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Twin Valley boys fall to Devon Prep in 2A boys lacrosse playoffs

WYNDMOOR >> One way or another, somebody was going to make program history on Tuesday in round one of the PIAA Boys Lacrosse 2A playoff clash between Devon Prep and Twin Valley.

Both were desperately looking for its initial win at states, and at the end of a physical tussle, the Tide emerged with a hard-earned 12-9 victory. The District 12 champs, Devon Prep advances to the quarterfinals on Saturday, where it will play Mars at a site and time to be determined.

Now 17-5 overall, Devon won it thanks to an epic 7-0 rally in the second quarter and into the third. The run turned a 3-2 deficit into a commanding 9-3 lead. And even though the Raiders made a late comeback, it wasn’t enough.

The third place finisher in District 3, Twin Valley (16-5) was making its second straight appearance in the PIAAs.

“You don’t get to this level and expect easy games,” said Raiders’ head coach Decker Coupe. “These are the 16 best teams in the state left. There is no room for error, and we made a couple in less than opportune times.”

The second period was a huge factor. Down by a goal, the Tide got a pair of man-up goals to take the lead for good, including two in the final minute to make it 6-3 at the half.

Devon added three straight goals to start the second half – by Ryan Kane, D’Alessandro and senior Nick Walton – to take control. But the Raiders’ Danny Murphy responded with back-to-back goals to kick off the comeback.

The first of two big difference-makers was a great individual effort by Tide senior Eamonn Donovan with 1:47 to go in the third. After Murphy and Noah Williams scored for Twin Valley, to make it 10-7 with 8:23 to go, D’Alessandro notched the back-breaker on another outstanding individual move and score.

The Raiders scored two more times, but simply ran out of time.

“Big games and big moments can sometimes get the better of young athletes,” Doupe said. “It was never from a lack of effort, just execution fell by the wayside at times.

“We struggled to clear the ball in the first half so it was in our end too much. The scoring efficiency was probably pretty dang close, but (Devon) just outnumbered us on shots.”

Devon Prep had a 17-6 shots on goal advantage in the first half. It was 25-17 overall. Twin Valley’s Ean Winchester went 17 of 25 on faceoffs, and Raider’s goaltender Dylan Corros finished with 13 saves. Murphy finished with a game-high four goals and Williams had two.



Source: Berkshire mont

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