By JOHN WALK 505-5406 / @yorksportsguy
A part of Tuesday afternoon’s outcome was Kennard-Dale wanting to avenge a 22-14 loss at West York from two weeks ago.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, hadn’t completely forgotten about last Thursday, when Central York scored five goals in the final minutes to beat West York, 13-12, in the York-Adams League Boys’ Lacrosse Tournament championship game.
Those two factors played key roles in Tuesday’s District 3 Tournament first-round match.
The No. 12-seed Rams came out hot and never let up, leading to an upset over No. 5-seed West York, 13-10.
“When you work so hard all year and one of the goals is counties, you’re gonna have some (negative) carryover,” West York head coach Rodney Tamblin said of last Thursday’s difficult loss to Central.
Tamblin also said it hurt the Bulldogs (17-3) being without defender Steven Wilson, who was ejected from last Thursday’s game, and midfielder Austin Groff, who suffered an injury against the Panthers. When a player is ejected from a game, he must also sit out the following game.
“We didn’t know for sure coming in (if Wilson or Groff would play) but when we got here we figured it out,” Rams’ junior attack David Wallace said. “You can’t really come in thinking ‘Oh, they don’t have their two defenders anymore, we’re gonna win.’ We played as hard as we could.”
Wallace led Kennard-Dale (14-5) with a game-high five goals to go along with an assist. It marked the Rams’ first win over West York in program history.
Kennard-Dale advances to face No. 4 Hershey (18-2) in the district quarterfinals on Thursday at Lower Dauphin Middle School at 7 p.m. Hershey defeated No. 13 Hempfield, 12-11, in overtime on Tuesday.
The Rams led West York, 8-5, at intermission and 13-8 going into the fourth quarter. Their largest lead grew to 13-7 with just more than four minutes left in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs scored two goals in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter but were held scoreless the rest of the way, mainly by Kennard-Dale playing keep-away and Rams’ junior goalie Ethan White making two big stops in the final minutes.
White, who is 6-feet, 4-inches tall, made seven saves in his first start back in goal after missing the last 13 games because of a broken right thumb.
“I was very nervous but I’m happy I could come back and help,” White said. “I was nervous because I haven’t been in goal for awhile but I’ve been practicing all week.”
Noah Ash had been handling goalkeeper duties during White’s absence.
“With White back in goal, we were able to put Ash in his normal defender position, which helped our defense tremendously,” Kennard-Dale coach Tom Nelson said.
James Barlow (three goals) and Jesse Schonbrunner (two goals, two assists) also paced the Rams’ offense. The Bulldogs were led by Seth Clauser (three goals, three assists), Devyn Roehm (two goals) and Hunter Betz (two goals, three assists). Goalies Jordan Lombardo (seven saves) and Cole Rinehart (five saves) combined for 12 stops for West York.
OTHER BOYS’ LACROSSE
EXETER 17, DALLAS TOWN 7: At Exeter, the Wildcats’ season ended with a first-round District 3 loss. Tanner Ierley and Kyle Andrews each had two goals and an assist for No. 11 seed Dallastown (13-6), while Jacob Mitchell added two goals. Derek Stump poured in seven goals for No. 6 seed Exeter (17-4), while Bryan Crim added three goals and two assists and Darion Einsig chipped in four goals.
PENN MANOR 13, CEN TRAL YORK 9: At Central, Max Haldeman had big game, collecting five goals and two assists, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the York-Adams League Tournament champions from falling in the opening round of the District 3 Tournament. Collin George added two goals and two assists for the No. 7 seed Panthers, who finished 16-3 on the season. No. 10-seeded Penn Manor improved to 15-5. Brady Charles had five goals and an assist for the Comets.
KENNARD-DALE 24, CENTRAL DAUPHIN EAST 7: At Fawn Grove, the Rams led 14-4 at the half and went on to capture the District 3 Tournament first-round victory. Morgan Day led the Rams with 10 goals and one assist. Nicole Black collected five goals and six assists for the winners, while Lyndsey Duty and Taylor Davis each scored four goals and added two assists. Haley Romoser had one goal and one assist. No. 1 seed Kennard-Dale (20-1) moves on to the quarterfinals and will face No. 9 seed Exeter (17-4) in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Thursday at Penn Manor. Exeter beat No. 8 seed Lower Dauphin on Tuesday, 21-11. The Rams will look to make program history by advancing past the second round of the district tournament for the first time ever.
SOUTH WESTERN 13, WEST YORK 7: At Hanover, the Bulldogs’ season came to an end with a District 3 first-round loss. Sara Sweitzer (four goals, assist) and Allee Ilgenfritz (two goals) paced the 14th-seeded Bulldogs, who finished 11-6. No. 3 seed South Western (17-2) got big nights from Callie Kavanaugh (four goals, assist), Alyx May (three goals), Sydney Szparaga (two goals, assist), Lauren Schmidt (two goals), Emily Brown (goal, assist), Braxton Reddinger (goal, assist) and Jessica Kopenhaver (two assists). Laura Silver made nine saves in goal to get the win. In Thursday’s quarterfinals, South Western will face No. 6 seed Penn Manor (16-5) at Central York at 6 p.m. Penn Manor beat No. 11 seed Gov. Mifflin on Tuesday, 13-10.
MANHEIM TWP. 19, YORK CATHOLIC 13: At Lancaster, the 10th-seeded Lady Irish (14-5) saw their season come to a close with a District 3 first-round loss to No. 7 seed Manheim Township (17-4). Shannon Moore and Alexis China each had three goals for York Catholic. Maura Palandro and Lindsay Givens each added two goals for the Irish, while Megan Bittner had two assists. Abby Figge made six saves for York Catholic. Molly Hendrick paced Manheim Twp. with eight goals and an assist.
– Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.