midfielder Bryn Morris - who scored as he was falling to the ground - gave S-F a 11-7 advantage at the beginning of the fourth. Hirsch's third goal cut the deficit to three, but Tom Jacobowski and Novotny's fourth marker ended the scoring.

PV also received goals from Mike Boyd, Jeff Hoffman, Dave Roberts, Mike Krsely and Logan Eshbach.

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