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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.

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.

 

By PATRICK STROHECKER
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Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day, right, leaps for the ball on a faceoff recently against York Catholic’s Lisa Casagrande. Day is now the all-time

Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day, right, leaps for the ball on a faceoff recently against York Catholic’s Lisa Casagrande. Day is now the all-time leading goal scorer in PIAA girls’ lacrosse. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

As Morgan Day received the back-door pass from Lyndsey Duty, she had a clear path to the net and easily beat the New Oxford goalie for Kennard-Dale’s 18th goal of the game on Tuesday afternoon.

In the eventual 24-11 victory, it was just another score that put the K-D girls’ lacrosse team further ahead of the Colonials. But for Day, it held a much larger meaning. It was perhaps the biggest goal she’s ever scored.

It was her ninth goal of the game and moved her past Katie O’Donnell’s mark of 430, setting the new girls’ lacrosse PIAA state goal record with 431. O’Donnell played at West Chester Henderson.

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“It definitely feels good to hold that title,” Day said. “Especially coming off a great season. We had an undefeated season and having the great teammates that I do and being able to share this experience with them. It was especially awesome to score it on my senior night because that made it a little bit more special.”

In total, Day finished with 10 goals and three assists, helping the Rams complete a perfect regular season at 15-0 overall and 11-0 in the York-Adams League. They are No. 1 in the latest District 3 power ratings.

With the 10-goal performance on Tuesday, Day jumped from sixth to fourth in the national scoring rankings with 432 career goals. She sits six goals behind Virgina’s Corinne Wessels (2011-14) for third all-time at 438, 11 goals behind New York’s Shari Masun (1999-2002) for second at 443 and 27 behind the nation’s all-time leading goal scorer, North Carolina’s Megan Shortt (2011-14) at 459.

“It’s wishful thinking, but I would love to be able to get those goals,” Day said on breaking the national record. “But, we have tough games coming up with county playoffs and districts, but, my team’s really behind me on this. They’re more supportive than I could have ever asked for. They want to see me do well and want to help me out with this stuff and I definitely think if they’re on board and our coaches are on board and everyone’s on board then it could happen.”

After being held to only three goals in last Tuesday’s Y-A showdown at York Catholic, Day went on a goal-scoring tear over the past week to eclipse the state record. She followed up her three-goal game against the Irish with an eight-goal effort last Thursday against Eastern York. For an encore, Day torched Conestoga Valley for 10 goals the next day. She then got seven vs. Cumberland Valley on Monday. And then added 10 on Tuesday vs. New Oxford.

“Every single person on my team, if it wasn’t for them, it wouldn’t have happened today the way it did,” Day said. “…It was a whole team effort and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Day’s teammates definitely helped out in the win, with seven other K-D players scoring at least one goal. Duty finished with three goals and six assists, Emmie Dressel had two goals and four assists and Day’s younger sister, Maddie, netted two goals of her own.

Braxtin Reddinger had four goals and two assists for the Colonials, while Katie Wildenstein added three.

The defeat dropped New Oxford to 7-7 overall and 4-7 in Y-A play.

Moving forward, the road to Day breaking the national record won’t be easy. The Rams are guaranteed two more games, first in the Y-A playoffs and then a game in districts. After that, nothing is certain, needing first-round wins in each of those stages to continue furthering their season.

“Different teams are going to do different things to stop her,” K-D coach Kelly Wetzel said. “And then they’ll realize that we’re not just a one-person team. So, we’ll see. It’s going to be tough.”

OTHER GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Eastern York 14, Spring Grove 10: At Wrightsville, Rylie Toomey (four goals), Bri Pfeiffer (four goals) and Rachel Deppen (three goals, assist) powered the Golden Knights. Jordyn Miller and Lauren Grove each had four goals for Spring Grove. Tristyn Keller had eight saves to get the win in goal.

South Western 10, Red Lion 2: At Red Lion, the visitors rolled behind Lauren Schmidt (five goals, assist), Erin Brown (three goals) and Laura Silver (11 saves). Larissa Herbert had 10 saves for Red Lion.

