Dallastown captures York-Adams field hockey championship
MANCHESTER — After capturing their third York-Adams League field hockey title in the past four years on Thursday night, Dallastown's players did some bonding.
They gathered in one of the end zones at the Northeastern High School football stadium for a team photo, and then broke out in song.
The Wildcats sang "We Are Family," the Sister Sledge tune, which was a theme for the Pittsburgh Pirates during their World Series championship season 36 years ago.
"We sing it at the end of preseason, at our invitational tournament, and when we win the county," Dallastown head coach Jeri Myers said. "I think for a girls' team that bonding is important. We do a lot of bonding things. We have a Little Sister, Big Sister program, we went up to Ski Roundtop and did the ropes, we play ultimate frisbee, and we play four square crab soccer."
The Wildcats demonstrated on Thursday night how well they play field hockey.
Dallastown used two second-half goals and a strong defense to secure another championship. The shutout was the 16th of the season for the Wildcats, who are 18-2-0 overall.
"Syd Terroso is one of the best goalkeepers I've ever coached," said Myers, who is in her 35th season as head coach. "Defensively, we don't just count on one player. We try to shut down the other team's best player. I don't think we gave up a penalty corner in the first half tonight."
Dallastown gained 11 penalty corners for the match, compared to two for Bermudian Springs (17-3-0).
Maggie Noll, Lydia Trout and Sophie Beeler all spent time marking Bermudian Springs' standout Mackenzie Farley.
Noll also scored the first goal of the game at the 28-minute, 28-second mark of the second half. Molly Lohss supplied an assist on Noll's strike, which came from just to the left of the cage.
"Usually, I'm not in on the goal cage, but it was 0-0 for far too long, and we needed to score," Noll said. "I just saw the ball and shot."
Noll played on a championship team as a sophomore and saw some playing time as a freshman on a title club, but this year's victory was extra special.
"We (Noll and the other seniors) definitely wanted to go out with a bang," she said. "It was a big thing. We were not going to take a loss and be OK with it."
Abby Kuhn delivered Dallastown's second goal with 14:34 remaining in the match. Kuhn, standing to the right of the cage, scored following a scramble after a penalty corner.
"I was in close and got lucky on a tip reversal," Kuhn said. "It's really exciting to win the championship. We've been playing together for a while. We are family."
OTHER FIELD HOCKEY
Eastern York 9, York Suburban 2: At Wrightsville, Holly Caldwell led the Golden Knights to the York-Adams Division II victory by scoring two goals and adding three assists. Also for Eastern, Bri Goodling scored four goals (her third hat trick of the season), Tia Judy had one goal and two assists and Morgan Buckwalter and Ashton Evans scored one goal apiece. For the Trojans, Madie Devaney and Paige Robinson each scored one goal. Suburban won the JV match, 1-0.
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