The Central York boys' lacrosse team got its 2018 season off to a solid start with a 16-8 victory against visiting York Suburban on Thursday, March 29. Elijah Armold, York Dispatch
The Central York High School boys’ lacrosse team has a lot it wants to accomplish this season.
The defending York-Adams League champions have their eyes on a repeat and furthering their playoff run from a season ago that ended in the District 3 Class 3-A semifinals.
However, all of that starts with the first step, which was taken Thursday night at home during a convincing 16-8 victory over a York Suburban club that figures to be quite competitive this season.
At first, it looked like the Trojans might be able to spoil the start of this mission for the Panthers. Once head coach Ryan Muller’s club got rolling, however, there was no looking back in the season opener for both teams.
“I thought we played pretty well,” Muller said. “We kind of bit ourselves with the penalties a little bit. Most of their goals came man-up, so we’ve got to try and stay out of the box and control the ball a bit more and not put ourselves in those situations.”
Trailing 3-1 midway through the first quarter, the Panthers got things rolling and went on an 8-0 surge that ran into the second quarter.
That stretch was bookended by goals from Ryan Fahs, who netted all three of his goals on the night during the scoring spree. Fahs also posted one of his two assists while the Panthers gained the separation needed for victory.
Central’s offensive outburst was finally ended by Dominic Corto’s second of his four goals with 7:12 left before halftime.
Vaught shines: A major reason the Panthers gained such an advantage was the incredible work by Panthers’ face-off get-off all-star Kollin Vaught. It was his sheer strength and skill that saw Central win 23 of 27 face-offs, with Vaught winning 21 of the 24 draws he took.
In fact, the Trojans failed to get the ball into their offensive zone for the first three minutes of the second quarter. Every time the Panthers lit up the scoreboard, Vaught would follow with a face-off win.
“I would say we needed to do better on face-off, but Kollin is a mutant,” Trojans head coach Luke Beam said. “He’s an incredible kid first, but he’s also an incredible face-off guy too. You almost don’t feel bad, he’s such a nice kid.”
Suburban starts fast: Beam’s bunch looked like they might be putting together an early-season upset when Corto assisted on goals by Riley Purcell and Austin Sipes for a quick 2-0 lead. The teams then traded goals before the Panthers took their game up a notch.
“I wish we would have come out a little bit better off the start,” Muller said. “We kind of had a slow start and at times bit ourselves in the foot. But I’m excited, I’m ready and the kids played great tonight.”
Sipes, Corto and Purcell would score in order during a 3-0 run that got the Trojans to within four at 11-7 midway through the third quarter, but that was as close as they would get.
Kilgour, Hoch excel: Ryan Kilgour also had a five-point night for the Panthers, scoring four goals and adding an assist. Connor Hoch netted four goals for the Panthers.
Corto would finish with a game-high six points by scoring four goals and assisting on two others. Blake Wallace made 11 saves in net for the Trojans.
Blaze Hake and Eric Mirkovich split time in net for the Panthers, with each recording a save.
The Panthers were able to slow down one of the league’s better attacks without the services of senior all-star defender Chris Brandstedter, who will miss some time due to a recent eye surgery. However, Muller expects him back soon and credited his other defenders with stepping up and playing well.
“It was definitely a tough loss against a great team. We got better as the day went on, that was the goal,” Beam said. “We had moments where we did really good things and we had moments where we didn’t. That’s first games for you.”
South Western 13, Red Lion 6: At Red Lion, Elijah Workinger had three goals and Trevor Rider added two in a losing cause for the Lions. Sean Quinn's four goals paced South Western.
Susquehannock 21, Delone Catholic 3: At Glen Rock, Colin Kernan (five goals, three assists), Ian LeBlanc (two goals, four assists), Gavin Held (two goals, three assists), Zach Buchanon (four goals) and Jacob Bedgar (three goals) powered the Warriors to the easy win.
Eastern York 17, Spring Grove 7: At Wrightsville, Addison Malone (seven goals, assist), Chelsea Forsyth (four goals, assist) and Lauren Zimmerman (two goals) powered Eastern.
South Western 15, Red Lion 8: At Red Lion, Elizabeth Antoshak led the Mustangs by scoring four goals. For the Lions, Peyton Shima had three goals and two assists, while Samantha Collis scored three goals and Sara Simms had one goal and one assist.
Central York 3, West York 2: At Central York, the Panthers received a singles victory from Jacob Stewart, while Michael Gilliland and Cole Sminkey combined to win the No. 1 doubles match and Roland McPaul and Alex Arrow combined to win the No. 2 doubles match. For the Bulldogs, Augie Citrone and Noah Sanderson each won a singles match.
Red Lion 4, Wilson 1: At Red Lion, the Lions received singles victories from Alec Shue and Cameron Wheeler, while Phil Zeidman and Luke Zeidman combined to win the No. 1 doubles match and Luc Nadeau and Chance Riddle combined to win the No. 2 doubles match.
Susquehannock 5, Hanover 0: At Glen Rock, the Warriors received singles victories from Dominic Snyder, Brendan Paules, and Justin Feild.
Northeastern 5, York Catholic 0: At Manchester, Lance Fries and Josh Sanderson won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles to spark the Bobcats.
Dallastown 2, Hempfield 1: At Hempfield, Coastal Carolina recruit Nick Parker dazzled on the mound for the Wildcats in their season opener, pitching a complete-game five-hitter, striking out nine and walking two. Hempfield starter Ty Vaughn, meanwhile, limited Dallastown to just four hits.
Donegal 11, Eastern York 2: At Donegal, Dyson Renn went 1 for 2 for Eastern in the loss.
Dallastown 8, Lampeter-Strasburg 5: At Dallastown, Elena Rosas belted two homers and drove in four runs to power the Wildcats. Shauna Stotler added three hits, including a triple and a double, for the winners. Kelsie Merriman and Brianna Rufo each added two hits, an RBI and a run. Rufo doubled, while Allison Hoffman tripled. Merriman went the distance to get the win, allowing three earned runs.
Spring Grove 3, Lititz Christian 1: At Lititz Christian, the Rockets won 15-25, 25-15, 25-14, 25-15. Individually for the Rockets, Dalton Mummert had eight kills, four blocks and three aces, Evan Markle had eight kills and 17 digs, Daniel Gonzales had seven kills and six digs and Caleb Becker had 27 assists and six digs. Lititz Christian won the JV match, 2-1.
Lower Dauphin 3, Dallastown 2: At Dallastown, the Wildcats dropped a 22-25, 25-14, 23-25, 25-23 15-11 setback. Ben Ward (19 kills, five digs, three aces), Jake Bixler (19 kills), Mason Figdore (45 assists, nine digs) and Cade Fry (15 digs) paced Dallastown.
Dallastown 3, Gov. Mifflin 0: At Dallastown, the Wildcats rolled, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22. Ward (14 kills) and Figdore (20 assists, five digs) led Dallastown.
Palmyra 3, York Suburban 1: At Suburban, the Trojans fell, 25-15, 20-25, 25-20, 25-21. Noah Chojnacki (30 assists), Luke Babinchak (eight kills, four digs, four blocks) and Nathan Bowman (11 kills, 13 digs) led Suburban. Palmyra won the JV match, 2-0.
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