York Catholic 22, Central York 6: At Central York, a dominant first half paced the Irish to a convincing victory. The visitors opened up an 18-4 lead after the first 25 minutes. Lindsey China led the offensive onslaught for York Catholic, scoring six goals and adding three assists. Shannon Moore dished out nine assists to go with three goals for the Irish. For Central, Addison Billings had four goals, while Alexa Glatfelter scored the other two.

Susquehannock 21, Dallastown 2: At Dallastown, a big offensive day by Ashley Valway helped the Warriors take down the Wildcats. She finished with six goals and three assists, both game highs, while Kate Leblanc added five goals. For Dallastown, Amber Dubois and Alyssa Layton each scored once, while Sam Smith tallied an assist.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Kennard-Dale 19, Cumberland Valley 9: In a meeting of two of the top girls’ lacrosse programs in District 3, Kennard-Dale rolled to a non-league victory. The Rams improved to 14-0, while CV fell to 11-3. K-D entered at No. 1 in the latest District 3 power ratings, while CV was No. 4. Morgan Day had seven goals to power the Rams, while Emmie Dressel (three goals, three assists), Lyndsey Duty (goal, six assists), Morgan Bowings (two goals, two assists) and Maddie Day (three goals) also excelled for K-D. Morgan Day now has 422 career goals and is closing in on the all-time PIAA state record of 430 set by West Chester Henderson’s Katie O’Donnell in 2014.

West York 16, York Suburban 4: At West York, Kelley Dietz (five goals), Lakyn Brenneman (three goals, two assists), Ally Williams (four goals) and Sami Gentzler (three goals) powered West York. Tori Gross made seven saves to get the win in goal.

New Oxford 20, Central 8: At New Oxford, Braxtin Reddinger led the Colonials by scoring a game-high eight goals. For the Panthers, Addison Billings scored six goals, while Alexa Glatfelter scored one goal and added one assist.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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Red Lion’s Nick Shima gains possession with Susquehannock’s Tucker Devilbiss (11) in pursuit during lacrosse action at Red Lion on Thursday.

Red Lion’s Nick Shima gains possession with Susquehannock’s Tucker Devilbiss (11) in pursuit during lacrosse action at Red Lion on Thursday. Red Lion handed Susquehannock its first York-Adams League loss of the season, 17-8. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

RED LION — On paper, Thursday night’s match with Susquehannock was just another game on the regular-season schedule for the Red Lion boys’ lacrosse team.

In reality, however, that would be underestimating its importance just a tad.

The truth was, the game was a huge deal for a Lions outfit seeking to extend its season into the York-Adams League and District 3 playoffs.

The significance of the contest (a win would clinch a berth in the four-team York-Adams League playoffs), combined with the added importance of Senior Night, made for a very memorable evening for the home side.

Especially those seniors.

After falling behind by a couple of goals early, Red Lion rallied back with a five-goal run that seized momentum. The Lions refused to give it back, cruising to an impressive 17-8 triumph over the Warriors.

Susquehannock (9-2 overall and 9-1 league) suffered its first league loss of the season. The Lions (11-2, 8-2), meanwhile, clinched that coveted league playoff berth.

The joy of knocking off the top team in the 12-team league was especially meaningful to seniors such as Tanner Reif, who missed some games early in the season. Losses earlier in the season to Dallastown and West York forced the Lions into catch-up mode and they’ve responded.

“We had a rough start to the season,” said Reif, who finished with two goals and three assists. “But we’ve all played together and picked it up. We never quit.”

That was also the case in the early going, when the Warriors raced out to a 2-0 lead just a few minutes into action. But it was junior Jac Gemmill (two goals, two assists) that sparked a 5-0 blitz by the home side that got the Lion fans and players alike pumped up.

While Gemmill started the blitz, it was ultimately sophomore Sam Emig who proved to be the big difference maker on Senior Night. The Lion attacker shredded the Warrior defense for six goals, including a trio in the third quarter, when the Lions all but put the game away.

Emig’s six tallies pushed his season mark to 54.

“Sam is a heck of a player,” Reif said. “He means everything to us. He’s the third man on the attack and it’s great to have a young guy come up the ranks and perform.”

