EMIGSVILLE -- The West York boys' lacrosse team was probably tired of hearing about how they fell to Dallastown in last year's York-Adams League Tournament title match.
The problem was, their coach, Randy Tamblin, wouldn't let the Bulldogs forget about it.
Tamblin reminded them earlier this season in their first-and-only regular-season meeting with the Wildcats, a contest the Bulldogs won with a strong second-half finish.
Then there were some more reminders by the West York coach before, and even during, Tuesday's semifinal clash between the two rivals at Central York High School.
The message apparently was effective. The Bulldogs again pulled off a strong second half. After battling the Wildcats to a 3-3 tie at the break, the Bulldogs used a 16-1 blitz in the second half to rout Dallastown, 19-4.
The 'Dogs were led by four goals from Nick Wilker and three apiece from Hunter Betz and Tanner Gerace.
West York advances to the championship match opposite Central York. The Division I champions rallied from a five-goal second-half deficit to upend Kennard-Dale, 14-13, in the other semifinal Tuesday night.
"We knew it was going to be a battle," Tamblin said. "Our guys were hungry from last year. I kept (asking them) 'how does second taste?' And, you know, they don't like that. They're fighting this year."
West York set the tone early in the second half after a defensive struggle over the first two quarters. Wilker needed just 25 seconds to break the deadlock, before teammate Austin Groff doubled the lead 35 seconds later.
The Bulldogs added two more over the next 68 seconds, and not even a timeout by the Wildcats could halt the momentum. By the time the Wildcats scored with 3:50 left in the third period, West York was already comfortably ahead, 12-4.
"In the first half we were pretty sloppy," Wilker said. "Coach called us out on it and in the second half we came out and made the adjustments."
Tamblin delivered a different message to his team, and that seemed to bolster the players' confidence heading into the second half.
"I just had to tell my guys that they knew they were a good team and we weren't playing like it in the first half," he said.
Dallastown coach Chris Andrews knew it was going to be tough to stop the Bulldogs once they started rolling.
"They were just getting ball possession and going down and scoring very quickly," he said. "On transitions ... that's very hard to defend. Then they got the momentum and they kept going."
While the contest was fiercely competed, the game was played in its entirety without a single penalty.
"A game of this magnitude and there's no penalties, just shows you the discipline that both of these two teams have," Tamblin said.
Three Bulldogs (Devyn Roehm, Alex Raffensberger and Groff) each tallied two goals, while Tanner Brannon finished with three assists. The goalie tandem of Jordan Lombardo and Cole Rinehart combined on 11 saves.
Joe Didusch led the Wildcats with two goals. Goalie Jack Marks finished with five saves.
Now the Bulldogs will attempt to erase the sour taste from last year's title setback to the Wildcats in the finals. To do so, they'll have to get by a Central York team that gave them trouble earlier this season in what turned out to be a 14-9 West York win.
OTHER BOYS' LACROSSE
CENTRAL YORK 14, KENNARD-DALE 13: At Glen Rock, the Panthers outscored the Rams 6-2 in the final quarter to rally for the victory.
Max Haldeman provided the game-winning score with 2:35 left in regulation. Haldeman finished with five goals.
Ian Desenberg and Collin George each added three goals and an assist for Central. Conor Thornton and C.J. Belker each added a goal and an assist.
The Rams were led by Freddy Seitz (three goals, three assists), Jesse Schonbrunner (four goals, assist) and Nate Mikolinis (three goals, two assists). James Barlow added two goals and an assist, while Dave Wallace chipped in a goal and two assists.
Shane Walker made nine saves to get the win in goal. Noah Ash made five saves in a losing cause.
SPRING 12, SOUTH WESTERN 11: At Hanover, Colton Reese (three goals, assist), Austin Barley (two goals, two assists), Trey Baker (two goals, assist), Ty Sager (two goals) and Austin Klunk (two goals) paced the Rockets to the victory in a regular-season contest. Quin Albright (four goals, assist), Ryan Delea (three goals), Cameron Sanders (goal, assist), Jaden Sanders (goal, assist) and Ian Norris (goal, assist) led South Western.
-- Reach Ryan Vander sloot at sports@yorkdis patch.com.