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Goforth’s 7 goals carry Shanahan past York Catholic in state semifinals

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MECHANICSBURG – Gabe Goforth gets excited every time he is matched up against a short stick on attack.

Gabe Goforth … 7 goals

The Bishop Shanahan sophomore led a scoring parade Tuesday night with seven goals as the District 1 champion Eagles rolled into the PIAA Class AA final with a 17-5 landslide over District 3’s York Catholic at Cumberland Valley High School.

Shanahan advances to Saturday’s final at West Chester East (2:30 p.m.) to face District 1 third-place finisher Strath Haven, a 12-11 survivor of Mars Tuesday.

Goforth rattled off four consecutive goals in the first quarter to rectify an early strike by York Catholic’s Chandler Hake, and the offense was rarely quiet for long. In three states games, Shanahan has poured in 48 goals. With the bevy of scorers firing away Tuesday, it’s not hard to see how.

“The way I feel when I go out there is, if I have the shorty, I’ll take him every time,” Goforth said. “Any one of us can dodge a shorty, and can even dodge a pole sometimes.”

“He just breaks down any guy you put on him,” fellow attackman Connor Heisman said of Goforth. “You put a pole on him, you try to double him, he splits them. He’s going to Maryland for a reason.”

Goforth was hardly alone Tuesday. Michael Tagliaferri scored four times. Brian Rafferty paired two goals with two helpers, while Heisman added a goal and three assists. Kyle Gucwa scored twice and dished an assist.

York Catholic opened the scoring via Hake, who scored four goals. But Shanahan responded with the next 10 and led 10-3 at half. Matthew Cassidy also scored for York Catholic.

“Coming in, we had no idea,” Heisman said. “They’re a good team on film, a couple of threats on offense. We came out and just played, and the scoreboard says what happened.”

Bishop Shanahan 17, York Catholic 5
Bishop Shanahan    8 2 6 1 – 17
York Catholic             1 2 1 1 – 5

Bishop Shanahan
Michael Tagliaferri 4G’s
Bryan Rafferty 2G’s 2A’s
Kyle Gucwa 2G’s 1A
Gabe Goforth 7 G’s
Bathon 1A
Connor Heisman 1G 3A’s
Andrew Smyth 1G
Nick Pezone 5 saves
Kingsbury 13/23 FO’s

York Catholic
Chandler Hake 4g
Matthew Cassidy g
Cole Witman a
Joe Fiorenza a
Jarred Kohl 6 saves

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