Another youngster on the Red Lion side is goalie Nick Serrano. Just a freshman, Serrano (10 saves) came up with some big stops.

“Our goalie played fantastic tonight,” Red Lion coach Stefan Striffler said. “He gave up those two goals early but he definitely helped out a lot.”

Striffler, who noted that his team had some injury woes earlier in the season, feels that his team’s confidence level has grown along with its health.

“When we get on a roll, we’re tough to stop,” he said. “And tonight we were on a serious roll and we can just pump them in.”

The setback marked the second loss in a week for the Warriors, who have a huge contest against Dallastown next Tuesday. Susquehannock coach Russ LeBlanc was not pleased with his team’s defense at all Thursday. The 17 goals allowed were the most his team allowed all season.

“Tonight really came down to our team defense,” LeBlanc said. “We had multiple breakdowns. I didn’t think that we made the plays that we needed to make tonight.”

Jack Allred led the Warriors with three goals while teammate Aiden Kirkendall chipped in two goals. Goalie Shane Silk, who faced 35 shots on the night, recorded 17 saves.

OTHER BOYS’ LACROSSE

West York 19, Spring Grove 11: At West York, Hunter Betz and Devyn Roehm each had four goals and two assists to lead the Bulldogs. Seth Wise added four goals and one assist, while Tanner Brannon collected two goals and two assists and Nick Cintron chipped in two goals and an assist. Bryce Kephart led the Rockets with three goals and an assist. Dylan Griffiths and Tanner Bolton each added three Spring Grove scores. Cole Rinehart made seven saves to get the win in goal. Landon Ballou had eight saves for the Rockets.

Eastern 17, Kennard-Dale 1: At Wrightsville, Dom Particelli and Conrad Rhein led the Golden Knights by each scoring three goals and adding five assists. Also for Eastern, Brian Lehman had four goals and one assist, Tate Adamson had two goals and one assist and Nate Smith and Jimmy Kurnik each scored one goal and added one assist.

Central York 14, New Oxford 6: At Central York, the Panthers got four goals from Connor Hoch to cruise past the Colonials. Katon Yantek added a pair of goals and a pair of assists to the victorious cause. New Oxford’s John Wilson scored three goals and added an assist.

York Suburban 10, Dallastown 9 (overtime): At Dallastown, Collin Mailman led the Trojans by scoring three goals and adding one assist. Also for Suburban, Joseph Sadock scored three goals, while Michael Sipes scored two goals and had one assist. For the Wildcats, Cade Gold scored three goals, Braven Morris scored two goals and Brian Prats had one goal and one assist. Suburban improved to 6-3 in the league and 8-4 overall, while Dallastown fell to 8-2 and 11-2.

York Catholic 14, South Western 9: At Hanover, Stevie Brenneman led the Irish by scoring four goals. Also for the Irish, Jacob Norton had three goals and two assists, Tommy Bowser had two goals and two assists, Tanner Yanick had four assists and Eddie Smith had two goals and one assist. For the Mustangs, Anthony DeVincent had five goals and one assist.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Kennard-Dale 24, Eastern York 5: At Fawn Grove, Morgan Day moved over the 400-goal mark for her career with an eight-goal, two assist performance. The senior now has 405 goals in her career. Lyndsey Duty (four goals, assist), Gillian Zimmerman (two goals, two assists), Emmie Dressel (three goals) and Maggie Biedermann (goal, two assists) also excelled for the winners. Riley Toomey had two goals and an assist for Eastern. K-D improved to 12-0 overall and 10-0 in the York-Adams League.

Susquehannock 20, Red Lion 2: At Glen Rock, Gena Speights (six goals, two assists), Ashley Valway (five goals, three assists) and Katelyn Welsh (four goals, four assists) powered the Warriors, who improved to 11-1 overall and 9-1 in the York-Adams League. Amber Orner made five saves to get the win in goal. Taylor Griffith made eight saves for the Lions.

Dallastown 18, Northern 9: At Dillsburg, the Wildcats dominated both halves, doubling up the Polar Bears in non-league play. Alyssa Layton’s six-goal effort led the way for Dallastown, while Amber Dubois chipped in with four goals and an assist.

