Tuesday night, the Owen J. Roberts Wildcats were flirting with being knocked out in the semi-finals of the PAC girls lacrosse Final Four. Thursday night, the Wildcats captured the ultimate PAC prize for the third consecutive season.
Coach Joe Tornetta explained that his girls “got refocused, regenerated and had a better practice (on Wednesday)” that led to the quick turnaround from nearly missing out on the finals to being crowned victors of the league.
It wasn’t just Coach that noticed the difference, senior midfielder Anna Dempsey explained the closeness of the girls and their desire to keep the streak alive that drove them to show up big in the most important PAC game of the season.
Nobody showed up bigger than Dempsey, who scored five goals and led the Owen J. Roberts offensive attack as they began to pull away from Spring-Ford at the end of the first half. The timing of Dempsey’s goals were impeccable as they seemed to crush Spring-Ford’s momentum each and every time she scored.
Her Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind a deliberate, slow-paced offensive attack that helped them control the first 15 minutes of the game. However, following a Camryn Jones goal, the Rams looked primed to tighten up the game. Dempsey and Cassie Marte traded goals for each with the score 4-2 as the clock approached halftime.
Then everything started to go the Wildcats’ way.
They would score six unanswered goals and three of those came in the last two minutes of the first half as the floodgates opened and really let Owen J. Roberts seize total control of the game. They would never look back as they ended up winning this one 11-4 over the Rams.
Focus seemed to be the word of the day for the Wildcats as Coach Tornetta stressed that the girls’ execution during the run was a result of what they lacked on Tuesday, saying “We got some draw controls, we did a better job finishing…it shows you focus.”
Once Gebert (3 goals) and Dempsey stretched the lead to eight with 16:39 left in the game, the feeling was that the Wildcats were well on their way to another PAC title. Despite the Rams’ best efforts to push for a comeback, Owen. J Roberts was just too good defensively to let the Rams anywhere within striking distance.
For Spring-Ford, senior leader Camryn Jones had two goals to close out her PAC career. Despite the loss, she has played a huge role in helping keep the Rams near the top of the conference year in and year out. Sophomores Cassie Marte and Jill Quigley both had goals in their first PAC Championship. With the talent of the sophomore class that the Rams have, this most likely will not be the last time these two show up in a PAC Championship.
As for the Wildcats, their reign over the PAC continues in spite of the challenges they have faced over this season. Dempsey explained how they got “everybody’s best shot,” but ultimately they overcame “the loss of huge parts of (last year’s) team” to stay atop their league.
Next up for both Spring-Ford and Owen J. Roberts will be the District 1 playoffs with the Rams ranked at #12 and the Wildcats in #3. If everything holds to form in the last District 1 AAA rankings, they will be joined by Methacton, Perkiomen Valley and Boyertown in representing the PAC in the playoffs.