Season ends for Patriots

The 2015 campaign came to a close on Saturday afternoon for the CB East boys’ lacrosse team, which fell to District One champion Springfield (Delco), 8-3, in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at Harriton High School. The Patriots were down 3-2 early in the second quarter, but the Cougars held CB East scoreless for the remainder of the second, all of the third and for a large chunk of the fourth quarter to punch their tickets to the state semifinals on Tuesday against Radnor. Ryan Brown scored all three goals for the Patriots. Michael Ott and Matt Vetter each had an assist. Ott also won five of 10 faceoffs. CB East senior goalie Sean McGovern stopped 14 shots. Owen Griffin scooped up three ground balls; Brown and Austin Prime each picked up two. Prime, Mike Eveland and Griffin all forced two turnovers.

Rams suffer first loss

Pennridge boys’ volleyball was eliminated in the first round of states by District Three third-place team Hempfield, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-23), on Wednesday night at Quakertown. It was the Rams’ (19-1) first setback of the season. Pennridge statistics: Bradley Nase, 36 assists; Devon Rice, 15 kills, 14 digs; Ben Chinnici, 16 kills, three blocks; Aaron Nelson, four kills, two blocks; Henry Savage, three kills, two blocks; Jesse Smith, eight digs; and Max McVaugh, eight digs.

Patriots erase Emmaus in states

CB East boys’ lacrosse beat Emmaus, 11-5, in the first round of states on Wednesday at Nazareth High School. After trailing, 3-2, at the half, the Patriots blasted Emmaus, 9-2, in the second half. Four Patriots scored two goals apiece: Jack Auteri, Dustin Buchanan, Matt Vetter and Grant Porter. Vetter added three assists. Also finding the back of the net were: Owen Griffin, Logan Nelson and Ryan Brown. Auteri won 14 of 19 faceoffs and goalie Sean McGovern made six saves. Matt Brown picked up six ground balls, Mike Eveland and Griffin each five, and Buchanan and Vetter each two. Buchanan also forced seven turnovers, while Eveland forced two. CB East will see Springfield (Delco) in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

District champs! Rams roll

Pennridge boys’ volleyball captured its first District One title since 2012 with a 3-0 (27-25, 25-23, 26-24) victory over Council Rock North on Thursday in the final at Upper Dublin. The Rams are now 19-0 on the season and will play the third-place team from District Three in the first round of the state playoffs on Wednesday. Pennridge statistics from Thursday night: Bradley Nase, 40 assists, 10 digs; Devon Rice, 14 kills, 11 digs, two aces; Ben Chinnici, 15 kills, 15 digs; Henry Savage, eight kills, four blocks; Aaron Nelson, five kills; Max McVaugh, 18 digs; and Jesse Smith, 12 digs.

Radnor passes Patriots for third

Radnor erased a 3-1 first-quarter deficit to defeat CB East boys’ lacrosse, 11-7, on Thursday at West Chester Henderson for third place in District One. Radnor outscored the Patriots, 10-2, in the second and third quarters. Ryan Brown finished with three goals for CB East. Matt Vetter had two goals and two assists, and Owen Griffin netted two goals. Goalie Sean McGovern stopped nine shots for the Patriots. Brown had six ground balls, while Griffin had four, Dustin Buchanan five, Jack Auteri three, and Mike Eveland, Matt Krumanacker and Nick Yerkes all scooped up two. Buchanan also forced three turnovers.

Rams advance to district final

It wasn’t easy, but Pennridge boys’ volleyball held on to knock off fifth-seeded North Penn, 3-2 (24-26, 25-14, 22-25, 25-21, 15-10), in the district semifinals on Tuesday at Upper Dublin. The Rams, the top seed, will meet up with No. 2 CR North for the district championship on Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., back at Upper Dublin. Against the Knights, Pennridge setter Bradley Nase had 45 assists. Also contributing to the win were: Devon Rice, 22 kills, 15 digs; Ben Chinnici, 17 kills, 15 digs; Henry Savage, 12 kills, six blocks; Josiah Friesen, four kills; Aaron Nelson, two kills, four blocks; Jesse Smith, six digs, two aces; and Austin Rush, 11 digs.

Patriots succumb in district semis

CB East boys’ lacrosse came up short to Springfield-Delco, 12-6, in Tuesday’s District One semifinals at West Chester Henderson. The Patriots will challenge No. 6 Radnor for third place on Thursday, at 4 p.m., back at Henderson. Against Springfield, CB East trailed 3-0 after one and 8-3 at the half. Owen Griffin scored five of the Patriots’ six goals; Ryan Brown had the other. Matt Vetter contributed three assists. Sean McGovern had nine saves and Ryan Cataldo five for CB East. Griffin also led the way in ground balls with six. Brown and Bryan McIntosh each managed three, while Dustin Buchanan, Mike Eveland and Matt Krumanacker all had two. McIntosh and Vetter each forced two turnovers, as well.

Patriots punch ticket to states

Matt Vetter scored the game-winner with 2:09 remaining in overtime as CB East boys’ lacrosse knocked off Garnet Valley, 12-11, in the quarterfinals of the District One playoffs on Saturday at Harriton High School. The victory also gave the Patriots a place in states. The Jaguars are the No. 1 seed in the field; CB East is seeded ninth. The Patriots are 18-2 overall on the season and will meet Springfield-Delco on Tuesday evening in the semifinals. On Saturday, CB East led, 7-5, at the half. Patriots goalie Sean McGovern was clutch with 17 saves. Owen Griffin had a team-high four goals for CB East. Ryan Brown and Vetter each had three, while Matt Brown contributed two. Jack Auteri won five of 11 faceoffs. Mike Eveland scooped up seven ground balls. Dustin Buchanan, David Gressgott and Brown all had two. Bryan McIntosh had four forced turnovers; Eveland and Buchanan each managed two.

Panthers eliminated by Tennent

Quakertown boys’ volleyball’s strong season ended on Thursday night at William Tennent, 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-20), in the quarterfinals of the District One tournament. The Panthers concluded their campaign at 15-5. No. 6 Quakertown had beaten Tennent, the third seed, earlier in the year. Quakertown statistics from Thursday: Dylan Flor, eight kills; Lucas Schan, seven kills; Mike Dierolf, five kills; and Xavier Villanueva, 21 assists.

Rams breeze into district semis

Top-seeded Pennridge boys’ volleyball cruised into the District One semifinals with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-12) victory over No. 8 CB East in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Rams (17-0 on the season) will take on fifth-seeded North Penn in the district semis on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Upper Dublin. Pennridge statistics from Thursday: Bradley Nase, 30 assists, three kills; Max McVaugh, 14 digs; Devon Rice, three kills, eight digs, four aces, three blocks; Ben Chinnici, 11 kills, three aces; Henry Savage, six kills, three blocks, three aces; Josiah Friesen, seven kills, two blocks; Jesse Smith, eight digs; and Aaron Nelson, three kills, two blocks.