The West York boys' lacrosse team was on a mission Thursday when the Bulldogs played host to York-Adams Division II rival Kennard-Dale.
It was those pesky Rams who ousted the division champs from the playoffs a year ago on the Bulldogs' home field.
Some memories fade, but not that one. Especially for West York's Seth Clauser.
Clauser took personal offense to K-D's victory in the district playoffs a year ago by scoring eight goals, including seven in a row for his club. Clauser's big game was enough carry his Bulldogs to a 15-12 victory over the Rams.
"They took us on our own home field last year and we weren't too happy about that," said Clauser, who also recorded an assist for a nine-point night. "We wanted to come out here and play well."
The Bulldogs (5-0 overall) did that early on, racing out to a 5-2 lead after a period. A three-goal lead, however, is hardly a big obstacle and K-D proved that in the second. The Rams notched six tallies in that stanza, including a pair from Jesse Schonbrunner, to take an 8-6 lead at the break.
"They're a good offensive team," said West York coach Rodney Tamblin of Rams, who fell to 0-5. "That's a good offense and they have some guys that can shoot."
Tamblin made some adjustments at the break defensively to change things up. They appeared to work quite well. His team only allowed four goals over the final 24 minutes.
"Just adjustments. Talking to guys and telling them what we need to change. Just things we see," he said.
Clauser scored a pair of goals to even up the match, which is where it remained heading into the final quarter.
After the teams traded goals to start the period, the Bulldogs broke open a 12-12 deadlock just 12 seconds after Schonbrunner (six goals) knotted the contest with 4:39 left. Devyn Roehm (four goals, three assists) scored the first two goals before Clauser capped off his huge night with a tally with 1:53 left on the clock.
The contest was bitterly fought, as one would expect between two fierce rivals. There were 16 penalties called during the contest and several more that went unnoticed.
One of those shots was to the head of Clauser, who sported a bloody lip afterwards.
"I came across the middle and their kid hit me up right under my chin," he said. "And it caught my lip. But they missed that call, unfortunately."
Rams struggling: While Clauser had to deal with some real pain during the contest, the pain has been much more difficult for the Rams. A year after nearly upsetting Central York in the league title match, K-D hasn't shown the consistency this season. As a result, Coach Tom Nelson is still looking for his team to register its first 'W' of the season.
"It's been a rough, tough beginning of the year," Nelson said. "We were right there in it until the last couple minutes of the fourth quarter. We show a lot of desire and heart to play, but we have to be a little bit smarter with the ball and a little bit smarter with penalties."
Nelson is hoping his winless squad can show some character and rebound from such a tough ride so far.
"Quitting is easy," he said. "It's easy to quit. But we're sticking it out and our guys come to practice with a positive attitude. They try to get better. And I said to them, 'if losing some lacrosse games is the worst thing that happens to you in your life, you're going to have one great life.' So it's hard to come to practice when you're 0-5, but that's what you have to do."
Freddy Seitz finished with a pair of goals and a pair of assists for K-D, while David Wallace added three assists to go with a goal in the setback. Goalie Ethan White finished with 11 saves.
Hunter Betz dished out six assists for the Bulldogs, while goalie Jordan Lombardo tallied 18 saves.
OTHER BOYS' LACROSSE
Spring Grove 6, South Western 5: Tied 2-2 at halftime and 4-4 after the third period, the visiting Rockets scored two goals in the final period while holding South Western to one goal in the last period to get the one-score win. Spring Grove had six different players register a score while goalie Adam Grant made seven stops. Anthony DeVincent and Eli Fuhrman each tallied two goals to pace South Western.
Eastern York 13, York Catholic 11: The visiting Knights were led by Jon Witman (four goals), Conrad Rhein (four goals, two assists) and Christian Buser (two goals) en route to the two-score victory. The host Irish were paced by Jacob Norton (four goals), Luke Brennan (two goals) and Tommy Bowser (two goals).
York Suburban 10, Susquehannock 8: At Suburban, the Trojans led 6-4 at the half and went on to capture the York-Adams Division II victory. Foster Hoyt led the Trojans by scoring three goals and adding one assist. Also for Suburban, Justice Gettle had two goals and one assist, Dom Badovinac had two goals and Mike Sipes had one goal and two assists. For the Warriors, Zach Gloeckner and Alex Rebich each scored three goals, while Collin Riley added four assists.
Dallastown 7, Red Lion 6: The host Wildcats led 4-2 at halftime and were tied with Red Lion, 5-5, heading into the final period. Bailey Haines (three goals), Dom Gurreri (two goals) and Tanner Ierley (goal, two assists) led Dallastown's offensive attack. The visiting Lions were paced by Hayden Jennings and Tyler Dunlap, who each notched two goals, and Sam Emig, who collected a goal and two assists.
other GIRLS' LACROSSE
Kennard-Dale 23, West York 7: At Fawn Grove, Morgan Day led the Rams to the York-Adams Division II victory by scoring 10 goals and adding two assists. Hannah Bracey had five goals and three assists, Lyndsey Duty had three goals and two assists and Emmie Dressel had three goals and two assists. For the Bulldogs, Sara Sweitzer had four goals and one assist.
Red Lion 11, Dallastown 10: The host Lions were led by Sierra Donovan (five goals, one assist), Emma Conrad (three goals) and Jenna Godfrey (two goals, one assist) in the victory over their crosstown rivals. Red Lion goalie Larissa Herbert made nine stops. Kayla Thomas and Ali Shick each tallied three goals to pace the visiting Wildcats, with teammates Alyssa Layton and Olivia Thomas each getting a pair of scores as well.
Susquehannock 16, York Suburban 9: Ashley Valway (six goals), Katelyn Welch (three goals), Gena Speights (three goals) and Carley Van Luit (two goals) led the host Warriors to victory. Teammate Amber Orr made eight stops in goal. Jailyn Adams (three goals) paced the visiting Trojans, with goalie Shelby Moyer tallying nine saves.
York Catholic 18, Eastern York 3: At Wrightsville, Shannon Moore led the Irish to the York-Adams Division II victory by scoring four goals. Jess Mazzur had one goal and three assists, while Ashley Ingram, Anna Linthicum, Sara Gabrielle, Kala Pokriuka, Megan Bilyeu and Lindsay China each scored two goals.
South Western 15, Spring Grove 5: At Spring Grove, Lauren Schmidt led the Mustangs to the York-Adams Division I victory by scoring six goals and adding two assists. Teammate Callie Kavanaugh had three goals and two assists. For the Rockets, Jordyn Miller scored two goals.
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