WEST CHESTER — The Manheim Township boys lacrosse team made history Saturday afternoon in West Chester.
The Blue Streaks took home the school’s first team PIAA 3A championship — outside of rifle and golf — with a 6-4 victory over LaSalle at Harold Zimmerman Stadium.
That’s not all though as Manheim Township’s win is the first boys lacrosse title captured by a District 3 team. This was the first time a team west of Chester County to win a Lacrosse state title.
This was a great team effort. Secondary player Eddie Newman, playing for the injured Owen Miller, got the Streaks started with 2 goals. Grayson Sallade added two as well including the sixth goal in the fourth quarter that sealed the deal.
MVP of the game has to go to goalie Caton Johnson. The future North Carolina Tar Heel player had 9 saves.
Tied 2-2 at the half, Grayson Sallade and Zach Diamond put Township ahead 4-2 in the 3rd quarter.
With the game in the balance, La Salle, which trailed, 4-3, entering the fourth quarter, fell behind, 5-3, with 8:30 left.
An Ethan LaMond goal got the Explorers within a goal at the 3:40 mark.
And, on the Blue Streaks’ ensuing possession, La Salle forced the ground ball it needed. The scrum that followed, however, batted the ball around and eventually onto the stick of Manheim’s Grayson Sallade, a senior bound for the University of Virginia. A dip and dodge later, Sallade backhanded a shot past La Salle goaltender Michael Clibanoff with 2:45 left.
“This is something that no one can ever take away from us,” Sallade said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling that will last a long time.
On being the first team outside Districts 1 or 12 to win the title, Sallade said: “It means a lot. Anyone can win on any given day. High school sports comes down to grit, want-to and preparation.”