Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville goalie Megan Nemeth makes a save against Boyertown’s Marie Valenti during the PAC-10 girls lacrosse
Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville goalie Megan Nemeth makes a save against Boyertown's Marie Valenti during the PAC-10 girls lacrosse championship game. The Phantoms' Kim Rutherford also defends on the play. (Barry Taglieber)

Phoenixville's girls lacrosse team broke tradition by reaching the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship game this year against Boyertown.

Boyertown, the Liberty Division winner, then captured its 11th straight PAC-10 championship by defeating the Phantoms, 17-6, May 8 at Spring-Ford High School's Coach McNelly Stadium.

The Bears (13-0, 17-3) built a 9-3 halftime lead against Phoenixville (8-5, 10-6).

Zoe Bullotta scored two goals for the Phantoms while Angela Hayde, Kira Landis, Ellie Delany and Kellie Matson each had one. Megan Nemeth was outstanding in goal once again with 20 saves.

Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville’s Angela Hayde (17) defends against Boyertown’s Hannah Wentzel (1) during the PAC-10 finals.
Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville's Angela Hayde (17) defends against Boyertown's Hannah Wentzel (1) during the PAC-10 finals. (Barry Taglieber)

"It was a great experience coming this far,' said Nemeth, who is a junior. "We have never done it before. It was an amazing experience. We came out and played. We got down and we just couldn't get back up. We had to play catchup. But I am proud of our team for getting this far. We will build on this in the future, definitely.'

Haley Wentzel scored six goals to pace the Bears, who have won 153 consecutive PAC-10 contests. Marie Valenti added three goals for Boyertown while Emma Morgan, Hannah Jaskuta and Alex O'Herrick had two each.

"This is a step for the small schools because we made it to the finals,' said Phoenixville coach Aamina Thornton. "The parents are supportive , and the kids are supportive. We've been playing as a unit, and they did a nice job to get to where we are now.'


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"Boyertown's speed in the middle is incredible,' Thornton added. "We tried matching their speed instead of taking possession and using the clock to our advantage. It was their experience and their fundamentals. Today Boyertown was fundamentally sound. We wanted to keep it close. I am excited for next year for what they brought to the table everything they had. The clock was running, but they still worked hard.'

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The Phantoms, the Frontier Division champions, had upended Liberty division runner-up Spring-Ford, 12-11, in a double-overtime thriller May 5 in in the semifinal round at Upper Perkiomen High School in Red Hill. Boyertown defeated Upper Perkiomen, 18-7, in the other semifinal contest.

Two critical saves by goalie Megan Nemeth, and senior Kira Landis' goal at the 1:33 mark in the second overtime capped off a late-game comeback by the Phantoms.

Nemeth registered 17 saves in the game while Landis scored three goals on the night.

Phoenixville became the first Frontier Division squad to reach the PAC-10 final since Pottstown, back in 2006.

Spring-Ford had four-goal showings by Kira Gensler and Julianna Radzinski.

Landis' goal came after she worked left between two defenders and then fired a backhand shot past Rams goalie Sam Walters.

The Phantoms rallied back from a 5-3 halftime deficit and then 11-9 with 3:40 left before Zoe Bullotta's goal tied the game at 11 with 2:23 remaining.

Nemeth made two pivotal stops in the final 30 seconds of regulation time on Gensler and then Karly Stevens.

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In a PAC-10 regular season game May 2, Phoenixville defeated Pottsgrove, 14-2. Zoe Bullotta scored four goals and handed out two assists while Megan Nemeth collected 12 saves in goal. The Phantoms built a 7-0 halftime lead.

Tara Gilroy had two goals and two assists while Kylie Crovetti tallied two goals and had one assist. Kira Landis, Chloe Wickstrom, Kellie Matson, T.J. Jefferis (three assists), Angela Hayde and Jacy Sterritt had single goals for the host Phantoms. Katie McErlean chipped in with two assists.

Courtney Petrucelli scored both goals for Pottsgrove while goalie Haylie Jacobs piled up 16 saves.

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The previous day the Phantoms wrapped up the Frontier Division crown with a 12-11 victory over Upper Perkiomen.

Angela Hayde had four goals and one assist while Zoe Bullotta had two goals and one assist, and Kellie Matson had two goals for the Phantoms. Tara Gilroy, Kylie Crovetti and T.J. Jefferis each had one goal and one assist for Phoenixville. Kayla Smith led the Indiasn with four goals and one assist.

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