Heartbreaker ends Patriots’ run

Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse’s season ended Tuesday at top-seeded Penncrest, 13-12 in overtime, in the first round of district playbacks. The score was knotted at 6-6 at the half. In the third, Matt Schmidt and Brad Walentukonis each scored, sending the Patriots up by two, but the Lions came back and scored two of their own to tie it at 8-8. In the fourth, Ryan Brown put CB East back on top, but the Lions tied it at 9-9 and then took the lead. Matt Vetter put in another goal at 6:37 to tie it up again at 10-10 and then scored the go-ahead goal at 2:28 to put CB East up, 11-10. Penncrest scored 28 seconds later to tie it at 11-11 with 2:00 remaining in regulation. Then with just 38 ticks left on the clock, Schmidt scored on a feed from Brown, putting the Patriots up, 12-11, with 38 seconds left on the clock. CB East lost the critical faceoff and Penncrest tied the score at 12-12 with just 23 seconds left in regulation, sending the game into sudden-victory overtime. CB East won the faceoff and called time to work on a play. CB East’s Matt Brown got off a shot, but the Lions goalie came up with the save. The Lions cleared the ball and called a timeout of their own. On a screen, Logan Robert got his hands free and fired off a 20-foot righthanded rocket that found the back of the net to end the contest.

Avon Grove pays back Patriots

Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse, after having defeated Avon Grove during the regular season, fell to the Red Devils, 9-6, on Saturday in the District One Class AAAA quarterfinals. The fourth-seeded Patriots trailed, 6-3, at halftime to the fifth-seeded Devils. CB East outshot Avon Grove, 35-21. Goalie Will Schreiner amassed 17 saves for the Devils. Matt Vetter had two goals and an assist for the Patriots. Matt Milici added a goal and an assist. Matt Schmidt had two goals and Matt Heim one. Jack Auteri was six of 13 on faceoffs and scooped up four ground balls. With the district championship out of reach, the Patriots will need to win their next two games in playbacks to qualify for the fifth and final spot representing District One in the state tournament.

Patriots survive tussle with Ghost

Round two of the District One Class AAAA boys’ lacrosse playoffs did not disappoint on Thursday night. The Firebirds of Holy Ghost Prep came to Doylestown to show the Patriots they were not going to roll over. The Firebirds’ Bennett Zaba scored the first of his four tallies at 11:14 in the first. CB East matched Ghost when Ryan Brown scored the first of his two goals at 3:11. With just 12 seconds left in the first quarter, Mike Major scored unassisted to put the Firebirds up, 2-1, at the end of the quarter. The Patriots fired 10 shots in the quarter and had only one goal to show for it. Alex Yake started off the scoring in the second for Ghost at 9:35, and the Firebirds outscored the Patriots, 4-3, in the second quarter to take a 6-4 lead into the half. The Patriots fired 21 shots in the second quarter. CB East’s Matt Milici found the back of the net first in the third. Zaba put one in for Ghost two minutes later. Matt Schmidt added his first of the night for CB East, and then with just six seconds left, CB East’s Matt Brown tied it up at 7-7 at the end of the third quarter. CB East’s Matt Vetter got his hat trick with 8:20 left in the fourth. But Ryan Kovak came right back for Ghost at 5:47 to knot it at 8-8. Milici scored his second of the night on a feed from Vetter at 3:53 to put the Patriots up by one, and then Ryan Brown scored the game-winner at 2:16 to put CB East up, 10-8. Ghost added one more as Zaba got his fourth goal of the night, but it wasn’t enough as the Patriots won, 10-9. Jack Auteri was 13 for 21 on faceoffs. Sean McGovern had three saves. The Patriots move on to round three where they will face Avon Grove for the second time this season on Saturday.

Patriots end CR North’s season

Fourth-seeded Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse won its first-round game in the District One Class AAAA tournament on Tuesday, downing No. 29 Council Rock North, 12-2, at War Memorial Field. The Patriots struck first when Matt Schmidt scored his first of four goals at the 11:16 mark in the first. Matt Heim and Owen Griffin each added a goal to put the Patriots up, 3-0. The Indians scored at the 2:50 mark on a man-up advantage, but Schmidt added another goal 10 seconds later and the Patriots ended the quarter up, 4-1. The Indians scored first in the second on another man-up advantage, but that would be the last goal they would score as the Patriots defense held the Indians scoreless for the next 35 minutes. The Patriots would add three goals in the second to take a 7-2 lead into halftime. In the third, CB East would add three more and then another two in the fourth. Andrew Del Bracco won six of six faceoffs. Sean McGovern had seven saves. The CB East defense was led by McGovern, Dustin Buchanan (five ground balls, seven caused turnovers), Tyler Butler (three ground balls, five caused turnovers) and Mike Eveland (three ground balls, one caused turnover).

