EMIGSVILLE — If the Central York boys' lacrosse team hopes to defend its York-Adams League crown this year, the Panthers know they'll need to get scoring from players other than Max Haldeman and Ian Desenberg.
That dynamic duo came up clutch time after time a season ago. And opponents have certainly taken notice.
The Panthers, however, are more than just those two standouts, a fact that became pretty clear when Central played host to Kennard-Dale Monday night. While Desenberg led everyone with five goals, it was the combination of Nick Tranchitella and Katon Yantek that did the most damage.
Tranchitella (three goals, one assist) scored the game's first two goals to put the Panthers ahead for good. Yantek, just a sophomore, pounded the twine for four more tallies to go with three assists.
Despite a rally by the Rams, who fell to Central in last year's title game, the Panthers finished out the contest on a 5-0 run to claim an important early-season 16-10 victory.
"Last year we only had a few shooters," Desenberg said. "This year we definitely have more depth on the bench. We'll have a lot of people score, as you can see tonight."
Central had seven different players register at least a goal, none of which came from Haldeman, who did record four assists for the contest.
The home team raced out to an early 5-1 lead and led 9-4 at the half. K-D started the second half on a 5-1 run to get within 10-9 late in the third period.
After a goal by Yantek doubled the lead to close out the third, the Rams scored with 11:07 remaining to get back to within a tally.
Much like they did a year ago, when the Panthers started slow in many games only to catch fire in the second half, the home team shut down the visitors over the final 11 minutes. Goals from Desenberg, Yantek and Tranchitella ignited the final 5-0 burst to help Central improve to 2-0 both overall and in Division I.
Perhaps one of the keys to the Panthers' success this year will be players such as Yantek, who is seeing his first good chunk of varsity action. If Yantek can become a third or fourth scoring option, that will allow Desenberg and Haldeman more room to do their thing.
"Last year I didn't really have too many opportunities to see the field," Yantek said. "This year I should have a better opportunity to do what I can do. When (Max and Ian) get doubled, they look to me to make stuff happen."
Tom Mayne, who took over the reins from Wade Noonan this year as head coach, likes what he see from his sophomore so far.
"Katon Yantek has really stepped up for us," Mayne said. "As Max and Ian are the known quantities, there is room for other guys to step it up to help fill that offensive firepower."
Jesse Schonbrunner had a part in seven of K-D's 10 tallies. The Ram senior scored three and assisted on four others, while Gabe Wallace and Albert Greaver each scored a pair of goals.
K-D goalie Ethan White finished with 18 saves for the Rams, who fell to 0-2 overall and in Division II. Shane Walker and Pearson Hinkle combined for nine saves for Central.
OTHER BOYS' LACROSSE
West York 15, New Oxford 1: At West York, Devyn Roehm (four goals, three assists), Seth Clauser (four goals), Alex Raffensberger (two goals, three assists), Hunter Betz (goal, four assists) and Nick Wilker (goal, three assists) powered West York. Joe Zero had a dozen saves in a losing effort.
York Suburban 11, South Western 3: At Hanover, Collin Mailman (goal, three assists), Dominec Badovinac (two goals, assist), Anthony Bettencourt (two goals, two assists), Foster Hoyt (two goals, assist) and Michael Sipes (goal, three assists) paced Suburban.
Red Lion 12, York Catholic 8: At York Catholic, the Lions lead 7-3 at the half and went on to capture the victory. Sam Emig led the Lions' offense with four goals and two assists. Also for Red Lion, Jac Gemmill had two goals and three assists, Tanner Reif had two goals and two assists, Hayden Jennings had two goals and Tyler Dunlap had one goal and one assist. For the Irish, Jacob Norton and Teddy Trapeni each scored three goals, while Luke Brennan scored one goal and added three assists.
Eastern York 10, Spring Grove 9: At Spring Grove, the Golden Knights squeezed out a tight victory. No other details were available.
Dallastown 6, Susquehannock 4: At Dallastown, the Wildcats won a low-scoring affair. No other details were available.
Kennard-Dale 24, Central York 1: At Fawn Grove, Morgan Day (seven goals, four assists) and Lindsey Duty (four goals, four assists) led the Rams. Emmie Dressel added three goals and an assist for the winners. Bailey Keator had 19 saves in a losing cause.
Susquehannock 22, Dallastown 1: At Glen Rock, Ashley Valway led the Warriors by scoring nine goals and adding two assists. Also for Susquehannock, Maddie Ellis had three goals and five assists, Katelyn Welch scored four goals and Carley VanLuit and Gena Speights each scored three goals and added one assist.
South Western 15, York Suburban 6: At York Suburban, Carlie Kavanaugh and Erin Brown helped power South Western to victory by combining for 10 goals. Kavanaugh also supplied two assists. Alexis Mailman led Suburban with two goals.
West York 15, New Oxford 3: At New Oxford, the Bulldogs jumped out to an 11-0 lead at the half and went on to capture the victory. Sara Sweitzer and Kelley Dietz led the Bulldogs with four goals apiece. Ally Williams scored three goals, while Amanda Lehman scored two goals.
Eastern York 8, Spring Grove 7: At Wrightsville, Eastern earned its first victory since the girls' lacrosse program began two years ago. No other details were available.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at email@example.com.