Quakertown field hockey dropped Pennridge, 4-0, on Friday. The Panthers led at the half, 2-0, behind goals from Megan Thompson (Becky Gerhart assist) and Gabby Dontonville. In the second half, Elaina Abramson (Emma McLaughlin assist) and Hillary Scott (Thompson and McLaughlin assists) found the back of the cage to double Quakertown’s advantage. The Panthers outshot the Rams, 11-5. “We were able to execute on our corners, scoring two goals on seven corners,” Quakertown head coach Alyssa Maltese said. “We also moved the ball well up the right side and our forwards created some nice open spaces with their cuts to score our other two goals. The defense did a tremendous job keeping the other team from scoring. We executed our gameplan fairly well and will be looking to build on this win and continue with this momentum going into the second half of our season.”
Upper Dublin boys’ water polo came ready to play at the Pennridge pool on Thursday. It was a tight back-and-forth contest as the Cardinals led at the half. They maintained the lead into the fourth period. The more experienced Rams had decided not to play four of their starters, giving the young players a chance to see some action. Even with starters D.J. Maurone, Colin Russell, Nick Spehar and Jake Aigeldinger on the bench, the Rams pulled away in the final period for a 17-11 victory. Callum Malcolm led the scoring for Pennridge with five goals and Tommy Schneider tossed in three as the team evened its conference record at 3-3.
Pennridge boys’ water polo went down to Souderton, 22-16, on Tuesday. The Rams jumped out to an early 2-1 lead at Souderton’s pool in Franconia. It was an evenly matched battle as the first quarter ended in a 6-6 tie. Nick Spehar fired in three of those six goals for the Rams. The half ended with Souderton leading, 9-8. But the Indians took over in the third quarter, outscoring the Rams, 7-3. Pennridge fought hard in the final period, but couldn’t catch up. Spehar led Pennridge for the fourth game in a row, scoring seven goals. Pennridge is now 2-3 in conference play.
Pennridge golf edged Pennsbury, 201-202, on Tuesday. The Rams’ Matt Swartz and the Falcons’ Jackie Rogowicz tied for the low round on the day (37). Colton Pifer (39) also finished in the 30s for Pennridge. He was followed by: Andrew Simpson, 41; Jake Wiley, 41; and Austin Roland, 43.
Pennridge boys’ water polo lost to LaSalle, 15-11, on Thursday to even its conference record at 2-2. LaSalle jumped out to an early lead and held it into the third quarter. The Rams battled to tie the game at 8-8 midway through the third quarter. But they were weakened in the second half as injured starter Reilly Dolan couldn’t play while starter Colin Russell fouled out midway through the third quarter. Pennridge fought hard to stay close, but LaSalle overpowered it in the final period to pull away to win by four goals. Nick Spehar led the Rams with five goals. He was followed by D.J. Maurone with three. LaSalle’s leading scorers were Luke Chadewic and Kyle McElwee, each with four goals.
Pennridge boys’ water polo improved its conference record to 2-1 with a 13-11 victory over rival Springfield (Montco) on Tuesday. The Rams scored early, jumping out to a 2-0 lead, and ended the first quarter up, 3-1. The Spartans battled back, outscoring the Rams, 3-2, in the second quarter and trailed by one at the half. The referees called a tight game forcing Pennridge starting seniors D.J. Marrone and Colin Russell to foul out early in the second half. But the Rams, with their strength and depth, outscored the Spartans, 8-7, in the half to win by two goals. Nick Spehar led Pennridge with five goals to bring his conference total to nine in three games.
Pennridge boys’ water polo creamed Upper Merion, 18-5, on Friday. The Rams led, 6-0, at the half. It could have been worse for Upper Merion, but head coach Ken Vincent pulled most of his starters midway through the first quarter. With their young players, the Rams outscored Upper Merion, 12-5, in the second half. Nick Spehar led the Rams with three goals, while five others scored two goals each.
Pennridge golf had little difficulty with Council Rock South, 202-228, on Thursday. Jake Wiley finished with a 39 to pace the Rams. Drew Bachtle and Colton Pifer each were a shot behind with a 40. Austin Roland and Matt Swartz managed a 41 and a 42, respectively, in the winning effort.
Pennridge boys’ water polo opened league play on Wednesday with a 14-12 setback to rival Wissahickon. With the score tied at 8-8 at halftime, the Rams held a one-shot lead midway through the fourth quarter. The Trojans battled back to take a 13-12 lead with a minute to play. Pennridge missed its final three shots to fall to 0-1 on the season. D.J. Marrone led the Rams with five goals.
Quakertown golf suffered three setbacks in a quad match on Wednesday at Fox Hollow Golf Club. The Panthers lost to CB East, 200-219; Pennridge, 202-219; and Hatboro-Horsham, 214-219. Top five for CB East: Kyle Kost, 38; Tommy Lewis, 39; Matt DeJonge, 41; Connor Pierce, 41; and Evan Villafranca, 41. Top five for Pennridge: Andrew Simpson, 39; Drew Bachtle, 40; Jake Wiley, 40; Matt Swartz, 41; and D.J. Holton, 42. Top five for Quakertown: Joe Rochelle, 40; Ryan Stainer, 41; Tanner Seislove, 46; Calvin Suk, 46; and John Williams, 46.