EMIGSVILLE — Katon Yantek's play may have fallen a little flat during the middle of the season, but when the Central York boys' lacrosse team needed him most, Yantek delivered.
Seconds after teammate Max Haldeman was stoned on an attempt by Susquehannock goalie Shane Silk (18 saves), Yantek stepped up in the clutch Tuesday night.
In the midst of a 10-10 tie, Yantek scored the game-winning goal with 2:54 left to blunt a 6-1 Warrior run.
While it was tense over the final seconds, the Panthers held off Susquehannock to capture an 11-10 victory in a York-Adams League Tournament semifinal tilt at Central York High School.
The Division I co-champions (15-2) will face rival Dallastown (16-2) in the finals Thursday night at Susquehannock High School. The Wildcats captured the other semifinal 11-6 over Division II champ West York. Dallastown shared the D-I crown with Central.
York Catholic, the No. 2 seed out of Division II, also punched its ticket to the girls' final on Thursday after downing Division I champ South Western, 20-11. The Irish will battle Division II champion Kennard-Dale, which thrashed Dallastown, 26-1.
"It was getting into crunch time," Yantek said of his third and final tally of the night. "I knew what I had to do."
The Warriors, who trailed by as many as five goals (8-3) in the second half, gave it their all down the stretch. Aiden Kirkendall scored five goals to lead the Division II runners-up.
With some extra attention focused on Kirkendall after he drew Susquehannock (13-6) within 9-7 with 10:23 left, his Warrior teammates were able to pick up the slack. Zach Gloeckner, Zach Orner and Colin Riley notched goals to even the score at 10-10 with 3:43 remaining.
"They had a great game plan," Central coach Tom Mayne said. "They played great. And more power to them. They stayed in the game with us. We weren't hitting shots and we had more opportunities, but if you're not hitting the cage, you can't score."
After Yantek's tally put the home team ahead, the Warriors pulled their goalie in an effort to get the ball back. It worked. They forced Central's Max Haldeman (three goals, two assists) out of bounds to get the ball back with under a minute remaining.
Colin George secured a ground ball with about 10 seconds left for Central and he was able to run out the clock to secure the victory.
Ierley leads Dallastown: At Glen Rock, Tanner Ierley (four goals), Bailey Haines (two goals, assist) and Dom Gurreri (goal, assist) led Dallastown to the victory. Seth Wise (two goals, assist) and Tanner Zortman (goal, assist) led West York.
Jack Marks made six saves to get the win in goal, while Jordan Lombardo (six) and Cole Rinehart (two) combined for eight West York saves. Dallastown outshot West York, 19-12. West York fell to 15-4.
York Catholic 20, South Western 11: Despite falling behind early, the Division II runners-up were able to regain control late in the first half.
Led by seven goals from Sarah Gabriele and four more by Lindsey Givens, the Irish (16-2) were able to go on a 9-0 run that spanned the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half.
"It was a game of possessions," said York Catholic coach Rob Linthicum. "At halftime I told them that we have to control the draw, so we switched some things up at the draw circle and the girls did a good job controlling it."
Callie Kavanaugh led South Western (14-4) with a goal and six assists, while Braxtin Reddinger and Lauren Schmidt each scored three goals.
The Irish outscored the Mustangs 12-5 in the second half en route to securing one more shot at the Rams.
York Catholic has never defeated K-D since the sport became sanctioned by the PIAA. They have, however, come as close as you can get, dropping a couple of one-goal games, the last of which was in overtime (14-13) just a few weeks ago.
"They're obviously a very strong team," Linthicum said. "We didn't have Lindsey (Givens) the first time we played them and the second time we had her she was probably 70-75 percent. She seems to be looking pretty good now, so hopefully she's back now ready to play at full strength."
Kennard-Dale 26, Dallastown 1: At Glen Rock, Morgan Day (seven goals), Emmie Dressel (six goals, two assists), Hannah Bracey (three goals, four assists), Abby Cryser (three goals) and Renee Gerring (three goals) powered the Rams.
K-D (18-1) outshot Dallastown, 40-1.
Mary Eckert had 14 saves in a losing effort for Dallastown (7-8-1).
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.