Penncrest surges past Springfield

Robert Logan, center, of Penncrest leaps onto Drew Hanna after Hanna scored in the second quarter. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

Drew Hanna extended his arms outward and awaited his teammates.

The Penncrest junior attack had scored for the third time in the Lions' 11-4 win Thursday over Springfield (Delco) in boys' lacrosse.

And he made it look easy: A snap of the wrist sent the ball past the goalie and into the net's top left corner.

Such a simple-looking goal required a modest celebration. Penncrest's players surrounded the scorer, and Hanna's arms closed around his teammates.

The second-quarter strike set the tone in the matchup of undefeated Central League teams. Springfield (4-1, 3-1 league) took an early lead on a man-up goal, but then Hanna scored three times in a row for Penncrest (6-0, 4-0). The momentum was snatched.

"I was just in a rhythm," said Hanna, who finished with four goals. "I was just feeling the game. It felt awesome."

Hanna added two assists, feeding Will Manganiello and Alex Bonnett. Manganiello charged the net, caught Hanna's pass, and reached behind his head to fire the shot.

Hanna's split-dodge, a move he uses to create shooting space, is one of the best Penncrest coach Wayne Matsinger said he has seen.

The player is special, the coach said, with limitless potential.

"He's almost like a Gretzky of lacrosse. He gets it," Matsinger said. "He's always in the right spot. He knows when he can go."

Dylan McCleaft recorded eight saves for Penncrest, including a few crucial stops to kill penalties.

The Lions played down a man for a minute in the third quarter. McCleaft ended the Cougars' advantage by making a reaching save.

Penncrest huddled before the game around Robbie Klodarska. The senior is not one of the Lions' five captains. But Hanna said he is "the designated huddle guy."

Klodarska's older brother Matt was the huddle guy two seasons ago. Deep voices and energy must run in the family, Hanna said. Robbie Klodarska's voice roared. He reminded his team that both sides entered the game unbeaten.

Only one would remain, and it would be Penncrest, Klodarska boomed.

The huddle guy's bellow was right, thanks to Hanna's blazing start.

Springfield (D) 1 0 1 2 - 4

Penncrest 2 2 3 4 - 11

Goals: S-Luke Charamella 2, Mike Gerzabek, Lucas Spence; P-Alex Bonnett, Drew Hanna 4, Ryan Kinnand, Robbie Logan, Will Manganiello, Dylan Protesto, Ethan Trusty 2.

Saves: S-Jake Spence 9; P-Dylan McCleaft 8.