Patriots complete undefeated season

Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse finished its SOL Continental slate with a 12-0 record after capturing its regular season finale at Central Bucks South, 16-5, on Friday night. The Titans struck first at the 10:51 mark of the first quarter; however, that would be their only lead of the night as the Patriots found the back of the net five times in the first quarter. The Titans added two more in the second to close the gap to 5-3 at the half, but in the third, Matt Milici scored three of his five goals and the Patriots added three additional goals and outscored the Titans, 6-1, in the quarter to take an 11-4 lead at the end of three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Patriots added five more tallies and South added one. The CB East scoring was led by Milici (five goals), Matt Heim (four goals) and Matt Vetter (two goals). Andrew Del Brocco was 15 for 23 on faceoffs. Sean McGovern had 17 saves. The CB East defense was led by Tyler Butler (five ground balls, seven caused turnovers), Dustin Buchanan (five ground balls, three caused turnovers) and Mike Eveland (three ground balls, one caused turnover). For CB South, Joel Zimmerman, Brendan McGrath, Anthony Paone, Evan Falkowski and Chris Tanner all deposited one goal.

Patriots soundly defeat Rams

Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse ripped Pennridge, 15-2, on Tuesday at Doylestown’s War Memorial Field. For CB East, the Matts combined for 12 goals (Matt Schmidt, four; Matt Vetter, three; Matt Heim, two; and Matt Brown, three). Dustin Buchanan, Owen Griffin and Eric Zimmer all added one goal. Sean McGovern had seven saves. Scoring for Pennridge were Lee Phillips and Blake Schemmel.

LaCava deals for Panthers

Vinny LaCava went the distance, allowing one unearned run and striking out seven, as Quakertown baseball posted a 2-1 victory Monday over Central Bucks East. Jake Reed went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored for the Panthers. Jon Potynski went 1-for-3 with a run scored. LaCava helped himself with a sacrifice-fly RBI. “We made mistakes, but none of them affected the next play,” Quakertown manager Jon Pallone said. “Every single player was in the game mentally all seven innings. Our intensity and focus was the best it has been for all seven innings all year.” Pat Reilly scored the lone run for the Patriots.

Patriots capture Continental with win

Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse clinched the SOL Continental Conference with a 15-6 victory over visiting Souderton on Monday. The Patriots are 13-3 overall (10-0 in SOL Continental play) with two league games left. Matt Vetter’s five goals led CB East. Matt Heim added three goals and Matt Schmidt two. Andrew Del Brocco was 10 of 14 faceoffs. Patriot goalies Sean McGovern, Ryan Schupp and Ryan Cataldo combined for seven saves. The CB East defense was led by Dustin Buchanan, Will Dempster and Mike Eveland. The Patriots were up, 10-2, at the half.

Patriots’ Heim leads rout of Knights

Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse celebrated Senior Night in the rain Friday with an 11-4 win over North Penn at War Memorial Field. The Patriots move to 12-2 overall (9-0 in SOL Continental play). The Patriots were led offensively by Matt Milici (three goals, one assist), Matt Heim (three goals, three assists), Matt Vetter (two goals, one assist), Matt Brown (one goal, one assist), Dustin Buchanan (one goal), Jason Achenbach (one goal), Matt Schmidt (two assists) and Zach Nelsen (one assist). Sean McGovern turned in another outstanding performance in goal for the Patriots, recording six saves.

Panthers, Patriots fit to be tied

Quakertown and Central Bucks East boys’ track finished in a 75-75 tie on Tuesday. 300 hurdles: Wright (Q), 41.4. 4×800: CB East, 8:39.2. 100: Gibson (CBE), 11.2. 1,600: Brophy (CBE), 4:32.0. 400: Brophy (CBE), 51.0. 4×100: Quakertown, 45.8. 110 hurdles: Wood (CBE), 17.5. 800: Donello (CBE), 2:01.7. 200: Wright (Q), 22.7. 3,200: Brophy (CBE), 10:09.8. 4×400: Quakertown, 3:28.7. High jump: Grimmage (Q), 5-6. Pole vault: Cubbage (Q), 11-6. Long jump: Long (CBE), 19-3. Triple jump: Salchi (CBE), 39-0. Shot put: Varichione (Q), 44-6. Discus: Varichione (Q), 147-0. Javelin: Borkert (CBE), 152-0.

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