GLEN ROCK — When it comes right down to it, a good deal of the game of lacrosse comes down to faceoffs.
Win them and you can set up your offense and position yourself to score.
Early on in Thursday's contest against York-Adams League Division II rival York Suburban, the Susquehannock Warriors weren't winning them. And to no one's surprise, they found themselves in a hole.
But when faceoff specialist Zach Orner got on a roll early in the second quarter, it was like day and night for the home team. Boosted by possession after possession, the Warriors were explosive in the frame, scoring seven unanswered goals.
Add in a terrific performance from goalie Shane Silk, who stoned the Trojans time after time to the tune of 16 saves, and it was a perfect recipe for what turned out to be a 14-9 triumph.
"Hands down, Zach Orner ... he was unbelievable at the faceoff X," Susquehannock coach Grant Zimmerman said. "At the beginning of the game he was a little shaky. But then he started getting the count down and he started feeling it."
After Mike Maddox put the Warriors (13-4 overall, 11-3 Division II) ahead early on, the visitors responded back with a three-goal burst to gain the upper hand. Add in a Foster Hoyt tally early in the second period and the Trojans seemed to be in good shape, up 4-2.
Momentum, however, is really only as good as your faceoff specialist, and with Orner getting on a roll, the home team rallied back. Susquehannock received goals from six different players during a 7-0 run to end the half with a 9-4 lead.
While the teams played even throughout the second half, a good deal of the credit for that goes to Silk. The junior prevented the Trojans from going on any type of runs by getting his net in front of a bevy of shots fired all around him.
"Shane ... I can't say enough about that kid," Zimmerman said. "He's been great for us all year. Hands down one of the best goalies in the county."
Teammate Zach Gloeckner, who finished with two goals and an assist, was glad to have Silk as his goalie.
"He's always like that," Gloeckner said. "He's a big part of our team."
Alex Rebich finished three goals, while Maddox and Adam Kirkendall each scored two goals for the Warriors, who clinched at least second place in the division with the victory. Collin Mailman, Anthony Bettencourt and Hoyt each recorded a pair of goals each for Suburban (12-5, 10-5).
OTHER BOYS' LACROSSE
Spring Grove 13, South Western 4: The host Rockets went up 4-1 in the first quarter, led 6-0 at halftime and 9-4 after three quarters before tacking on another four scores in the final period to come out with the victory. Ty Sager, Ian Piety and Tanner Bolton each tallied three goals to lead the Rockets. Sager and Bolton also each had an assist. Spring Grove goalies Adam Grant (nine saves) and Hunter Sterner (four saves) combined to make 13 stops. Anthony DeVincent had three of South Western's four scores.
Central 20, New Oxford 2: At Central, Max Haldeman led the Panthers with seven goals and six assists. Thomas Kurland had four goals and one assist, Katon Yantek had one goal and four assists, Ian Desenberg had three goals and one assist and Collin George scored two goals. The Panthers outshot the visitors 64-9. Central finishes leage play at 13-2.
OTHER GIRLS' LACROSSE
York Catholic 19, Spring Grove: Coming off a tough overtime loss at Kennard-Dale on Monday, the visiting Irish bounced back Thursday at Spring Grove thanks to 13 different players combining to tally 19 scores en route to victory. Lindsay Givens led the way with five goals, while teammates Shannon Moore and Jess Mazzur each had a pair of scores. Goalie Domenica Shellenberger made five stops to help York Catholic improve to 12-2 in York-Adams League competition, sitting in second place in Division II behind K-D. Casey Franklin had Spring Grove's lone goal in the first half.
Kennard-Dale 18, Eastern 1: At Wrightsville, Morgan Day led the Rams to the York-Adams Division II victory by scoring five goals and adding six assists. Also for K-D, Maggie Beiderman scored three goals, Hannah Bracey scored two goals and had two assists, Abbey Cryser scored two goals and had one assist, Karly Burdette scored two goals, Brooke Davis scored one goal and had one assist and Abi Pietra picked up two assists. K-D finishes divisional play at a perfect 15-0-0 and improves to 16-1-0 overall.
South Western 21, Central 11: At Central, Braxtin Reddinger and Callie Kavanaugh led the Mustangs to the York-Adams Division I victory by each scoring six goals. For the Panthers, MacKenzie Windsor scored three goals, while Addy Billings and Alexis Balanda each scored two goals.
Susquehannock 21, York Suburban 4: At Suburban, Ashley Valway led the Warriors by scoring seven goals and adding two assists. Carly Van Luit scored four goals, Maddie Ellis had two goals and two assists, Gena Speights had three goals and one assist, Morgan Leblanc scored three goals and Emily Fourhman scored two goals. For the Trojans, Alexis Mailman and Karlee Wasilewski each scored two goals. Susquehannock finishes league play at 11-4 and moves to 11-5 overall.
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