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130th PC/GA Day Wrap-Up

Boys soccer entered PC/GA Day hoping to win at least a share of the Inter-Ac League championship.

It did . . . And then some!

The Quakers bested GA, 2-0, thanks to a strong second half, then later received word that Episcopal Academy had fallen to Haverford School, thus allowing PC to win the outright championship.

The goals were scored by freshman Jude Shorr-Parks on an assist from senior Max Jacobs (shown above) and by senior Christian Lemmo. Senior Jay Jennings was perfect in the net.

"We all felt great for Christian," coach Bob DiBenedetto said. "His last game, he's a senior and he scores his first goal of the season. The sequence on Jude's goal was pretty amazing. Jude and Max covered maybe two-thirds of the field, making nice passes back and forth."

The Quakers finished 7-2-1 in league play.

Overall, DiBenedetto said his most common starting lineup this season has featured these 11 guys – goalie Jennings; defenders Conrad Williams (game MVP), Dylan Schwartz (both seniors), Connor Sullivan (junior) and Ethan "ET" Cripe (soph); midfielders Andrew Morris, Matt Kestenbaum (juniors), Bill Melnick (soph) and Ryan Bradby (freshman); and forwards Jacobs and Shorr-Parks.

One game remains for these Quakers. They'll play Hill School Wednesday night at Immaculata University for the PAISAA state championship.

Girls tennis, which annexed the outright Inter-Ac championship (at 6-0) almost a month ago, stormed to a 7-0 sweep.

The winners in singles for coach Rose Weinstein were soph Brinlea La Barge (first), senior/sister Schuyler La Barge (second) and soph Leila Sor (third). Doubles triumphs were registered by junior Chloe Master/senior Natalie Williams (first), senior Jennie Reisman/freshman JJ Birnie (second), senior Olivia Brody-Bizar/junior Meredith Bernstein (third) and senior Hunter Smith/junior Lizzie Drebin (fourth).

The schools' 130th PC/GA football game went down to the wire – or to be exact, the final 2.4 seconds. GA scored a 22-yard field goal with 2.4 on the clock, and GA students fans stormed the field. PC still owns an outrageous lead in the series, 83-36-11.

Senior quarterback Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky passed 15-for-25 for 215 yards, finalizing his career total at 6,172. Senior Chris Tucker made a 74-yard reception to set up a 1-yard scoring run by soph Edward Saydee and Saydee notched the other TD on a 68-yard, broken-play, pass-and-run connection from Hnatkowsky.

Girls soccer, which had already nailed down the outright I-A title, lost by a 5-2 score while playing for the fourth time in six days. The goals went to soph Emma Maley off a curved corner kick and to junior Gi DeMarco off a penalty kick.

Cross country and water polo suffered both-gender losses and field hockey fell as well.

PC lost the PC/Day competition, 7-3. The other win had been earned earlier in the week by the golf squad.

Photos and more photos of football. And still more photos!

Posted by S. Sexton in silary, fall sports on Sunday November, 13, 2016 at 08:54AM

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