York Catholic 14, South Western 5: At York Catholic, a strong defensive effort in the second half by the Irish led them to a bounce-back victory over the Mustangs. Lindsey China had a five-point night for York Catholic, scoring four goals and adding an assist, while Shannon Moore continued her impressive senior campaign with a three-goal and three-assist performance. Lauren Schmidt led South Western with three goals, while Erin Brown and Gabriella DiRienza each added one.

West York 15, Spring Grove 5: At Spring Grove, Ally Williams turned in a four-goal, two-assist effort in leading the Bulldogs to victory. Teammate Amanda Lehman chipped in with three goals and an assist. Marisa Landaverde and Casey Franklin each scored two goals for the Rockets.

By PATRICK STROHECKER
505-5402/@P_Strohecker

Kennard Dale’s Emmie Dressel, right, sprints past York Catholic defender Lisa Casagrande on Tuesday. Dressel scored six goals in the game.

Kennard Dale’s Emmie Dressel, right, sprints past York Catholic defender Lisa Casagrande on Tuesday. Dressel scored six goals in the game. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
Lisa Casagrande of York Catholic, left, and Morgan Day of Kennard Dale leap for the ball on the face-off on Tuesday. Day had three goals and two assists in

Lisa Casagrande of York Catholic, left, and Morgan Day of Kennard Dale leap for the ball on the face-off on Tuesday. Day had three goals and two assists in K-D’s 16-14 win. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

Kennard-Dale vs. York Catholic is the one match every year that highlights the York-Adams girls’ lacrosse schedule.

Together, the two sides have won the first six Y-A Tournament titles, with the Rams capturing the first five, before being dethroned by the Irish last season.

So, when the two clubs met again on Tuesday — the first time since York Catholic upset K-D in last year’s playoff final — it was no surprise that the game would come down to the very end. This time, however, the Rams (11-0 overall, 9-0 league) avenged last season’s loss, defeating the Irish (7-3, 6-2), 16-14, on the road.

“I saw it as a game that was going to be tough because of the familiarity,” K-D coach Kelly Wetzel said. “But, I knew that we were going to have to play well, and there were times we did and times we didn’t.”

During those times that the Rams played well, they went on large scoring runs that helped them not only overcome an early 2-0 hole, but open up sizable leads. A 4-0 run and then a 4-1 run in the first half proved to be the major difference in the first 25-minute frame, when K-D opened up a 4-2 advantage and then took an 8-4 lead into the half.

“I felt like we beat ourselves a little bit in the first half,” York Catholic coach Rob Linthicum said. “…I think if we would’ve played the whole game like we played the second half, I think we probably could’ve pulled something out there.”

The Irish came out in the second half on a tear and scored the half’s first three goals, trimming the Rams’ lead to 8-7. However, the story of the game came down to this: K-D would always put a halt to York Catholic’s scoring runs just before the Irish could come all the way back.

The Rams answered that early second-half spurt by the Irish with another 4-0 run of their own to open up a 12-7 advantage. K-D’s final 4-1 run late in the game, which opened up a 16-11 lead, proved to be the back-breaker for York Catholic.

“Lacrosse is a game of runs,” Wetzel said. “And who can sustain it longest and not get discouraged when you mess up — they’re high school girls and high school kids make mistakes every day — so it’s just a matter of weathering the storm, but anticipating that there’s going to be a storm and be ready to react to it.”

Key aspects: But it wasn’t just countering Irish runs with longer ones of their own where the Rams owned a big advantage. In the two other major aspects of the game — player-up situations and free positions — K-D won those battles as well.

With both teams receiving one yellow card, warranting a two-minute player-up advantage, the Rams scored two crucial goals on their advantage in the first half to tie the game at 2-2. Meanwhile, when York Catholic earned its player advantage late in the second half, it came in a critical juncture of the contest, with K-D ahead 13-10. But, the Irish only managed a single goal, squandering an opportunity to get within one, or even tie the game, and put real pressure on the Rams in the final minutes.

