By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
When the Dallastown boys’ lacrosse team is firing on all cylinders, the Wildcats may be the most complete team in the York-Adams League.
With offensive talents such as Tanner Ierley and Bailey Haines, the Wildcats can score with the best of them.
But the calling card of many championship teams is at the other end of the field. Defensively, Dallastown has shown a knack for stopping high-powered teams when it matters most.
The evidence has been on display twice over the past week. Last Friday the Wildcats held defending league champion Central York to just eight goals, including none in the fourth quarter, of a 9-8 victory.
Wednesday night at York Suburban High School, the Wildcats showed it again. After an early goal by the Trojans, Dallastown shut the door. Suburban managed just two more goals after that. Combined with big games from Haines (three goals) and Ierley (four goals), the Wildcats (10-2 overall, 9-2 Division I) were able to walk away with a convincing 10-3 triumph.
“Today we just worked really well as a team,” Ierley said.. “Our defense connected and our offense connected and we played really well.”
After Collin Mailman put the Trojans ahead in the game’s first minute, the Wildcats clamped down. Dallastown maintained possession for long stretches of the first half, scoring five unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead at the break.
“They got that goal and it just clicked in our heads that we had to step it up,” Ierley said. “That was definitely a wake-up call.”
Haines scored three of the goals during that run, with Ierley capping the first-half scoring with a tally with 99 seconds left on the clock. The senior then added three more in a row in the third quarter to stretch the Dallastown lead to 8-2.
“Me and Bailey work well together,” Ierley said. “The team works well together. All the guys are a great. We’ve been playing together for a really long time. I guess we’re just a big family … we all know each other.”
Wildcat coach Jim Bates liked a lot of things he saw from his team in the offensive zone. Dallastown outshot the hosts 19-9, but more importantly showed patience. The Wildcats possessed the ball for long stretches of time.
“Our offense is finally starting to click,” he said. “We were able to stay in our offensive set and get some things done. I would have liked to see some more goals, but I think they’re working well together.”
Suburban, perhaps one of the biggest surprises so far this season, was without two of its key contributors against the Wildcats. Both Foster Hoyt and Ryan Yost missed the game because of illness.
The Trojans dropped to 8-2 both overall and in Division II.
OTHER BOYS’ LACROSSE
Red Lion 13, Kennard-Dale 7: At Red Lion, Sam Emig and Hayden Jennings combined for nine of the Lions’ goals, while Jac Gemmill supplied seven assists for the home team. Jesse Shonbrunner led K-D with four goals and two assists.
Central York 21, York Catholic 12: Down 2-0 after the first quarter, Central York exploded with nine goals each in the second and third quarters and went on to get the win. Thomas Kurland tallied a game-high eight goals for the visiting Panthers, while teammates Ian Desenberg (four goals, one assist), Katon Yantek (three goals, three assists) and Max Haldeman (three goals, two assists) each had multiple scores. Goalies Shane Walker and Pearson Hinkle each had four stops for Central. York Catholic was paced by Tanner Yanick (three goals), Jacob Norton (two goals, one assist) and Ted Tredeni (two goals).
Eastern York 19, New Oxford 3: Eastern senior Jon Witman collected a game-high six goals to go along with three assists in leading the host Knights to victory. Teammates Christian Buser (four goals, three assists), Conrad Rhein (three goals, eight assists) and Justin Keller (two goals, one assist) each had multiple scores, while goalie Joe Stickler made seven stops. Steven Clabaugh had two of New Oxford’s three scores.
Susquehannock 14, South Western 4: At Hanover, Aidan Kirkendall led the Warriors to the victory by scoring four goals and adding two assists. Also for the Warriors, Zach Gloeckner scored four goals, Collin Riley had one goal and five assists and Dorian Faster scored two goals. For the Mustangs, Ryan Delea scored two goals.
Kennard-Dale 19, Red Lion 3: At Fawn Grove, Morgan Day led the Rams by scoring five goals and recording three assists. Lyndsey Duty had three goals and three assists, while Maggie Biedermann, Hannah Bracey and Emily Livezey each scored one goal and added one assist. For the Lions, Sierra Donovan scored three goals. K-D improved to 10-1 overall and 10-0 in York-Adams Division II.
York Catholic 20, Central York 1: At Central, Ashley Ingram and Lindsey China each had four goals to power the Lady Irish. Sara Gabriele added three goals for the winners, while Jess Mazzur scored twice. York Catholic improved to 10-1 in York-Adams Division II.
Susquehannock 11, South Western 9: At Glen Rock, the Warriors trailed by one at the half (8-7), but held the visitors to just one goal for the second half (4-1) and went on to capture the victory. Ashley Valway led the Warriors by scoring four goals and adding three assists. Teammates Gena Speights and Morgan LeBlanc each scored two goals, while Katelyn Welch scored one goal and added one assist. For the Mustangs, Braxton Reddinger scored four goals.
York Suburban 10, Dallastown 10: The game ended in a tie at Dallastown. Alexandra Cologer, Karlee Wasilewski, Alexis Mailman and Zoe Zambito each had a pair of scores for Suburban. Dallastown’s Ali Shick, Jenny Manning and Kayla Thomas each had two goals. Trojans’ goalie Shelby Moyer recorded 11 saves, while Wildcats’ keeper Mary Eckert made 26 stops.
New Oxford 10, Eastern York 9: The host Colonials led 8-4 at intermission and tallied a pair of scores in the second half to get the one-score win. The New Oxford attack was paced by Tiff Brzenk (five goals), Aggie Phillips (two goals, two assists) and Olivia Woodward (two goals). Rylie Toomey (three goals, one assist) and Gabrielle Smeltzer (two goals, one assist) led the Knights.
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