MANCHESTER -- Red Lion field hockey standout Ali Posey will likely be remembered for her barrage of goals over the last four years.
Those offensive talents have helped the Lions capture one York-Adams League Division I crown, two league tournament titles and two District 3-AAA playoff wins dating back to 2010.
To diehard Lions fans, though, they might also remember Posey for what she did Wednesday night on the defensive end against Bermudian Springs in a league tournament semifinal game at Northeastern High School.
After teammate Morgan Kuehne scored the go-ahead goal with 14:37 remaining, Red Lion coach Carol Gillmen opted to call an audible by putting Posey back on defense to preserve the lead.
"I just felt like we needed to do a bit more defensively to change our system of play," Gillmen said. "In a way we should've capitalized there when we had a couple opportunities to make it a two-score game, but we had to drop her (Posey) back and play much better defensively and hold that one-goal lead."
The move ended up paying big dividends when Bermudian Springs, the Division III champion, received a penalty corner with 4:25 to play, giving the Eagles a good opportunity to tie the game. The Eagles' sideline pass came in cleanly, but just before they were able to get off a shot, Posey stepped in front for the steal and took the ball the other way.
Red Lion hung on from there for a 3-2 victory over Bermudian Springs (14-4) to advance to the league title game for the fourth-straight year. The Lions (14-2) will face rival Dallastown (17-1) in the championship Thursday night at Northeastern at 7 p.m. In the earlier game Wednesday, Dallastown beat Kennard-Dale, 4-0.
First half: The Eagles came up just short of advancing to the title game for the first time in program history. They had the Lions on their heels in the first half and took a 2-1 lead at the 8:52 mark on a Katie Johnston score before Posey, a West Chester University recruit, tied it with a goal off a penalty corner with five seconds left before halftime.
Red Lion goalie Jackie Charlton collected three saves in the victory, while Eagles' keeper Sarah Crane made four stops.
Bermudian Springs did have one last shot to tie the game on a penalty corner in the final seconds of regulation but failed to put a shot on goal.
The Eagles will next prepare for the District 3-AA tournament, where they're slated to face No. 8 seed Berks Catholic on Tuesday at Lower Dauphin Middle School.
Title game: This will mark the third time in the tournament's four-year history that Dallastown and Red Lion will square off in the championship game. Winners of the first two league tournaments in 2010 and 2011, Red Lion lost last year's title game to Dallastown in a shootout and dropped both regular-season matchups this year to the Wildcats, 1-0 and 3-1, and finished second in the division behind Dallastown.
"That's definitely our No. 1 motivation. We want to see Dallastown again," Kuehne said. "We got it (the league title) the first two years and then we had a year away and now we're trying to get it back. It's definitely been our No. 1 goal of the season."
Dallastown: The Wildcats outshot Kennard-Dale 12-2 and collected 21 penalty corners to the Rams' two. Dallastown got a pair of goals from Bryna Cook and scores from Ashley Chioda and Rachael Anstine. Wildcats' goalie Niki Bream made two saves, while Rams' keeper Abi Pietra made eight stops.
Kennard-Dale, a Division II tri-champion, will now move on to the District 3-AA tournament, where it is seeded 12th and will face No. 5 seed Lancaster Mennonite at Warwick on Tuesday.
OTHER FIELD HOCKEY
YORK SUBURBAN 1, EASTERN 0: At Wrightsville, Madeleine Devaney broke a 0-0 tie when she found the back of the net at the 23:38 mark of the second half to give the Trojans the lead for good. Teammate Sophie Hovis picked up the assist on the Devaney goal. Trojans goalie Colleen Dommel made four saves to record the shutout.
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