After going 15-1-1 in the regular season, finishing first in the Ches-Mont and being selected first overall in the Flyers Cup tournament, East ran into a team who just wanted it a little bit more.
Fourth-seeded Springfield will take on No. 2 West Chester Rustin in the final Friday.
“I think we had a good intensity level and I think we had good purpose to what we were doing, but I think at times, we just were out-executed,” said head coach Eric Wolf. “Some of the simple things (Springfield) did better than us. Like I said to the team, sometimes when a team does something better than you, you tip your cap to them.”
Springfield jumped out to an early lead a few minutes into the game, but East tied it up late in the same period off a goal by Eddie Russell before Nicholas Castura scored 36 seconds into the second.
But that was all East could get by goaltender Calin Losacco while Springfield tacked on two more goals to take the lead back over.
“If you would have told me before the game they would have out-shot us 36 to 26, I would have said there was a good chance we would lose that game,” Wolf said. “That’s one of the higher shot totals we probably gave up all year and that tells me that tells me that there was a hungry team out there.”
No matter how hard East would try in the third period, Springfield had an answer.
Even with Joe Stacy pulled in the final minute of the game, East wasn’t able to find the back of the net despite two shots which came within inches of tying the game.
“In a one-and-done situation, there’s no time to wait around and I think, at times, we got caught waiting for something to go our way instead of making something go our way,” Wolf said.
Though the future is bright for West Chester East with a lot of young talent who will only get older and better, it was still upsetting for Wolf to see the seniors go home empty-handed.
“I really feel for (the seniors) because those guys started their careers here with a state championship and we really wanted to bookend it for them,” he said. “To come in with one and go out with one would have been exciting and really would have been deserving for those guys.”
ICSHL Girls semifinals
Lansdale Catholic 5, Downingtown East 4: Second-seeded Downingtown West tried to mount a comeback in the third period down by two goals, but could only get within one, falling to third-seeded Lansdale Catholic in the Girls Varsity Semifinals. Four different Whippets scored in the game.
Unionville 10, West Chester East 1: Fourth-seeded West Chester East just couldn’t overcome the lethal, top-seeded team in Unionville. Four different Indians had two goals in the game, with Kaitlyn Anderson scoring six points and Claire Donovan and Hannah Close with five points each. Unionville will play Lansdale Catholic for the championship on Friday.