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Pine-Richland girls lacrosse team falls in semifinals

| Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 2:06 p.m.
Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal
Madeline Collins and the Pine-Richland girls lacrosse team capped off another solid season.
Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal
Pine-Richland's Hannah Christenson and the Lady Rams gave the defending WPIAL champions all they could handle.

The themes for Pine-Richland's girls' lacrosse WPIAL semifinal against Peters Township were evident in the game's opening few minutes: defense and goaltending.

Unfortunately for Pine-Richland, Peters Township's defense was slightly better, and the Rams' season ended with a 9-7 defeat.

“When you only score seven goals, it's tough to win,” Pine-Richland coach Tori Trombetta said.

While the Rams' offense was stalled throughout the game by the Indians' tough zone defense, the superb goaltending of senior Kaelin Clogan kept the contest close.

Peters Township did not score the game's first goal until more than six minutes had elapsed and the Rams' netminder had already made four sparkling saves.

“She's played fantastic all year,” Trombetta said of her goalie. “Without her, the game today could have been a much different story.”

When the two teams played earlier in the year, Peters grabbed a 17-8 victory. But Clogan ensured her team would not get blown out in this game.

The score at the half was 4-2 in favor of Peters Township.

Even though Peters Township took an 8-4 lead with 11:43 to play, the Rams had several chances to cut the deficit to one with fewer than 10 minutes to play.

The Pine-Richland offense was led by Tess Drotar, Madeline Collins and Kim Lubic, who each had two goals.

Despite the tough loss, 2013 was another successful season for Pine-Richland.

It was the second year in a row the Rams reached the final four of Division I. They lost to Peters Township in the finals last year.

Trombetta was proud of the growth her program has undergone recently.

“We've come a long way,” she said. “We have 10 seniors on this team who pushed everyone in the offseason. They got younger players involved, which is important.”

The Rams' seniors can take pride in the fact that they have left a winning legacy behind them and prepared the way for future success.

The senior class of Hannah Christenson, Clogan, Drotar, Monica Ewansik, Callie Smallwood, Megan Raines, Taylor Thene, Leah Reimer, Emily Thill and Kathleen Mangano contributed to the success of the team this season.

S.R. Malone is a freelance writer.

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