Dundas, CB West sink Pennridge
The Central Bucks West Bucks, who are 7-0 overall and 1-0 in the Suburban One League (SOL) National, jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back last Wednesday night.
Behind junior Dani Dundas’ season-high six goals, CB West topped Pennridge, 16-11, in the Bucks’ SOL National opener.
Dundas needed just 40 seconds into the game to race the length of the field and score on a turnover.
“I checked the stick and got the groundball,” Dundas recalled. “I kind of stumbled at first, but I got the ball back and that was exciting. I took it down the middle and had one to beat.”
Casey Reichwein added a goal at the 20:11 mark of the first half; CB West won the draw and junior Finley Ueland found the back of the net 30 seconds later.
Grace Loughery got Pennridge on the board with 17:41 remaining, but Dundas neutralized it 17 seconds later. CB West’s Bryn Boylan tallied a goal off of a penalty scrum, and Lucy Varner took the ball the length of the field to score. When Dundas came around goal to score with 10:18 left, she had a hat trick and CB West had a 7-1 advantage.
“Last year, we were in a lot more tight matches in the beginning of the season and that helped us grow,” CB West head coach Tara Schmucker offered. “This year, we’ve been winning more handily although Plymouth Whitemarsh was a close game and this was getting close toward the end.
“Tonight,” she continued, “we were a little too comfortable and we let them come back in the game.”
Pennridge, which had lost six draws in a row, finally won one and Temple-bound Jen Rodzewich connected on the first of her five goals with 9:53 remaining, making the game 7-2.
From that point on, there was parity in both the draws and score.
“What won it on the draw is that [CB West] would set it up and we would go off of that,” Rodzewich said. “If Bryn would take it, then Grace would take it. If Casey took it, then I would take it.”
CB West led 10-4 at halftime. Rodzewich closed it to 10-6 when she split two defenders on a spin move and scored.
Rodzewich, who scored nine goals in an earlier 14-9 win over Pope John Paul II, credited a Pennridge timeout for getting the Rams back on track.
“(Head) coach (Karen) Schnurr told us we had to get our heads in the game,” she said. “We had to push through and fight to the end.”
CB West upped the lead to 14-7 at the 12:44 mark when Dundas fed Maddie Maio on a beautiful give-and-go. The Rams pumped in three unanswered goals in the game’s 47th minute. Two Maddie Dachowski goals sandwiched a Rodzewich tally.
“Our attack was executing some of our plays and some smarter shots in the beginning, but I have to hand it to Pennridge: they kept fighting,” Schmucker credited. “They never gave up. They caught us on some speed and defensively, we were a little sloppy.”
“[West] is, to me, the best team in our league and this score shows that my team did not give up and worked together as one unit,” Schnurr agreed. “Our goal, no matter what the score was, was to work together.”
Dachowski and Loughery each had a hat trick. Boylan, Reichwein, Maio and Ueland each had a pair of goals.
“Every single game that we’ve had so far, there hasn’t been one person dominating,” Maio noted. “It’s a whole team effort. When everyone is playing great, that’s when we get those big wins.”
Pennridge goalie Alexa Machado recorded 10 saves; her CB West counterpart, Lauren Devlin, saved eight.
The road warrior Rams (6-3, 1-1) – CB West was their second of six straight away games – whipped Saucon Valley, 15-5, on Friday and nipped Wissahickon, 11-10, on Monday. Both CB West and Pennridge played late conference games on Wednesday.
The story of the realigned SOL National is CB West. The Bucks stunned No. 2-seed Springfield in the second round of districts last year before falling to Bishop Shanahan, 15-6.
CB West routed Shanahan, 13-5, on April 7 in a revenge game.
“It was huge to come back and have that win against them,” Dundas exclaimed. “We were surprised.”
Maio and Dundas took different paths to lacrosse. Dundas learned the game from her father, a college lacrosse player. Maio was a young basketball standout who transitioned those skills to lacrosse.
But the two, along with fellow Division I commits Boylan and Ueland, are all on the same road, hoping to keep the momentum going in a special CB West season.
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