On free positions, it wasn’t so much a team effort that helped K-D come out on top, but rather, the play of freshman goalie Clare Boone. Of her 10 saves, six came in free position situations, meaning that in a two-goal win, her performance in those pressure-packed situations proved to be the biggest difference maker.

“She has a very good reaction and very quick hands,” Wetzel said of Boone. “She does very well. She did the same thing against Kennett (Square High School) and she’s done the same thing against other teams, so it’s really nice to see.”

In goal for York Catholic, freshman Kirsten Lake made six saves in her third straight start in place of injured Domenica Shellenberger. Offensively, the Irish got a strong contribution from their lone senior, Shannon Moore, who registered a team-high five goals and two assists.

“Obviously, Shannon’s the leader of our ball club, being the only senior,” Linthicum said. “She’s been playing a long time and the girls look up to her. She’s the typical sports team captain. … She’s been a big-time player, a key player whenever we need something all year.”

Offensively for the Rams, sophomore Emmie Dressel stole the show, scoring a game-high six goals, despite going up against a lot of her club teammates on the other side.

“It’s just so fun playing against these girls,” she said. “But, it’s difficult because they know all my weaknesses and strengths, but it’s fun.”

It took senior Morgan Day nearly the entire first half to finally score a goal, but despite her late contribution to the game, she still tallied three goals and two assists. Her career goal total now stands at 397, only 34 away from breaking the state record, held by West Chester Henderson’s Katie O’Donnell at 430, which would also place her second all-time in the nation.

OTHER GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Red Lion 23, Central York 9: The host Lions were led by an outstanding eight-goal, seven-assist effort from Emily Robbins. Red Lion also received a five-goal, two-assist game from Peyton Shima. Sam Collis added four goals to the winning cause. Central York was led by Addison Billings’ four goals. Alexa Glatfelter scored three goals for the Panthers.

Susquehannock 15, York Suburban 2: At Suburban, the visitors improved to 10-1 overall and 8-1 in the York-Adams League. Ashley Valway (five goals), Katelyn Welch (two goals, three assists), Morgan LeBlanc (two goals, assist), Kate LeBlanc (three goals), Gena Speights (two goals) and Kayla Held (goal, assist) led the Warriors. Karlee Wasilewski and Rachael Garrett scored for Suburban. Laura Sinkovitz had nine saves in a losing cause. Amber Orner made four saves to get the win in goal.

South Western 14, Dallastown 1: At Hanover, the home team rolled behind big offensive games from Lauren Schmidt (four goals, three assists), Erin Brown (four goals, assist), Elizabeth Antoshak (four goals) and Gabriella DiRienzo (two goals, assist). Laura Silver made nine saves to get the win goal.

New Oxford 17, Harrisburg Christian 0: At New Oxford, the Colonials were led by Braxtin Reddinger (three goals, four assists), Raleigh Bateman (four goals), Olivia Woodward (two goals, assist), Lauren Slonaker (two goals, one assist) and Ellie Arthur (two goals, assist). Harrisburg Christian did not get a shot on goal.

West York 13, Eastern York 6: West York, the home team triumphed behind big games from Kelley Dietz (four goals), Ally Williams (three goals), Lakyn Brenneman (two goals) and Tori Gross (seven saves). Riley Toomey (three goals, assist) led Eastern.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Dallastown 17, South Western 6: At Dallastown, Brian Prats led the Wildcats with eight goals and two assists. Also for Dallastown, Andrew Kvasnovsky had three goals and one assist, Dom Gurreri had two goals and one assist, Trip Prindle scored two goals and Dom Roda and Max Lohss each had one goal and one assist. Dallastown improved to 11-1 overall and 8-1 in the York-Adams League.

New Oxford 15, Spring Grove 14: At New Oxford, the Colonials scored in the first overtime frame to prevail over the Rockets in this close battle between league foes. John Wilson recorded a team-high six goals for New Oxford and added two assists for eight points. Tanner Bolton had five goals and three assists for Spring Grove, matching Wilson with a game-high eight points. Jorge Medina made 17 saves in goal for the Colonials. Dylan Griffiths added three goals and two assists for the Rockets, while Bryce Kephart had three goals and an assist.

Hershey 19, West York 3: At Hershey, the Bulldogs were outmatched in this non-league contest against the Trojans. Hunter Betz, Devyn Roehm and Trevor Sweitzer each had a goal for West York, while Roehm and Sweitzer each added an assist. Brook Briggs recorded a game-high nine points for Hershey on three goals and six assists.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

New Oxford 21, Spring Grove 9: At Spring Grove, Braxtin Reddinger led the Colonials to the York-Adams League victory by scoring a game-high nine goals and adding three assists. For the Rockets, Casey Franklin scored a team-high four goals and added one assist, while teammate Sam Richards scored three goals.

 

By ELIJAH ARMOLD
505-5406/@EADispatch

Goaltender is a very stressful position to play.

Serving as the last line of defense, the performance of a goalie is often put under the microscope. No position controls the scales of a game more.

A net minder can steal momentum, and sometimes victory, with huge saves, while masking flaws that would normally result in a loss. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a bad day in net is often quickly magnified and analyzed in tortuous fashion.

Kennard-Dale girls’ lacrosse goalie Clare Boone knows the feeling well.

“Probably the biggest challenge is that it’s just you,” Boone said. “So if you’re doing good, people will see it. But also, if you let a shot in they’ll be like ‘oh, why didn’t you save that.'”

Boone’s situation lends itself to even more pressure when you factor in that she is only a 15-year-old freshman who starts for a program that has been at the top of the York-Adams League since it adopted the sport in 2009.

Standing only 5-feet, 2-inches, Boone looks every bit the part of a freshman. So it would be understandable if all those factors conspired against her.

But they haven’t. In fact, she’s excelled, helping the Rams to a perfect 8-0 record (7-0 in York-Adams League play) so far this season, and playing a large part in some signature victories along the way.

Dealing with stress: Boone admits she felt all those things tugging at her when the season began, but she pointed out some key elements in being able to combat the stress and perform.

The first is a confidence in her game that’s more often found in upperclassmen. A vast amount of that confidence comes from her previous experiences at the club level.

Her coach, Kelly Wetzel, pointed out that in club play she is teamed with, and faces, some of the nation’s top talents.

Boone also gains more confidence with experiences provided with every passing game.

Perhaps one that gave her the biggest bump was a 17-16 victory on March 27 against District 1 foe Kennett Square. She made 20 saves on the day, including a number a crucial stops down the stretch in regulation and three big saves in OT to get the win.

Sure, in a game when the opposition scores 16 goals, it might be hard to credit a goalie. But, think of it this way, if Boone fails to make just one of those saves, the Rams likely lose.

Boone’s abilities are of little surprise to her teammates, the group she relies on heavily to help alleviate the tension. Many of them have played with her during club and recreational action.

That familiarity played a key part in Boone making the move to varsity.

“My team is so supportive. My defense takes a lot of the pressure off. They’ve saved (me) plenty of times,” Boone said.

Commanding the defense: Brooke Davis, a four-year defensive starter for the Rams, was quick to sing the praises of the freshman.

Davis noted that Boone’s wealth of lacrosse knowledge is key to her performance.

“She’s a great goalie, she’s pretty athletic,” Davis said. “She’s always talking, letting us know where girls are. Letting us know where everyone is, what’s going on. That’s a huge asset.”

Wetzel echoed Davis’ sentiments and pointed out that Boone’s knowledge eased her transition to the varsity. Other freshmen might struggle initially with their leadership, too timid to command upperclassmen.

“She commands the defense,” Wetzel said. “She knows the game, she knows how to play the position and she does it well.”

It also helps Boone relax knowing there’s a high-powered offense operating at the other end of the field.

The stress will no doubt continue to ramp up as the calendar creeps toward May.

There is a looming test against Exeter on Friday, a game that could play a big part in district seeding. That’s soon followed by a rematch of the York-Adams title game from a year ago against York Catholic on April 21.

This year’s league tournament will provide a solid tune-up for district play and give Boone her first taste of the weight of postseason play.

But similar to a mighty ant, the diminutive Boone has already shown an ability to shoulder more weight than most would consider possible.

— Reach Elijah Armold at earmold@yorkdispatch.com.

