Archive for the ‘Boys’ Lacrosse’ Category

By ELIJAH ARMOLD

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West York’s Hunter Betz, left, moves with the ball while Susquehannock’s Kevin Clapp, right, defends during the York-Adams League lacrosse

West York’s Hunter Betz, left, moves with the ball while Susquehannock’s Kevin Clapp, right, defends during the York-Adams League lacrosse championship game at Susquehannock High School in Glen Rock. West York would win the game 16-7. Betz finished the season with 45 goals and 66 assists and was named York-Adams League Boys’ Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year. (Dawn J. Sagert — dsagert@yorkdispatch.com)
Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day moves the ball down the field as Susquehannock’s Gena Speights, right, defends during the York-Adams League lacrosse

Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day moves the ball down the field as Susquehannock’s Gena Speights, right, defends during the York-Adams League lacrosse championship game at Susquehannock High School in Glen Rock. Kennard-Dale would win the game 14-11. Day finished her career as the national goal-scoring leader at 469. She was named the York-Adams League Girls’ Lacrosse Player of the Year. (Dawn J. Sagert — dsagert@yorkdispatch.com)

The York-Adams League lacrosse coaches released their all-star teams following the 2015 season, and leading the way on the boys’ list was an All-American who led his team to historic heights.

Hunter Betz was instrumental in West York capturing its first-ever York-Adams League boys’ lacrosse title this season. Betz graduates as the all-time points leader in program history with 305 (134 goals, 171 assists).

This season, Betz recorded 45 goals and a York-Adams-high 66 assists. Not surprisingly, the coaches selected him the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.

A team captain for the past two seasons, Bulldogs coach Rodney Tamblin says the strength in Betz’s game lies in his vision and unselfishness.

“His head is always up, looking for his teammates, looking to make that extra pass,” Tamblin said. “The team comes first. He will be the first to tell you that nothing is possible without your teammates.”

Tamblin points to the York-Adams championship game as the best example of Betz’s abilities. Having lost in that game during his sophomore season, Betz and his fellow seniors weren’t going to let themselves feel that disappointment again.

Betz also capped his career by recently garnering a U.S. Lacrosse All-America honor, as voted on by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse.

Susquehannock goalie Shane Silk was named York-Adams Defensive Player of the Year. Silk racked up 196 saves on the season to go along with a save percentage of 62.

The Warriors’ senior captain allowed 118 goals and will play his college lacrosse at Virginia Wesleyan.

Red Lion coach Stefan Striffler was named Coach of the Year. He led the Lions to a 9-2 mark in the York-Adams league and a 13-5 mark overall. The Lions saw their season end with a first-round loss to Wilson in the District 3 playoffs.

Striffler was also named Coach of the Year by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse.

Susquehannock goalie Shane Silk was named the York-Adams League Boys’ Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year. He finished with a save percentage of 62

Susquehannock goalie Shane Silk was named the York-Adams League Boys’ Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year. He finished with a save percentage of 62 and finished with 196 saves.

Dallastown’s Franklin Marquet was also a York-Adams recipient of an All-America honor. Joe Dashler Jr. of Red Lion and Josh Eaton of Kennard-Dale were named Academic All-Americans. Eastern York’s Conrad Rhein was given the organization’s Bob Scott Award.

Girls’ standouts: On the girls’ side, the Player of the Year winner was of little surprise.

Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day completed the most prolific career in York-Adams history this season.

Day’s major accomplishment was setting the new national career goal-scoring record, finishing with 469 to surpass the 459 of North Carolina prep standout Megan Shortt.

She also helped the Rams reclaim the York-Adams title this season, as well as earning the school a third-place finish at the District 3 level and a PIAA tournament appearance. Day also earned a U.S. Lacrosse All-America nod.

The St. Francis-bound Day was incredibly efficient in her shot selection as well, scoring 126 goals on 142 shots. She also added 33 assists for 159 points on the season.

“Morgan has been that player, that if all else fails, she will help the troubled player and/or score. She has been steady in her play and has played the game the right way – unselfishly,” K-D coach Kelly Wetzel said. “She is almost always in the right place at the right time and her teammates relied on that.”

Wetzel cites the Rams’ first of three games against Susquehannock as the best display of Day’s abilities. According to the coach, the Warriors employed a faceguard defense on Day in order to deny her the ball. But Day would have none of it, scoring three times to frustrate the Warriors.

Susquehannock coach Steve Marshner was named Coach of the Year. The Warriors finished with a 10-1 record in the York-Adams League and an 18-4 mark overall. Susquehannock’s season came to a close with a loss to Kennard-Dale in the District 3 third-place game, leaving the Warriors a win shy of a PIAA berth.

The York Catholic trio of Lindsey China, Maura Palandro and Lisa Casagrande were all named to the Academic All-America Team.

— Reach Elijah Armold earmold@yorkdispatch.com.

High school lacrosse

York-Adams lacrosse

2015 All-league selections

Boys

Offensive Player of the Year: Hunter Betz, attack, West York.

Defensive Player of the Year: Shane Silk, goalie, Susquehannock

Coach of the Year: Stefan Striffler, Red Lion.

Attack

First Team: Hunter Betz, West York. Sam Emig, Red Lion. Collin Riley, Susquehannock

Second Team: Tanner Reif, Red Lion. Anthony DeVincent, South Western. Brian Prats, Dallastown

Honorable mention: Jac Gemmill, Red Lion. Jacob Norton, York Catholic. Aidan Kirkendall, Susquehannock. Bryce Kephart, Spring Grove. Jack Allred, Susquehannock

Midfield

First Team: Collin Mailman, York Suburban. Conrad Rhein, Eastern York. Tanner Bolton, Spring Grove

Second Team: Dorian Faster, Susquehannock. Tyler Dunlap, Red Lion. Cade Gold, Dallastown

Honorable mention: John Wilson, New Oxford. Conner Hoch, Central York. Christian Castle, Red Lion. Seth Wise, West York. Joseph Saddock, York Suburan

Defense

First Team: Franklin Marquet, Dallastown. Hunter Sterner, Spring Grove. Andrew Kollasch, Central York

Second Team: Alex Keough, Red Lion. Ben Hollinger, South Western. Tanner Hale, West York

Honorable mention: Eric Schlough, York Catholic. Cody Hopta, West York. Sam Pollock, Eastern York. Jordan Stahm, Susquehannock. Josh Eaton, Kennard-Dale. Foster Hoyt, York Suburban

Goalies

First Team: Shane Silk, Susquehannock

Second Team: John Marks Jr., Dallastown

Honorable mention: Nick Raynor, South Western. Jorge Medine, New Oxford

GIRLS

Most Outstanding Player: Morgan Day, Kennard-Dale

Coach of the Year: Steve Marshner, Susquehannock

Attack

First Team: Lindsey China, York Catholic. Shannon Moore, York Catholic. Ashley Valway, Susquehannock. Katelyn Welch, Susquehannock

Second Team: Peyton Shima, Red Lion. Addison Billings, Central York. Alyssa Layton, Dallastown

Honorable mention: Jenna Godfrey, Red Lion. Anna Linthicum, York Catholic. Aggie Phillips, New Oxford

Midfielders

First Team: Morgan Day, Kennard-Dale. Braxtin Reddinger, New Oxford. Gena Speights, Susquehannock. Lyndsey Duty, Kennard-Dale. Lauren Schmidt, South Western. Riley Toomey, Easter York

Second Team: Ally Williams, West York. Emmie Dressel, Kennard-Dale. Raleigh Bateman, New Oxford. Erin Brown, South Western. Jordyn Miller, Spring Grove

Honorable mention: Alexa Gladfelter, Central York. Bri Pfieffer, Eastern York. Emily Robbins, Red Lion. Karlee Wasilewski, York Suburban Defenders

First Team: Rachel Marshner, Susquehannock. Maura Palandro, York Catholic. Kayleigh Pokrivka, York Catholic. Brooke Davis, Kennard-Dale. Haley Martinez, Susquehannock

Second Team: Samantha Richards, Spring Grove. Lisa Casagrande, York Catholic

Goalies

First Team: Amber Orner, Susquehannock. Laure Silver, South Western

Second Team: Clare Boone, Kennard-Dale

Honorable mention: Mary Eckert, Dallastown. Tori Gross, West York

The West York boys’ lacrosse team saw its season come to an end on Thursday, falling to second-seeded Cumberland Valley in the District 3 quarterfinals, 14-4.

The 10th-seeded Bulldogs were the last remaining York County team in the boys’ tournament.

West York’s exit was a product of two bad quarters against the Eagles. In the second and fourth quarters, the Bulldogs were outscored 10-1, while in the first and third quarters, they played right with CV, only getting outscored 4-3.

Devyn Roehm led the way with two goals for West York, while Nick Cintron and Cameron Goodling each added one. Hunter Betz, Trevor Sweitzer and Cintron each registered an assist. In goal, Cole Rinehart stopped 12 shots for the Bulldogs.

The Eagles got a game-high four goals from C.J. Sherlock and a three-goal, three-assist effort from Stevie Peters.

West York finished the season 15-4.

By PATRICK STROHECKER
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GLEN ROCK — Often there’s one moment in a game that provides the key difference in the outcome.

In Tuesday night’s District 3 boys’ lacrosse first-round match between Susquehannock and Warwick, that moment came at the start of the fourth quarter.

After Warriors’ attack Jack Allred was assessed a three-minute, non-releasable penalty for using an illegal stick at the start of the fourth quarter — the third illegal stick infraction of the game — Warwick made its move. Its offense was cold through the first three quarters, but strong defense and goal keeping kept it in the game after 36 minutes. With a golden opportunity to strike, Warwick did.

Entering as the No. 12 seed, Warwick capitalized twice on the man-up advantage to bring the game to within 5-4. Three more unanswered goals followed, allowing the visitors to pull off the upset and eliminate fifth-seeded Susquehannock on its own field, 7-5, and move into the quarterfinals.

“Honestly, when the opportunity arose, just being there,” Warwick head coach Wayne Hummer said about the key to victory. “At halftime, I said to them, ‘you guys really just need to stay the course.’ We made a lot of mistakes in the first half and we were only looking at a 2-0 deficit.”

With each successive goal that the Lancaster County team scored, its energy grew, while the frustration mounted for the Warriors. They had their chances to stop the bleeding and get momentum back on their side, but with each chance to strike back, Warwick goalie Cameron Epple continued to make big saves.

“When you have a goalie doing that for you, it gives you a chance to win,” Hummer said.

Susquehannock took a 2-0 lead into halftime and came out of the gates with the third quarter’s first tally to increase its lead to 3-0. Warwick was held off the scoreboard for the first 26 minutes of the game, but once Tyler Bogda finally broke the scoring drought, the visitors started to settle down and find their groove.

Still, the Warriors carried a 5-2 advantage into the final frame, and with the way their own defense was playing, they looked to be well in control. In the end, however, it was Warwick that came up with the big goals when they mattered most and seemingly stole victory away from Susquehannock out of nowhere.

“We just didn’t make the plays,” Warriors head coach Russ LeBlanc said. “We didn’t play with self-discipline and we let this one get away. Warwick’s a good program and took advantage of our lack of discipline.”

Perhaps the biggest chance for Susquehannock to stop the Warwick run and turn things in its favor came with just under two minutes to play when Epple made a kick save in tight and then followed it up with another save to keep Warwick’s two-goal lead in tact. The two saves were, arguably, his biggest out the 12 he made in the game.

At the other end of the field, Warriors’ senior goalie Shane Silk stopped 11 shots, doing all he could to keep his team ahead early in the game and then within reach late in the contest.

“Shane’s a very talented goalie and he’s got a bright college career ahead of him,” LeBlanc said.

Silk will be playing at Virginia Wesleyan next year.

Junior Aidan Kirkendall had a hand in four of Susquehannock’s five goals, tallying two goals and two assists. Allred notched two goals, while Collin Riley scored the other.

Susquehannock finishes the season at 13-4. Warwick improves to 14-5.

OTHER BOYS’ LACROSSE

West York 9, Trinity 7: At Shiremanstown, the Bulldogs were able to pull off the road upset in the opening round of the District 3 playoffs, thanks in part to a hat trick from Trevor Sweitzer and two-goal, two-assist game from Hunter Betz. Cole Rinehart was the key defensively, recording 23 saves in goal to collect the win. The 10th-seed Bulldogs (15-3) next face No. 2 Cumberland Valley (17-1) on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Lower Dauphin Middle School in a quarterfinal contest. Cumberland Valley dominated No. 15 Gov. Mifflin on Tuesday, 15-6. Seventh-seeded Trinity finishes 14-4. West York is the only York-Adams boys’ team left standing after the first round.

Wilson 12, Red Lion 9: At West Lawn, the Lions saw their season come to a close despite a five-point night from Jac Gemmill. Gemmill recorded three goals and two assists, while teammate Tanner Reif added two goals and two assists. Sam Emig and Tyler Dunlap each had a pair of goals for Red Lion. Wilson was led by Connor Howell’s three-goal, three-assist performance. Ninth-seeded Red Lion finishes at 13-5. Eighth-seeded Wilson improves to 16-4.

Berks Catholic 9, Dallastown 8: At Reiffton, Oliver Hanley scored the winning goal with 50 seconds left and the Saints ended the Wildcats’ season in the opening round of the District 3 tournament. Cade Gold led the way for Dallastown, scoring three goals and adding an assist. Max Lohss chipped in with two goals for the Wildcats. The Saints were led by three-goal efforts from Robert Cressman and Tanner Pajakinas, each adding an assist to their totals. Jack Marks had 13 saves in net for Dallastown. His counterpart, Justin Huntsman, made 12 saves. No. 11 seed Dallastown finishes at 12-5. No. 6 seed Berks Catholic improves to 17-1.

Hershey 13, York Suburban 3: At Hershey, the Trojans trailed 8-1 at the half and were unable to recover, dropping the District 3 first-round match. Individually for the Trojans, Matthew LeCates, Raine Sindicich and Ryan Yost each scored one goal, while Justice Gettle and Foster Hoyt each recorded one assist. No. 16 seed Suburban finishes at 9-6. Top-seeded Hershey improves to 19-0.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com

By GEORGE HAMMOND
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West York celebrates its 16-7 win against Susquehannock in the York-Adams League boys’ lacrosse championship match at Susquehannock High School on

West York celebrates its 16-7 win against Susquehannock in the York-Adams League boys’ lacrosse championship match at Susquehannock High School on Thursday. (DAWN J. SAGERT — dsagert@yorkdispatch.com)
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GLEN ROCK — Rodney Tamblin knew he had a special group of seniors.

Thursday night, the West York coach found out just how special when the Bulldogs earned their first York-Adams League boys’ lacrosse tournament title with a 16-7 victory over Susquehannock.

Led by senior Hunter Betz, who had five goals and three assists, the Bulldogs never trailed, ending what had been several seasons of postseason frustration for West York — particularly on Susquehannock’s field. It had lost in two previous championship appearances there.

“I have 13 of the greatest seniors and I knew they would be motivated to play,” Tamblin said. “They just never stop.”

They were determined to avenge their 14-6 regular-season loss to Susquehannock, a game in which the Bulldogs were outplayed from the start.

“We’ve always had trouble on this field, but we won in the semifinals (against Red Lion) on this field, and we just said we can win again on this field,” said senior Seth Wise, who complemented Betz with four goals. “Our coach told us at halftime to just keep scoring, and if we do that, they’ll get frustrated and our seniors did our thing and won.”

