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Pleasant Vy. rolls past Del Val

Delaware Valley had its hands full with Pleasant Valley in Monday’s girls’ lacrosse match.

PV stormed right out of the gate with an early 2-0 lead in the first five minutes, and then exploded for 12 more goals in a 14-4 win over the Warriors.

“We’ve just been doing what we’re doing,” Pleasant Valley head coach Toni Bush said. “We learn from every game, what we need to work on and get ready for the next game. Last year when we played Delaware Valley, it was a physical game. They gave us a good fight last year.”

Pleasant Valley’s Juliana Lopez was the offensive star of the game with seven goals.

“Jules has been a great asset for us in the midfield and the offensive end,” Bush said. “She has great speed, she puts herself right there in the middle for the pass and shot. She has great shooting skills.

Brielle McInaw and Alexandra Bush both had two goals in the victory. McInaw also added three assists for the Bears (4-1).

“Brielle’s speed is a great attribute to the team,” Bush said. “Her speed enables her to really break free from defenders and get to take those shots, so they’re both doing really well.

“I think we have a really solid team this year overall. If we can get draw possession, the offense has been doing a nice job getting it into the net.”

Bush noted how important draw control was for Pleasant Valley in the match.

“We knew today we had to work hard, so we tried to come right off the draw,” Bush said. “Draw control is key, so luckily we were able to dominate on draw control, which gives you automatic possession. We were able to capitalize on that.”

The strong first half carried into the second, even though Delaware Valley (2-2) had back-to-back goals in the first few minutes of the second half. Pleasant Valley is working on becoming a better second-half team, especially with EPC powerhouse Easton coming up on Tuesday.

“One of our goals this season is to be a second-half team,” Bush said. “We don’t have a lot of subs. We have a very small team. Being able to keep up the stamina in the second half is one of our goals and we’re just trying to keep working on it.

“We slowed down a little bit second half, and I think everybody kind of relaxed a little bit, so I don’t know if it was that or just the fatigue of play. They were able to hold it together there and that’s what matters.”


… Pleasant Valley head coach Toni Bush talked about what the team has been doing with its defense. “Defensively, we’re trying to work on a few different things right now,” Bush said. “We’ve been working really hard on communication, so the girls did communicate better today and one-on-one defense was also better.”


… “That’s a whole different scenario than today. Easton’s one of the powerhouses in the conference. Tuesday, we’re just hoping for smart, solid, consistent play and we’re going to do the best that we can — and the girls get ice cream sundaes if they win.”

Pleasant Valley’s Juliana Lopez (6) prepares to take a shot against Delaware Valley. BOB SHANK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS