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Lindsey China

Lindsey China

York Catholic High School senior Lindsey China was recently named a school winner for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, which highlights exceptional high school seniors for achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community.

For 22 years, Wendy’s, in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy, has recognized more than 600,000 students and rewarded their commitment and achievements to athletics and community on a national level.

China was selected as a 2015 school winner based on her accomplishments at York Catholic, including: student council president, student ambassador, National Honor Society, mock trial lead attorney, French Club president, executive board member of ALPHA Peer Helpers, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), AMDG Youth Group and a member of 13 additional extra-curricular activities. She is a science fair winner, a graduate of Future Leaders of York and was chosen to represent York Catholic at the Hugh O’Bryan Youth Leadership Conference.

She is also captain of the York Catholic cross country and lacrosse teams and a member of the York Invaders club lacrosse team and York Crusaders indoor lacrosse club team. She received the U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic Award and was a team member of the 2015 U.S. Lacrosse Central Pennsylvania National Team. She was named an all-county lacrosse attacker the past two years and earned the Team Sharpshooter Award and the Team Cage Finder Award.


York Catholic’s Maura Palandro, right, is seen here in action from earlier this season vs. Susquehannock. York Catholic’s Amanda Tufano is at

York Catholic’s Maura Palandro, right, is seen here in action from earlier this season vs. Susquehannock. York Catholic’s Amanda Tufano is at left and Susquehannock’s Gena Speights is at center. Palandro will play NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse at Kennesaw State in Georgia. (DAWN J. SAGERT —

Kennesaw State University and Florida Institute of Technology might be a long way from York County.

But they felt like home to York Catholic’s Maura Palandro and Tommy Bowser. On Wednesday, the two lacrosse standouts for the Fighting Irish signed National Letters of Intent. Palandro will attend Kennesaw State in Georgia to play for the NCAA Division I program, while Bowser will play for the Division II program at Florida Tech.




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 —
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 —

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

High school lacrosse

York-Adams lacrosse

2015 All-league selections


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.


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


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


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


First Team: Shane Silk, Susquehannock

Second Team: John Marks Jr., Dallastown

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


Most Outstanding Player: Morgan Day, Kennard-Dale

Coach of the Year: Steve Marshner, Susquehannock


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


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


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

Second Team: Clare Boone, Kennard-Dale

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



WEST CHESTER — At the beginning of the year, the Kennard-Dale girls’ lacrosse team set a goal to make the state tournament.

Expectations, however, can change as a season progresses. When the Rams opened the season at 20-0, just a berth into the tournament would no longer suffice. The team had dreams of at least winning a game and trying to advance as far as possible.

Wednesday, K-D achieved its preseason goal by playing in the first round of the PIAA girls’ lacrosse playoffs, but it fell short on the altered expectations. The Rams lost to District 1 champion Great Valley, 17-7, at West Chester East High School, ending their season at 21-2.

“They took advantage of some height issues and speed,” K-D coach Kelly Wetzel said. “So, they took advantage of our weaknesses by far and that’s what good teams should do.”

On every level, the Rams seemed to be out-matched by the Patriots, and that’s hardly a knock on K-D. The height and speed differential between the two sides was noticeable, but so was the ability to control face-offs, win ground balls and limit turnovers. Great Valley controlled every facet of the game, especially defensively.

The Patriots swarmed to the ball on defense, giving the Rams little time to make decisions. That led to numerous errant passes and costly turnovers, allowing Great Valley to get into transition and use its speed to set up its offense. From there, the Patriots were patient, possessing the ball for great lengths, patiently waiting to find the best possible scoring chance and then capitalizing.

After opening up a 2-1 lead, Great Valley went on a 6-0 scoring run to break open the game with just under eight minutes remaining. The Patriots took a 10-2 advantage into halftime and then picked up where they left off to begin the second half.

Another 6-0 run over the course of eight minutes from the end of the first half and into the start of the second allowed the Patriots to open up a 12-goal cushion and cruise to the finish line.

But, to K-D’s credit, it continued to battle. A mini 3-0 spurt midway through the second half helped it get the score back under 10 to keep from having a running clock. Still playing with a sense of pride and passion for accomplishing their goal, the Rams outscored Great Valley 5-3 over the final 20 minutes, fueled by seniors Morgan Day and Lyndsey Duty, who accounted for all five goals.

“I thought they actually fought harder in the second half than then they did in the first half,” Wetzel said. “…There was more hustle in the second half than there was in the first half and I’m pleased with that. End on the best note possible.”

Day led all K-D scorers with four goals, the only player to score more than once. Maddie Day, Hannah Bracey and Duty each tallied a goal, with Duty adding the lone assist for the Rams. For Morgan Day, the four-goal night brings her national-record goal total to 469. She, Duty and a host of other seniors capped off stellar careers that consisted of two state tournament berths in the last three years, paving the way for greater things in the future.

“I think the most important thing in making it this far in these seasons is setting goals for the next crew to come in,” Duty said.

In goal, freshman Clare Boone finished her state-tournament debut with five saves.

For the Patriots, their balanced attack was at its best on the biggest stage. They had six different players score goals and four recorded hat tricks. Junior Linnea Hughes led all Great Valley players with four goals, followed by senior Megan Buettner, junior Kristen Knaff and sophomore Natalie Kahn with three each.

While the score line wasn’t favorable for K-D, the experience was. For the players who will return for the Rams next season, Wednesday night’s game was a chance to play a top-caliber opponent and gain valuable experience that will help them progress in the future.

“I think they saw how lacrosse is supposed to be played today,” Wetzel said. “Fast, on-the-move, move with a purpose, don’t waste it, control the ball. They had opportunities to drive and it wasn’t a guaranteed goal, so they decided to slow it up and then wait until they could run their offense, which is awesome and what I think every team should look to do, and all year long we tried to force things that weren’t there.”

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at



Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day reacts during the District 3 girls’ lacrosse third-place match against Susquehannock at Lower Dauphin Middle School

Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day reacts during the District 3 girls’ lacrosse third-place match against Susquehannock at Lower Dauphin Middle School on Thursday. Day scored six goals and set a national scoring record in the Rams’ 15-1 victory. (Dawn J. Sagert – )

HUMMELSTOWN — The moment could not have been more perfect for Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day.

The senior scored her 460th career goal, breaking the national girls’ lacrosse high school record, against York-Adams League rival Susquehannock on Thursday, in a win-or-go-home game. To top it off, it was her younger sister, Maddie, who made the pass.

“It wasn’t anything we planned out like that,” Morgan said. “But, knowing that it was my sibling, it was pretty cool to have it be a sister-to-sister type of deal.”

Day entered the evening tied for the national record at 459 goals with North Carolina’s Megan Shortt, who set the mark last season. Even though it was all but inevitable that she would break the mark, there was added pressure to her setting the record because each game from here on out could potentially be her last.

Thanks to her six-goal game on Thursday and another strong team effort by the Rams, they defeated the Warriors, 15-11, to earn a berth into the PIAA state tournament, while ending the season for their league rival.

“I just think it’s the simple fact that it’s fun to watch her play,” K-D coach Kelly Wetzel said about Day’s record. “She’s a great teammate. She’s just as happy giving assists as she is receiving them to get the opportunity to score. It’s been fun.”

Day’s record-breaking goal came with 14 minutes, 14 seconds remaining in the first half and provided the Rams with a 5-1 lead. It was a lead that K-D never relinquished. The Rams (21-1) cruised back into the state tournament after a one-year absence in 2014. For Day, who’s always spoken about how the record takes a backseat to the ultimate team goal of advancing as far as possible, the win made it even sweeter.

“Today was a huge win for us,” she said. “Not only because it’s the game that gets us back to states, but because it was against Susky, who’s absolutely a huge rival for us. Third time we played them this season and it was, like always, an intense game. It’s a great feeling knowing we’re back in states again.”

Even after setting the record, Day didn’t waste any time distancing herself from second place. She would score five of her team’s next 10 goals to help the Rams open up a six-goal advantage with just more than five minutes remaining. It would be the third time in three meetings that the Rams defeated Susquehannock (18-4) this season — not an easy task, especially against a good team.

“It’s very, very tough,” Wetzel said. “There’s no secrets. We knew what they were going to do and do our best to stop it and move on from there.”

Along with Day’s big day, in which she also added an assist, K-D got a five-goal game from sophomore Emmie Dressel, a three-goal performance from freshman Maddie Day and one goal from junior Hannah Bracey. In goal, freshman Clare Boone finished with eight saves.

Valway shines for Warriors: For the Warriors, senior Ashley Valway capped off her strong career with a five-goal night, including a run of four straight goals for Susquehannock. Sophomore Gena Speights had two goals, while junior Maddie Ellis and sophomores Kate LeBlanc, Rachel Marshner and Kayla Held each had one goal. Senior Amber Orner finished her career with an eight-save effort in goal.

Coming on the heels of their first loss of the season to Manheim Township on Tuesday, the Rams had no trouble bouncing back to earn their state berth. K-D jumped out to an 8-3 halftime lead and led by as many as seven goals on a couple occasions.

“I think they knew where they wanted to go,” Wetzel said. “No matter how far we can get to, this is a road. They knew they were better (than Susquehannock). They felt they were better.”

The Rams will now face the District 1 champion (Great Valley or Harriton) in a first-round state contest on Wednesday.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at


Susquehannock’s Morgan LeBlanc is hit by Hempfield’s Sophie Spangler as she attempts a shot on goal in the first half of the District 3

Susquehannock’s Morgan LeBlanc is hit by Hempfield’s Sophie Spangler as she attempts a shot on goal in the first half of the District 3 girls’ lacrosse semifinals at Hershey High School on Tuesday. Hempfield won the match, 16-12. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —
HERSHEY — For Susquehannock girls’ lacrosse coach Steve Marshner, the answer was simple when asked why his team lost to Hempfield in Tuesday’s District 3 semifinal — one team came to play right from the start and one didn’t.

The second-seeded Warriors trailed for 49 minutes, 48 seconds of Tuesday’s 16-12 loss to the Black Knights.

The defeat sends Susquehannock into Thursday’s consolation game, with a berth to the state tournament still on the line. The Warriors will face a familiar foe — Kennard-Dale. The top-seeded Rams lost their semifinal contest on Tuesday to Manheim Township, 16-9. The third-place match will take place at 5 p.m. at Lower Dauphin Middle School. Susquehannock has already lost to K-D twice this season.

Hempfield took little time to establish its fast-paced, high-scoring style of play. Actually, 12 seconds, to be exact.

Right from the opening faceoff, sophomore Sammy Helgeson took the draw and raced down the field, beating Warriors’ goalie Amber Orner to open the scoring 12 seconds into the game. That set the tone. The Black Knights scored five of the game’s first six goals in the opening 5:08, forcing Marshner to take a timeout and assess the damage.

“They came out to play and we were a little nervous, or whatever,” he said. “We just didn’t come out at the same level that they came out. We just didn’t match intensity at all at the beginning.”

The timeout helped settle down Susquehannock, allowing it a chance to work its way back into the game. But, no matter what it did the rest of the game, nothing could completely erase the rough beginning. That slow start was the major difference in an otherwise close contest.

The two sides each scored 11 goals following the timeout, but the Warriors could never get any closer than within two goals. Any form of momentum Susquehannock garnered was quickly erased by Hempfield.

A perfect example of that came right before halftime, when Ashley Valway scored twice for the Warriors to pull them to within 11-8 going into the break. But, rather than taking that momentum and using it to continue chipping away at the deficit, it was the Black Knights who came out fast to begin the final half, scoring three of the first four goals.

“It just didn’t work out the way we drew it up at halftime,” Marshner said. “But, good teams do that to you.”

It was really three girls that beat Susquehannock. Helgeson finished with six goals and one assist, while Taylor Nolan and Lindsay Vannucci added four apiece. In goal, Sarah Wood made a game-high 10 saves for Hempfield.

For the Warriors, Valway matched Helgeson’s performance with a six-goal, one-assist effort. Gena Speights added three goals and an assist for Susquehannock, while Kate LeBlanc, Morgan LeBlanc and Maddie Ellis each scored once. In goal, Orner made seven stops.

The Warriors will take on either No. 1 Kennard-Dale or No. 5 Manheim Township in Thursday’s consolation game. The Black Knights, meanwhile, made it to the District 3 championship game for the first time ever.

“We’ve been here and danced here before and never made it,” Black Knights coach Liz Erb said. “We’ve been on this field and not made it to the next one, so it’s so exciting for these girls to see all the hard work that they’ve been putting into their season come to fruition in that final game.”

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at
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Hannah Wertz of Manheim Township, left, and Morgan Day of Kennard-Dale battle for the ball during a District 3 semifinal lacrosse game at Hershey High

Hannah Wertz of Manheim Township, left, and Morgan Day of Kennard-Dale battle for the ball during a District 3 semifinal lacrosse game at Hershey High School on Tuesday. Manheim Township won the match, 16-9. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

HERSHEY — Poised to be the first team to knock off Manheim Township in the seven years of the District 3 Tournament, Kennard-Dale couldn’t have scripted a better start.

The top-seeded Rams jumped out to a 4-1 lead through the first 10 minutes, 27 seconds, forcing Blue Streaks coach Mark Pinkerton to call a timeout.

Then, in what seemed like the blink of an eye, the lead, the momentum and any shot of winning was gone.

Manheim Township scored six unanswered goals, five on a man-up situation, and cruised to a 16-9 win to advance to Thursday’s championship game against Hempfield. The Rams (19-1) will face No. 2 seed Susquehannock (18-3) in the third-place game with a state berth on the line.

“We knew (Emily) McBride coming in was lights-out quick,” K-D coach Kelly Wetzel said. “There’s a reason she’s a Division I commit. She’s a fabulous player and she got the ball and went and we just didn’t play great defense on her.”

McBride, who will play at the University of Virginia next season, pulled her team out of the hole it dug for itself and led it to the win. She led all players with six goals, while chipping in two assists. Two of her goals and one of her assists came during the 6-0 Blue Streaks’ run, while she also continuously won draw controls for her team to keep possession and the pressure on the Rams’ defense.

Manheim Township scored 10 of the final 12 goals of the first half and took an 11-6 lead into the break. And when the two sides came out for the second half, there was no comeback magic for K-D. Instead, the Blue Streaks pushed their lead to 15-7, thanks to scoring four of the first five goals of the second half.

Any glimmers of hope that the Rams had, they squandered, including a man-up advantage with McBride in the penalty area and two free positions that were stopped by goalie Mimi Curtis.

“They know what to do,” Wetzel said about his team’s failure to execute. “They just didn’t do it. They didn’t execute what we do on our man-up plays. They didn’t even come close to doing it. I think they got rattled and that took them out of their own game.”

Aside from McBride’s eight-point night, a number of other Manheim Township players had strong games on the offensive end. Elizabeth Petrosky scored three goals, while Maryn Bernhardt, Sarah Svetec and Hannah Wertz each had two-goal games. Curtis finished the game with eight saves.

For K-D, Morgan Day led the way with three goals, while Morgan Bowings and Emmie Dressel each had two. Lyndsey Duty had one goal and three assists and Hannah Bracey scored once to go along with two assists. Freshman goalie Clare Boone finished with 17 saves.

Day ties record: If there was any silver lining in the Rams’ first defeat of the season, it came with 15 seconds left in the game, when Day scored her third goal of the game. While it didn’t have much importance in the outcome of the game, it was her 459th career high school goal, tying her with the national record.

With K-D guaranteed at least one more game Thursday, she’ll have a chance to break the national record against the Warriors, a team that’s already seen Day twice this season. K-D won both previous meetings.

“She’s not that flashy kid that wows you with the height or the speed or the physicality,” Pinkerton said about Day. “She’s just a really smart player. … You don’t find a lot of really good shooters in high school girls’ lacrosse, to be quite honest, and I think she’s just a kid that sees net and puts it in a good spot, so she finishes.”

The goal now for the Rams is to regroup. They still have a shot to qualify for the state tournament. Thursday’s consolation game at Lower Dauphin Middle School is set for 5 p.m.

“You got two teams that are disappointed and two teams that know each other very well,” Wetzel said about Thursday’s match-up. “So, we’ll see what happens.”

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at


Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day is just four goals away from breaking the national girls’ lacrosse scoring record.

Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day is just four goals away from breaking the national girls’ lacrosse scoring record. (DAWN J. SAGERT —

There are a number of teams within the District 3 girls’ lacrosse landscape that would like to think they are among the area’s top high school programs.

But, until another team proves otherwise, the class of District 3 is still Manheim Township. This is the seventh year of the District 3 girls’ lacrosse tournament, and in the previous six years, the Blue Streaks are a perfect 6-for-6 in titles. Now, they’re back in the semifinals in their quest for No. 7.

But, standing in Manheim Township’s way and poised to make a name for itself within the district is Kennard-Dale, this year’s top overall seed and a squad that is all too familiar with the Blue Streaks. The Rams had their last two District 3 title runs halted by Manheim Township in 2013 and 2014.

Last season, the two sides met in the semifinals and it was the Blue Streaks that came away with a 16-11 victory. In 2013, they met a round later in the championship game and, again, it was Manheim Township pulling out the 14-10 win.

“I think they’ve had more success, not that they’re trying to run-and-gun, but they make the most of their possessions,” K-D coach Kelly Wetzel said. “And I think that’s what any team that plays them has to do. You only get so many touches on the ball and you can’t afford to throw the thing away.”

On paper, it looks like the advantage should go to K-D. It enters as the No. 1 seed and a perfect 20-0 on the season. In contrast, the Blue Streaks go into Tuesday’s semifinal sitting at 15-5 and seeded fifth. But, rankings can be deceiving.

Manheim Township won the championship seeded anywhere from the No. 1 seed (2010-12) to as low as the No. 7 seed in 2013, when it defeated the Rams, who were that year’s top team. At some point, something has to give for the Rams.

This is now the third consecutive year the two teams will meet, but that’s hardly a valid reason to expect that this year’s result will mirror those of the previous two seasons.

While, the teams are hardly replicas of last year’s squads, let alone two years ago, there are still a few things that K-D is taking from those previous encounters to prepare for Tuesday’s meeting.

“They’re fast and they’re athletic,” Wetzel said. “They understand the game of lacrosse. They’re not just athletes, but they’re athletes that play lacrosse, which is different than regular lacrosse players. They have a lot of the skills that most teams are looking for.”

Day nears record: While history between the two programs may not be on the Rams’ side, one advantage they do possess is having, perhaps, the best player on the field in Morgan Day.

The senior is the catalyst to a K-D attack that has a handful of girls who have scored more than 20 goals this season. Opponents have tried different methods of defending Day, including face-guarding her to try to take her out of the game. That has held Day to some scoreless first-half performances, but the Rams’ attack picked up the slack on those occasions and made it difficult for the opposition to stick to that tactic for an entire game.

“I think the one thing that sets Morgan apart is she understands the game of lacrosse,” Wetzel said. “She understands that if the ball is on the left, then ‘where do I have to be to get the most out of it?’ She understands the space of awareness — on-ball and off-ball — she gets those type of concepts.”

For the past month, each game that K-D has played came with a subplot to the game’s actual outcome.

Day has been on a quest to become the nation’s all-time leading scorer in high school girls’ lacrosse, sitting just three goals behind tying the record of 459, set by Megan Shortt of North Carolina in 2014.

“I have no idea, when I’m on the field, what is happening with (the record),” Day said following last Thursday’s win over York Catholic in the quarterfinal. “I have no idea how many goals I have because, when I’m on the field, I’m not focused about that. I’d rather have my team win and progress in districts than ever achieve that goal. I want the most for our team and want us to succeed over scoring that goal.”

There will be a lot of implications come Tuesday evening, both on a local and national level. But, if the national-level goal can come true, then so too might the local-level one for the Rams.

“Winning in York County is one thing,” Wetzel said. “Winning in the mid-state is another and then winning at the state level, going up against the Philly and Pittsburgh teams, is an entirely different thing. … We’re sitting here with the perfect record, but we haven’t played some of the caliber of talent that (Manheim Township) has. So everyone has to go out and play their game. We know that if we do the best we can, that’s all we can walk away with. Maybe we walk away with a win, maybe we don’t, but at the end of the day, if we play our game, we have as good a shot as anybody.”

Tuesday’s game is set for 7 p.m. at Hershey High School. Susquehannock takes on. Hempfield in the other semifinal at 5 p.m. at the same location.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at


When the final horn sounded, the smiles on Susquehannock High School’s sideline told the story — but not before the Lady Warriors took time for a huge sigh of relief.

Although it never trailed, No. 2 seed Susquehannock couldn’t shake No. 7 Cumberland Valley and had to hold on for a thrilling 11-10 victory Thursday in District 3 girls’ lacrosse quarterfinal action at Central York High School. The victory sends the Lady Warriors (18-2) into Tuesday’s semifinal against No. 3 Hempfield, a 14-12 winner over No. 6 Exeter on Thursday. The semifinal is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday at Hershey High School. Hempfield is 17-3.

“I am so pleased,” Warriors’ coach Steve Marshner said. “We’ve been fighting adversity with all the injuries (two starters were out against CV) and we could have folded at any time because they put a lot of pressure on us. I like any win, but this one is really special because this is the first time the girls’ program has ever gone to the final four.”

Quarterbacking the Warriors was senior Ashley Valway, who had three goals and four assists, including a beautiful assist on the game-winning goal by Rachel Marshner with 3:25 remaining.

“We’ve never made it this far,” Valway said. “Last year, we got destroyed by Manheim Township in the second round, so this was really a big accomplishment. We were just trying to hold on to the ball at the end because we figured if they don’t have it they can’t score.”

The contest looked like a rout early on, when the Lady Warriors jumped out to a 5-1 advantage just 8:55 into the first half.

Later in the opening 25 minutes, that lead would be 7-3 after sophomore Gena Speights scored her third goal in a span of six minutes.

From there, however, play tightened considerably. CV, the Mid-Penn Conference champion, scored the last two goals of the first half to make it 7-5 at intermission. Then, in the second half, the scoring sequence was as follows: 7-6, 8-6, 8-7, 9-7, 9-8, 10-8, 10-9, 11-9 and 11-10.

Katie Bialas’ free-position shot with 1:15 remaining made it 11-10, but Susquehannock was able to play keepaway in the final 75 seconds. Marshner’s goal at 3:25 was key, because CV was swarming at that point. The Eagles (16-5) actually outshot Susquehannock 23-19.

“We will sometimes use Rachel as a midfielder (she’s normally a defender), but she’s been sick, so we decided to keep her on defense the entire time,” Steve Marshner said, “but when the clear happened, we called a play where she goes forward, and the one time she was up there, she took advantage of it and made it work. Plus, Ashley made a fantastic feed on that one.”

For CV coach Lilli Kane, the slow start was pivotal.

“I think if we would have started out with the intensity we had in the second half, we would have been OK,” Kane said. “But I’m pleased with our effort, our girls didn’t give up and we almost pulled it out.”

In addition to Valway, Speights and Marshner, other goal scorers for Susquehannock were Morgan LeBlanc, Katie LeBlanc, Maddie Ellis and Kayla Held. Goalie Amber Orner had nine saves for the Lady Warriors.

“To CV’s credit, they were really forcing us to do things outside of our offense, especially in the second half, but we scored enough to get it done,” Coach Marshner said.

— Reach George Hammond at


Kennard-Dale’s Lyndsey Duty shoots and scores the Rams’ fourth goal on Thursday against York Catholic. Duty had three goals and three assists

Kennard-Dale’s Lyndsey Duty shoots and scores the Rams’ fourth goal on Thursday against York Catholic. Duty had three goals and three assists in K-D’s 16-12 win. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)
York Catholic’s Maura Polandro, left, and Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Bowings tangle during a fight for the ball on Thursday. Kennard-Dale won the

York Catholic’s Maura Polandro, left, and Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Bowings tangle during a fight for the ball on Thursday. Kennard-Dale won the District 3 quarterfinal contest, 16-12. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

GLEN ROCK — Kennard-Dale girls’ lacrosse coach Kelly Wetzel knew York Catholic would make a run at some point.

He just had to make sure his team was ready for it.

The moment finally came after the Rams jumped out to a 7-1 lead and forced Irish head coach Rob Linthicum to call a timeout. Out of the break, York Catholic scored the game’s next four goals to suddenly make it a game. But, it wold never get closer than two goals the rest of the way. K-D weathered the Irish’s best shots and kept pushing forward, dispatching its York-Adams League rivals in the quarterfinals of the District 3 tournament, 16-12, ending the Irish season at 11-5.

“They know lacrosse is a game of runs,” Wetzel said. “You just have to sustain it. (York Catholic) called a timeout, we knew they were going to come out fired up, but you just have to sustain and keep doing what you’re doing.”

The Rams, who entered the District 3 tournament as the No. 1 seed, will take on No. 5 Manheim Township at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals at Hershey High School. Manheim Township beat No. 4 seed Lancaster Country Day on Thursday, 12-7. Manheim Township has won every District 3 girls’ lacrosse title since the tournament started in 2009.

Fast start: Kennard-Dale (19-0) never trailed, opening the scoring 3 1/2 minutes into the contest. The Rams didn’t give the Irish much chance early on. Historically, the two foes play each other tough, so when the Rams opened up the 7-1 lead in the first half, it came as a bit of a surprise.

Even with the late-half surge, the Irish trailed 9-6 at halftime and then found all their hard work at the end of the first half basically erased early in the second half when K-D scored three of the half’s first four goals. At that point, with the game well in hand, the Rams were more focused on chewing up clock than running up the score. York Catholic’s frustration started to mount and it found itself down two girls at once for unsportsmanlike penalties.

Boone shines for K-D: If the steady flow of goals coming from the sticks of the K-D attack was causing headaches on defense for the Irish, then goalie Clare Boone was just as troublesome as the other end.

Despite giving up 12 goals, it was the freshman’s play in the cage that helped the Rams jump out to the early lead and then sustain it throughout.

“She’s done an enormous job all year,” Wetzel said about Boone. “There are times the defense has done a lot for her, pushing the shooters into weak shots, but there have been a lot of times when she’s had some point-blank ones and one-on-ones and she’s done a tremendous job.”

Boone made 18 saves, including stopping the first five shots she faced. While Wetzel wasn’t afraid to talk up his goalie’s performance, she was quick to point out that her job is made much easier thanks to a strong supporting cast.

“I know that, if I mess up, then they’ll have my back and vice-versa,” Boone said. “(My team) always counts on me to make saves when they put them on the eight-yard circle and I count on them to keep (the opposition) out. We just work great together.”

Strong attack: At the other end of the field, the high-scoring K-D attack was at it again. Led by seniors Morgan Day and Lyndsey Duty, the Rams picked apart the York Catholic defense.

“When people get rattled, they look for some of our senior leadership,” Wetzel said about Day and Duty. “And they’re there. You throw them a bad pass, chances are, you know they’re going to get it. They’re going to be in the right place when you need it.”

Together, the tandem combined to score 10 goals. They were two of five K-D players to record at least two goals, accompanied by junior Hannah Bracey, sophomore Emmie Dressel and freshman Maddie Day, who each scored twice. The Rams have always been a program that possesses a lot of depth and balance, but what’s helped this year’s club maintain its undefeated mark is the closeness the girls have off the field.

“We work together well on and off the field,” Morgan Day said. “So, when you have a close team, I think it definitely benefits on the field.”

For the Irish, they got four goals from Lisa Casagrande, while Lindsey China, Shannon Moore and Amanada Tufano added two each. Anna Linthicum and Sarah Mazzur each scored once. In goal, Domenica Shellenberger finished with nine saves.

Day closing in on record: For the last few weeks, with every goal the senior Day scores, she’s been moving her way closer and closer to the national high school scoring record of 459.

With her seven-goal effort against York Catholic, she now sits only three goals from tying the mark and four from holding the top spot all to herself. However, even with the individual accomplishment of being the all-time leading scorer in the nation hanging in the balance in K-D’s next game, she’s still managing to put the team’s goals first and trying not to focus on that 460th tally.

“I have no idea, when I’m on the field, what is happening with (the record),” Day said. “I have no idea how many goals I have because, when I’m on the field, I’m not focused about that. I’d rather have my team win and progress in districts than ever achieve that goal. I want the most for our team and want us to succeed over scoring that goal.”

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at


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