Wise’s back-to-back goals in the third quarter might have been the back-breakers, too. The pair increased West York’s advantage to 11-5 with 2:40 remaining in the quarter. Susquehannock cut the deficit to 11-6 with less than a minute gone in the final quarter before Betz went to work again at the 7:47 mark to make it 12-6. Before the contest was over, Betz would add another goal and an assist to reach a mind-boggling 300 points for his varsity career.

“He had a 100-plus point season his sophomore year and it’s really just phenomenal what he’s done,” Tamblin said. “Most of those points are probably assists, too. I think he’d rather set up someone else than score the goal himself.”

Wise agreed.

“Hunter is just the perfect asset to any team,” he said. “He’s always been our leader since we were little and he’s always picked us up when we were down.”

For Betz, the championship was much sweeter than his individual statistics.

“I’d take the championship over that (300 points) any day,” he said. “I wouldn’t have accomplished the other stuff without my team anyway.”

Betz started the scoring just 1:23 into the game before the Warriors’ Collin Riley tied it. But a goal by Wise was followed by two goals by Ryan McCauley and the Bulldogs stayed on top. Betz added the first two goals of the second quarter to make it 6-3 before two late first-half scores by the Warriors made it 6-5 at halftime. But in the third quarter, the Bulldogs went on a 5-0 run to enter the final 12 minutes leading 12-5.

“We were just out of sync all night,” said a disappointed Warriors’ coach Russ LeBlanc. “I’m just really disappointed with a lot of things tonight. I think the penalties played a big part in the game. That’s really not us. We’ve had two minutes of penaltiy time in the last three games, so to have so many tonight (seven in the first half) was really disappointing.”

Adding goals for West York were Devyn Roehm (3), McCauley (2), Trevor Sweitzer and Cameron Goodling. For Susquehannock, Zach Orner and Jack Allred had two goals each.

— Reach George Hammond at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

May Madness has arrived in York County.

Starting Thursday and ending Tuesday, the York-Adams League will hold championships in nearly every spring sport.

In just six days, scholastic athletes from around the region will produce memories that could last for six decades.

If you enjoy prep sports, it’s a perfect storm.

Lacrosse: It starts Thursday evening with boys’ and girls’ lacrosse championships at Susquehannock High School, with the girls’ match slated for 5:30 p.m. followed by the boys’ contest at 7 p.m.

The girls’ contest will pit Kennard-Dale (16-0) against Susquehannock (16-1). No surprise there. Those two teams finished first and second during the regular season, and they’re also ranked first and second in the District 3 power ratings.

The Rams will be itching to regain the league playoff title after falling to York Catholic in last year’s championship match. K-D had won the first three Y-A tournament titles.

K-D won the regular-season meeting between the two teams, 11-6, at Susquehannock. Look for a similar outcome this time around.

The boys’ final pits West York vs. Susquehannock. The two teams tied for the regular-season league crown at 10-1. Susquehannock enters at 13-2 overall, while West York is 13-3. Susquehannock, however, dominated the regular-season meeting, 14-6, back on April 9 in Glen Rock. This time, the score will likely be much closer, but the home-field edge should put Susquehannock over the top.

Boys’ volleyball: Also on Thursday night, the most highly anticipated boys’ volleyball match of the regular season will take place when Northeastern visits Central York at 7:30 p.m. in a battle of super powers. Both teams are unbeaten in York-Adams action, and both are defending state champions (Central in AAA and Northeastern in AA). The showdown will decide the league’s regular-season title.

Just five days later (7:30 p.m. Tuesday), there’s an excellent chance that the same two teams will meet again in the York-Adams Tournament title match at Dallastown. Of course, to set up yet another championship battle, both teams will first have to navigate their way through quarterfinal action on Monday and semifinal matches on Tuesday.

Since 2007, every York-Adams regular-season and tournament title has gone to either Central or Northeastern, with the exception of one year. York Suburban swept both crowns in 2012.

The Panthers (11-0) and Bobcats (13-0) have competed in several of the same tournaments this season. Given their finishes in those events, Northeastern would have to be rated a slight favorite over Central.

