DALLASTOWN -- With a four-goal lead and under six minutes to play Thursday evening, West York pretty much had a win wrapped up.
Still, the Bulldogs continued to attack. A part of that, according to sophomore Devyn Roehm, is because the West York boys' lacrosse players wanted to let the rest of the York-Adams League know that the Bulldogs have what it takes to win it all this year. Plus, the Bulldogs wanted to get payback on the Wildcats after losing to them in last year's league tournament championship game.
"We're trying to tell everyone we're coming up," Roehm said.
Roehm led the Bulldogs to a 10-4 victory over Dallastown by notching a game-high four goals to go along with an assist. His final goal came in impressive fashion in the fourth quarter when he scored sitting down after Dallastown goalie Jack Marks (10 saves) knocked Roehm on his butt about 15 yards out from the net.
"The goalie pushed me from behind and I just happened to keep the ball in my stick and turned around and shot it," Roehm said.
The goal exemplified a dominant second half for the Bulldogs (2-0) in which they outscored Dallastown 6-0 after being tied 4-4 at halftime. Junior attacker Seth Clauser (four goals) got West York's final score unassisted with 2:11 remaining.
"Our guys just realized that our match-ups were a little bit better this year than last year," West York first-year head coach Rodney Tamblin said. "Last year we hung with (Dallastown) until it came down to the end, when they (Dallastown) proved they had a better lineup. Today ... I preached to them: 'Do the little things. Don't force and everything is gonna come together.'"
Tamblin took over the Bulldogs' program this season after serving as an assistant under former coach Dan Quickel the last three years. Tamblin brings back a talented West York group that returns all but three players. One of those lost to graduation is Klayton Garman, last year's Division II Player of the Year who is now playing at NCAA Division III Lebanon Valley College.
"He is the biggest loss but it just goes to prove six other guys can move the ball and score," Tamblin said.
Dallastown (2-1), the defending Division I champion, was handed its first loss of the season. Twice the Wildcats fell behind by two goals in the first half only to come back and tie it before being shut down after intermission.
"We had our opportunities and didn't capitalize on some of the times we were a man up," Dallastown coach Chris Andrews said. "They (West York) played very well. They're a good team."
Dallastown had three separate scorers, led by two goals from Jake Mitchell. West York goalies Cole Rinehart (two saves) and Jordan Lombardo (11 saves) combined for 13 saves. West York's Hunter Betz also notched two goals and a game-high three assists.
OTHER BOYS' LACROSSE
EASTERN 9, SOUTH WESTERN 7: At Hanover, the Golden Knights led 6-5 going into the final quarter and hung on. Jon Witman led the Golden Knights with four goals and one assist. Justin Keller (two goals, one assist), Christian Buser (one goal, one assist) and Conrad Rhein (one goal, one assist) also excelled for the Knights. For the Mustangs, Jaden Sanders scored two goal and added two assists.
CENTRAL YORK 10, SUSQUEHANNOCK 4: At Central, Max Haldeman had four goals and four assists to power the Panthers to the triumph.
KENNARD-DALE 18, SPRING GROVE 2: At Fawn Grove, Morgan Day (six goals, one assist), Nicole Black (four goals, six assists), Taylor Davis (three goals, two assists), Abi Pietra (three goals) and Lyndsey Duty (one goal, two assists) led the Rams. Alana Pietra got the win in goal, making two saves. Shelby Grosberger had both of Spring Grove's goals. Amanda Craver had eight saves for the Rockets.
SUSQUEHANNOCK 23, CENTRAL YORK 0: At Glen Rock, Katelyn Welch (five goals, one assist), Brooke Clasing (five goals, one assist), Olivia Bond (two goals, three assists), Abby Hagee (one goal, three assists), Genna Weger (three goals), Carley VanLuit (three goals), Ashley Valway (two goals) and Maddie Ellis (two goals) powered the Warriors to victory.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.