Meyers' faceoff dominance helps Radnor down Conestoga

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Radnor's Tom Meyers (34) runs with the ball, Saturday May 30, 2015, as Conestoga's Dylan Sidoriak (33) defends during their PIAA quarterfinal lacrosse game in Bryn Mawr Pa. Radnor defeated Conestoga by a score of 13-4. (For the Inquirer/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

Whether he wears a singlet or carries a lacrosse stick, Tom Meyers is quite familiar with one-on-one competition.

The senior faceoff man for Radnor wielded the latter Saturday, gobbling possession after possession as the Red Raiders rolled, 13-4, in a PIAA quarterfinal against Conestoga at Harriton.

Meyers, also an accomplished wrestler, won 17 of 19 faceoffs and didn't lose his first until the third quarter. He also added a pair of goals.

After his first goal gave Radnor a 6-1 lead in the second, Conestoga (14-11) asked referees to check the legality of his stick.

Quickly, officials deemed the stick fit for play, which delighted the Radnor sideline and elicited raucous cheers.

"It was nice to know the team always has each other's back," said Myers, who will play at UMass next year. "It was really exciting with all them behind me. It was huge. It was awesome."

When he steps into the X, however, he is alone. And parallels with wrestling abound.

"There are huge similarities," he said. "Every faceoff is like a new match. If you lose a faceoff, you can't think about it; just put it behind you and go get the next one."

As a grappler, Meyers twice qualified for the state tournament. His older brothers, John and Bob, also wrestled at Radnor then briefly at Duke and Indiana, respectively.

"It was a great season," he said. "I broke [Radnor's] wins record this season (118). It was a good season and a good career. I'm happy with what I did, and it prepared me for lacrosse season."

Drew Ryan scored four goals for Radnor (19-6), which will play Springfield (Delco) in the semifinals Tuesday.

"This was a huge game because we lost to (Conestoga) last week," Meyers said. "We knew we had to play better. It's do-or-die right now and the seniors kind of took care of that today."

Radnor 5 1 5 2 - 13

Conestoga 0 2 2 0 - 4

R: Drew Ryan 4, Tom Meyers 2, Jack Wilson 3, Phil Regan 1, Mike Farnish 1, Adam Neiberg 1, Westy McLaughlin 1.

C: Brant Pittman 1, Chris Brady 1, Greg Taicher 1, Quinn Bridge 1.

Saves: R-Alex Anderson 7; C-John Roulston 7, Jack Green 3.

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