UPDATE: I received word Thursday that Clare Boon ewas recently named as a 2015 Brine National High School All-America selection and has been picked to represent the state of Pennsylvania at the 2015 Brine National Lacrosse Classic. That event will be held at the River City Sportsplex in Virginia from June 29 through July 2.

Boone will represent K-D and PA on the Class of 2018 girls’ team.

The Brine National Lacrosse Classic brings the top high school lacrosse players in the nation to one venue, where regional teams will compete for national recognition in front of NCAA lacrosse coaches.

Congratulaions, Clare, and best of luck at this event.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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York Suburban’s Kevin Moats defends Red Lion’s Tanner Reif on Thursday at Suburban. Reif finished with a goal and four assists. Red Lion won

York Suburban’s Kevin Moats defends Red Lion’s Tanner Reif on Thursday at Suburban. Reif finished with a goal and four assists. Red Lion won the match, 9-8. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

Momentum plays a major factor in sports. That is especially true in lacrosse, where a team can turn things around in a hurry.

Such was the case Thursday night when York-Adams League rivals Red Lion and York Suburban squared off in a contest that carried playoff implications.

The home-standing Trojans controlled much of the first half, building a four-goal lead. A late tally by the Lions before the intermission, however, shifted momentum toward their side. Red Lion scored four more goals in the third quarter to take the lead, but Suburban rallied to even the score with under two minutes left.

That set the stage for Red Lion standout Tyler Dunlap, who ripped home the game-winning score with 30 seconds left.

The 9-8 triumph was big in the league standings for the Lions, who improved to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the league. Suburban fell to 7-3 and 5-2.

“Every game is important this year,” Red Lion coach Stefan Stiffler said. “Absolutely.”

It all started with a goal by standout attacker Jac Gemmill (five goals) that came with under a second left in the first half. Gemmill’s tally cut the Suburban lead to 6-4 at the break.

“That goal before the half was a game changer,” Stiffler said. “We weren’t getting a lot of really good looks on offense (in the first half), but then everything started to click.”

The Lions dominated play in the third period, scoring four more goals to take an 8-6 advantage. Gemmill had two more goals during that surge, while Dunlap and Sam Emig also scored.

Some penalties hurt the visitors in the fourth quarter, when the Trojans were able to cash in with goals from Ryan Yost and Cam LeCates to even it up. LeCates’ tally with 1:29 remaining in the game came with a man-advantage.

The home team had possession after that goal, but the Lions were able to turn it over before Dunlap scored the game-winner.

“I just cut and Tanner Reif (one goal, four assists) threw me the ball,” Dunlap said. “Then it just happened. It was just instinct. We’re a really close team and have been playing together forever. And then we just connected there at the end.”

The Lions were able to run out the clock successfully over the final half minute, setting off a big celebration on the same field where they fell 9-8 a year ago.

“It was close last year,” Dunlap said. “We had to get them this year. And this was an important game for us in the division.”

While the Trojans failed to secure the victory, first-year coach Luke Beam refused to blame his team for the setback. Instead he put the onus squarely on himself.

“This is on me,” he said. “I need to coach better in order to get a W. (My kids) need to hold their heads high and get ready for next week.”

Collin Mailman led the Trojans with thee goals, while goalie Pat Keane tallied eight saves. Red Lion goalie Nick Serrano finished with seven saves.

OTHER BOYS’ LACROSSE

West York 13, Central York 12: At West York, the home rallied from a 4-0 hole after one period to earn the win. The Bulldogs used a 10-4 edge in the middle two periods to regain the lead. West York improved to 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the York-Adams League. Central fell to 6-5 and 4-4. Hunter Betz (two goals, four assists), Devyn Roehm (three goals, assist), Tanner Brannon (two goals, assist), Trevor Sweitzer (three assists), Ryan McCauley (two goals), Seth Wise (goal, assist) and Ian Lichty (goal, assist) led the winners. Central was paced by Connor Hoch (three goals), Katon Yantek (two goals, assist), Alex Kilgour (two goals, assist) and T.J. Ross (goal, two assists). Cole Rinehart had eight saves to get the win in goal. Pearson Hinkle had nine saves in a losing cause.