Baseball and softball: Baseball and softball also will crown their York-Adams champions over the next week. The semifinals in both sports are Friday. The softball championship game is slated for 5 p.m. Monday at New Oxford, while the baseball title game is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday at Spring Grove.

In baseball, Division I champion Spring Grove (14-6) will try to defend its title. It won’t be an easy task, however. The Rockets must face Division II champion West York (14-4) in Friday’s semifinals at 5 p.m. at New Oxford. The Bulldogs won the Y-A tournament title in both 2012 and 2013. The Bulldogs also won AAA state titles in each of those years. West York won the regular-season meeting vs. Spring Grove, 3-2, on March 31 at West York.

The other Friday semifinal — at 3:30 p.m. at Spring Grove — will pit Division III champion Eastern York (12-5) vs. Division IV champion Delone Catholic (13-7). The Squires are regulars in the league playoffs. They have appeared in every tournament since the event started in 2009, but they’ve never won the title. Eastern, meanwhile, is making its first tournament appearance. The Golden Knights captured a 5-0 victory against Delone at McSherrystown on April 17.

Look for the Spring Grove-West York winner to take home the title. With West York struggling a bit of late, losing four of its last six after a 12-0 start, the edge goes to Spring Grove.

In softball, Dallastown won’t be back to defend its tournament crown. The Wildcats lost a Division I showdown to Central (18-2) on Monday to give the Panthers the Division I crown.

Central, however, is no stranger to the league playoffs. The Panthers took the tournament title in 2012 and 2013. In fact, the Division I champion has ruled this event in recent years, winning every playoff title since 2010. Central will face Division II champion Dover (12-6) at 5 p.m. Friday at Susquehannock. Central won at Dover on April 16, 7-4.

The other softball semifinal will pair Division III champion Littlestown (15-3) vs. Division IV champion Delone Catholic (14-4) at Spring Grove. Littlestown triumphed at Delone on April 11, 7-2.

History says Division I champion Central is the team to beat.

Track and field: Finally, the top track and field athletes in York and Adams counties will take center stage on Friday night, when the league championships take place at Dallastown. Action starts at 4 p.m.

There are no team titles on the line at this event, but individuals will attempt to win medals and prove that they are the best athletes that York and Adams counties have to offer.

There are a few athletes to keep an eye on. South Western standout Lynne Mooradian is the defending champion in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes. But she could get a challenge from Red Lion’s Angelica Gonzalez, who has seen limited action this spring. Gonzalez was a freshman phenom in 2012 but has struggled with leg injuries since then. Hopefully, the East Carolina recruit will be healthy and compete in the league meet. Right now, she’s entered in the 200, 400 and 1,600 relay.

In addition, York Suburban’s Olivia Gettle is the defending champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

Weather: Of course, with the exception of boys’ volleyball, the championship events will need some cooperation from Mother Nature to go off as scheduled. Right now, the forecast for Thursday and Friday looks promising. The outlook for Monday and Tuesday, however, is a bit more sketchy.

Let’s hope that the weather cooperates.

The area athletes deserve the opportunity to perform their best in the best conditions. They also deserve to have big crowds there to watch them.

May Madness has arrived in York County.

Local high school sports fans should sit back and enjoy it.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

By PATRICK STROHECKER
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GLEN ROCK — The West York boys’ lacrosse team wore undershirts that read “Army of One.”

The Red Lion team, meanwhile, donned ones that read “War Ready.”

Both were appropriate, considering that for the second time this season, the two teams put each other through a pitched battle.

But, much like the first meeting, it was the Bulldogs who came out winners on Tuesday night, this time knocking off the Lions 11-9 in the York-Adams League semifinals.

The turning point in the contest didn’t come until late in the third quarter, after much of the game was played neck and neck. Up until that moment, the largest lead in the game was one, but it was West York which finally surged ahead, mounting a 4-0 run that helped it turn a one-goal deficit into a 10-7 advantage. It was a lead the Bulldogs would never relinquish.

