Photo by Barry Taglieber Spring-Ford goalie Matt Messerle (24) makes one of his 19 saves against Owen J. Roberts during the PAC-10 boys lacrosse
Photo by Barry Taglieber Spring-Ford goalie Matt Messerle (24) makes one of his 19 saves against Owen J. Roberts during the PAC-10 boys lacrosse championship game May 8 at Coach McNelly Stadium. Sam Garges (9) takes the shot for the Wildcats. (Barry Taglieber)

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ROYERSFORD - Senior goalie Matt Messerle registered 19 saves as Spring-Ford captured its fourth straight Pioneer Athletic Conference championship with a 15-8 victory over Owen J. Roberts at Spring-Ford's Ram Stadium on May 8.

The Rams completed the season with a perfect 14-0 record during the regular season and are now 18-2 overall. Owen J. Roberts went 11-3 in the circuit and is 15-4 overall.

"They (Wildcats) got a couple early on us, but we kept our heads up and kept burying them (goals),' said Messerle. "We kept on them. I gave up a couple early, but once I made the first save, I was locked in. After they beat me, I wasn't going to mess up.'

Photo by Barry Taglieber Spring-Ford boys lacrosse players celebrate their fourth straight PAC-10 championship after defeating Owen J. Roberts, 15-8, in
Photo by Barry Taglieber Spring-Ford boys lacrosse players celebrate their fourth straight PAC-10 championship after defeating Owen J. Roberts, 15-8, in the finals. (Barry Taglieber)

Spring-Ford took a 5-3 lead after one period and was up 10-5 by halftime. The Rams then carried an 11-7 lead into the final stanza.

"We have a lot of great, upcoming guys,' said Messerle. "We are going to bwe a force all the time.'

Senior Alex Marte and sophomore Kevin Todd paced the Rams' offensive attack for coach Kevin Donnelly. Marte scored three goals and handed out one assist while Todd scored a game-high four goals and had one assist. Senior Alec Orcutt finished with three goals. Sophomore Jake Hvazda had one goal and two assists, and junior Danny Krieble had two goals plus one assist.

For Owen J. Roberts, Chris Antich had three goals and two assists while Eric Antich and Sam Garges (two assists) each had two goals.


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The Rams' defense was led by Brandon Dougherty, Liam Hare and Connor Crawford in front of Messerle.