Dallastown 15, York Catholic 9: At York, the Wildcats improved to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the York-Adams League. Braven Morris (three goals, assist), Brian Prats (three goals), Cade Gold (three goals), Andrew Kvasnovski (two goals, assist), Dom Gurreri (two goals) and Max Lohss (two goals) paced Dallastown. Jack Marks made seven saves in goal. York Catholic was led by Jacob Norton (three goals), Luke Brennan (two goals, assist) and Tanner Yanick (goal, assist). Alex Reichart had eight saves for York Catholic.

Eastern York 13, South Western 8: At Hanover, Conrad Rhein’s eight-point game paced the Golden Knights. Rhein scored a team-high five goals and added three assists. On the other side, South Western’s Anthony DeVincent tried to match Rhein point-for-point, tallying five goals and two assists for a team-high seven points.

Susquehannock 15, New Oxford 5: At Glen Rock, Aidan Kirkendall led the Warriors by scoring five goals and adding one assist. Also for the Warriors, Jack Allred had four goals and two assists, Collin Riley had two goals and three assists, Colin Kelly had two goals and one assist, Dorian Faster scored two goals and Alex Rebich added two assists. For the Colonials, John Wilson scored two goals and added one assist.

Correction: The winner of Wednesday’s lacrosse match between Red Lion and York Catholic was incorrectly reported in Thursday’s Dispatch. Red Lion won the match, 14-11.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

South Western 10, Eastern York 4: At Wrightsville, Erin Brown and Lauren Schmidt each had three goals for the Mustangs. Kylie Nikolaus had two goals and an assist for the Golden Knights. Both Tristyn Keller (EY) and Laura Silver (SW) made six stops in goal.

Susquehannock 25, New Oxford 11: At New Oxford, A big second-half by the Warriors helped break the game open. Katelyn Welch had a game-high six goals and added three assists, while Ashley Valway chipped in with five goals for Susquehannock. New Oxford’s Braxtin Reddinger had team-high seven points, coming on five goals and two assists.

Kennard-Dale 24, Spring Grove 1: At Fawn Grove, an 18-0 halftime lead for the Rams allowed them to cruise. K-D had 14 different girls score goals, including a game-high four from Emmie Dressel. Lauren Grove scored the only goal for Spring Grove.

Red Lion 17, York Suburban 8: At Red Lion, a 10-2 second-half scoring advantage for the Lions turned a one-goal halftime lead into a nine-goal victory. Jenna Godfrey (five goals), Peyton Shima (four goals), Emily Harrington (three goals) and Josie Raver (three goals) each had multi-goal performances for Red Lion. Karlee Wasilweski scored a team-high three goals for the Trojans.

West York 19, Central 10: At Central, Lakyn Brenneman led the Bulldogs by scoring a game-high six goals. Also for West York,Kelley Dietz scored four goals, Chloe Smith scored three goals and Ally Williams and Samantha Gentzler each scored two goals. For the Panthers, Addison Billings scored five goals, while Hannah Gilhool scored two goals.

York Catholic 13, Dallastown 2: At Dallastown, Anna Linthicum led the Irish by scoring three goals and adding two assists. Also for the Irish, Lindsey China and Amanda Tufano each scored two goals and added two assists, while Shannon Moore had one goal and three assists and Kayleigh Pokrivka scored two goals. For the Wildcats, Alyssa Layton scored both goals for the home team.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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RedLionLax

The Red Lion boys’ lacrosse team earned a 14-11 triumph vs York Catholic on Wednesday.

Jac Gemmill lead the way for the Lions with a five-goal effort in the triumph. He also had three assists. Sam Emig added four goals and two assists for Red Lion.

Eli Doyle scored five goals to help the Irish. Tanner Yanick contributed a pair of goals and three assists to the setback. Alex Reinhart made 16 saves.

In girls’ action, Carlisle rolled to an 18-4 non-league triumph over Spring Grove. The Rockets received one goal apiece from Zabrina Enders, Casey Franklin, Jordyn Miller, Dena Myers and Sam Richards.


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