@hedtb36:Unionville aiming for Suburban League title this spring
@heds:The Indians rolled to an impressive nonleague win over Carlisle earlier this week.
@by:By Brad Spahr
@bod:The Unionville High School boys' lacrosse team opened its season last week with a pair of losses. They were outscored, 20-8, in those games.
On the surface, it doesn't seem like a promising start.
However, dig a little deeper and it's easy to see that there's no major cause for concern considering the competition the Indians faced in those two games.
Unionville lost to Malvern Prep in its first contest of the year, 10-3. The Friars are currently the No. 2 ranked team in Pennsylvania. Next up was a 10-5 defeat at the hands of a Hempfield squad who reached the state finals a year ago.
Playing such tough foes to start the season only figures to help Unionville down the road.
"That's why we scheduled them," said second-year Indians head coach John Rohde.
On Monday afternoon, those games already started to pay dividends for Unionville as the Indians dispatched of an always tough Carlisle squad by a score of 14-10 at home to pick up their first victory of the season.
Unionville (1-2) jumped out to a 9-3 halftime lead and held on down the stretch in a game that was never as close as the final score indicated.
"It feels good to get our first win, but we still have a lot to improve on all around," said Unionville senior Conor Allen. "We had fewer turnovers today than in our first two games, but we still have to work on that.
"Our defense really stepped up, though. And we got off to a good start. It was nice to have a cushion to work with."
Junior Colton Vosburgh led Unionville with five goals.
"That was a good win for us because they're a good team, but we also played a little sloppy at times," said Vosburgh. "We just have to keep working on getting everybody on the same page, because when we play our best I think we can beat anybody."
Billy Lloyd netted three goals for the Indians in the win over Carlisle to go along with four assists. Mike Spaziani added two goals. Also scoring for Unionville was Chris Sanese, Drew Pritchard, Evan Cobb and Joe Bowen.
Goalie Charlie Currie made eight saves.
Unionville went 10-9 overall a year ago. They finished second in the Southern Chester County League behind Garnet Valley, and placed third in the tough Suburban League.
Only three players from that team were lost to graduation.
"I'm expecting a lot out of them this season," said Rohde. "This is a very talented team. Our goal is to win the Suburban League. In order for us to do that we're going to have to continue to work hard and we're also going to have to play a lot better on the defensive end and take care of the ball a lot better.
"Today wasn't our 'A' game, but we still won. [Carlisle] is a scrappy team and they really attacked our crease. In our first two games we got down early. Today we had them down four or five goals and that makes all the difference in the world."