“They’re a tough team,” West York coach Rodney Tamblin said. “They’re well coached. They got some ballplayers on that team. We know, we were missing some guys in the first game (a 10-9 overtime win by West York), but, we still knew they were going to bring everything they had.”

It was Hunter Betz who put the Bulldogs ahead for good with just 2.8 seconds remaining in the third quarter, scoring on an off-balanced shot, all while taking a late hit.

“That was a little bit of a momentum changer,” Betz said. “I knew Red Lion was going to come out and I knew it was going to be a back-and-forth game, but I’m glad we finally put one in and took the lead.”

Up by three late in the game, West York didn’t make closing out things easy on itself. Late penalties gave Red Lion chances to level the score, but strong defensive play and timely saves by goalie Cole Rinehart helped preserve the Bulldogs’ lead.

“We stress and we say how we’re glad to have a solid defense at West York for a number of years,” Tamblin said. “The guys know the roles they gotta play. They just know their assignments and what’s asked and they stick with the game plan.”

In total, there were three lead changes and seven ties in the contest.

Both goalies played well enough to earn victories, but it was Rinehart’s 10-save effort that earned West York a berth into Thursday night’s championship game. Freshman goalie Nick Serrano made 15 saves for the Lions.

Betz finished with a game-high six points for the Bulldogs, coming on three goals and three assists. Seth Wise and Devyn Roehm each added three goals, while Roehm also notched two assists.

For Red Lion, Jac Gemmill led the way with three goals, while Tyler Dunlap, Sam Emig and Tanner Reif each netted two.

West York will face Susquehannock on Thursday night for the league championship, getting a shot at redemption after losing to the Warriors earlier in the season. And the Bulldogs will have a chance to hoist the title on Susquehannock’s own turf.

“We’re looking forward to playing Susky again,” Betz said. “I know they played us (at home) and beat us bad (14-6), but hopefully we can come back out and play our lacrosse.”

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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Susquehannock’s Noah O’Brien, right looks to get the ball around Dallastown’s Dezmond Jones during a York-Adams League boys’
Susquehannock’s Noah O’Brien, right looks to get the ball around Dallastown’s Dezmond Jones during a York-Adams League boys’ lacrosse semifinal game at Central York High School on Tuesday. (DAWN J. SAGERT — dsagert@yorkdispatch.com)

EMIGSVILLE — When the game is on the line in the final minutes, the Susquehannock boys’ lacrosse team can take solace from the fact that they have Shane Silk in goal.

And while Silk is quite adept at snuffing out the best of scoring chances, it was Silk’s best friend that proved to be a big reason why the York-Adams League regular-season co-champs are headed to the playoff finals.

With Dallastown on the attack with under 10 seconds left in a one-goal contest, the Wildcats mounted a full-out assault on the Warrior goal. Silk did his best to keep the ball out of the cage, but a quick shot by Max Lohss eluded Silk’s grasp with two seconds left.

Fortunately, his friend — the post — was in the perfect spot to pick up the senior netminder. The shot clanked off the iron border, securing Susquehannock an intense 8-7 triumph over the Wildcats.

The victory marked a sweep for the Warriors on the night, with the Susquehannock girls’ lacrosse team claiming a 14-13 win over York Catholic in the first game of a doubleheader at Central York High School. As a result, both clubs will play in their own digs at Robert E Lau Memorial Field Thursday night for the league titles. The girls will face Kennard-Dale in the first game at 5:30 p.m., while the Warrior boys will take on West York in the nightcap.

“We knew they were going to go at the cage hard,” Susquehannock coach Russ LeBlanc said. “We just wanted to keep good position and turn them out. We shut out their shooters pretty well, but we didn’t stop the ball the way we wanted to.”

The Warriors, and especially Silk, can give plenty of thanks to the 1 1/2-inch metal post that helped the squad skirt a last-second comeback from the Wildcats.

“That kid is pretty quick,” Silk said of Lohss. “He rolled up and rolled around and just got a shot off and it hit that pipe. So, yeah, I love the pipe.”

As the horn finally sounded, the Susquehannock players celebrated on the field with their senior goalie. To top it off, the Warrior girls, who stuck around to cheer on their male counterparts, serenaded the boys’ team with praise.

“That was sweet,” said Silk, who finished with 12 saves. “I saw them dancing up in the stands and that just kind of made it just more of a chill atmosphere. It was great having them here to cheer us on.”

The final celebrations, however, didn’t diminish the fact that the Warriors were in a struggle over the final 24 minutes. But it did make them feel a lot better.

“I’ve got to give credit to Dallastown’s defense,” said Silk of a Wildcat side that held the Warriors to one goal in the second half. “They were stellar. Great goaltending too. We had a lot of missed opportunities down toward the end, but Dallastown played extremely well.”

Dom Gurreri and Andrew Kvasnovski combined to score three goals over the final quarter to draw the Wildcats within 8-7 with 5:52 left. But no one could beat Silk or his friend from that point on.

“We like to keep it interesting, I guess,” LeBlanc joked. “But I’m really happy for the guys. They have goals that they set for themselves this season and they keep making enough plays to take steps in that direction.”

One of those goals — winning the league playoff title — is now well within reach. And the fact that they will be able to do it against their rivals and a team they were forced to share the regular-season title with makes it all that much sweeter.

“That’s going to be off the chart,” Silk said. “We wanted West York. I just hope our fans come out and cheer us on.”

Aiden Kirkendall led the Warriors with three goals, while Cade Gold, Gurreri and Kvasnovski each scored two goals each for Dallastown. Wildcat goalie Jack Marks finished with 16 saves.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Spring Grove 17, Cedar Crest 8: At Cedar Crest, a seven-goal outburst in the second quarter helped the Rockets break open a close game and down the Falcons in the non-league game. Tanner Bolton scored a game-high five goals for Spring Grove, while Bryce Kephart added four and Dylan Griffiths tallied three.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Cumberland Valley 20, Spring Grove 2: At Spring Grove, the Rockets got goals from Casey Franklin and Marisa Landaverde in the loss.

York Suburban 6, Eastern York 5: At Wrightsville, Pat Keane (11 saves), Collin Mailman (two goals, assist) and Joe Saddock (two goals) led Suburban to the low-scoring win. Conrad Rhein (two goals, assist) and Brian Lehman (three goals) led Eastern.

The best lacrosse teams in the York-Adams League are about to embark on the next stage of the 2015 season.

The pairings, sites and times for next week’s league tournament semifinals have been set.

Action starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with the girls’ semifinals. Regular-season champion Kennard-Dale (15-0, 11-0) is the No. 1 seed and takes on No. 4 seed West York (9-5, 8-3) at Susquehannock. In the other girls’ semifinal at Central York, No. 2 seed Susquehannock (13-1, 10-1) battles No. 3 seed York Catholic (10-3, 9-2). In their regular-season meetings, K-D beat West York, 17-7, and Susquehannock downed York Catholic, 6-4.

The boys’ semifinals are set for 7 p.m. Tuesday. League co-champion Susquehannock (11-2, 10-1), the No. 1 seed, faces No. 4 seed Dallastown (12-3, 8-3) at Central York. The other semifinal pits No. 2 seed and league co-champion West York (12-3, 10-1) vs. No. 3 seed Red Lion (12-2, 9-2) at Susquehannock. During the regular-season, Susquehannock beat Dallastown, 8-6, while West York beat Red Lion 10-9 in overtime.

Both the boys’ and girls’ finals are set for Thursday, May 7, at Susquehannock. The girls’ title match is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys’ championship match at 7 p.m.

OTHER GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Dallastown 16, Garden Spot 5: At Dallastown, the Wildcats rolled in the non-league contest behind big nights from Alyssa Layton (three goals, assist), Amber Dubois (three goals), Olivia Thomas (two goals, assist), Melissa Clapsaddle (two goals) and Lindsey Ellis (goal, assist). Mary Eckert had four saves to get the win in goal.

 


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