York County teams flex muscles, go 5-0 Saturday in PIAA lacrosse, volleyball action

  • Susquehannock and Kennard-Dale have made the PIAA Class 2-A girls' lacrosse semifinals.
  • York Catholic has advanced to the 2-A state semifinals in boys' lacrosse.
  • Northeastern (2-A) and Central York (3-A) are in the boys' volleyball state semifinals.

York County teams flexed their muscles during PIAA state quarterfinal action on Saturday in lacrosse and boys' volleyball.

The local teams went a combined 5-0, with all five teams now advancing to the state semifinals on Tuesday.

The Northeastern and Central York boys' volleyball teams triumphed, as did the Kennard-Dale and Susquehannock girls' lacrosse teams and the York Catholic boys' lacrosse team.

Kennard-Dale's Amelie Gamache drives the ball while Susquehannock's Amaya Rutzel defends during York-Adams League girls' lacrosse championship action at Horn Field in Red Lion, Friday, May 11, 2018. Kennard-Dale would win the title game 9-8. The two teams will meet again Tuesday in the state semifinals. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Rams, Warriors to meet again: The York-Adams League is again guaranteed a state finalist in 2-A girls' lacrosse.

After state quarterfinal wins on Saturday, Y-A rivals Kennard-Dale and Susquehannock will meet for the third time this season, this time in the state semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Central York. 

The two teams split their two previous meetings, with Susquehannock winning in the regular season on April 3, 11-10 in overtime, while K-D won in the Y-A playoff championship game on May 11, 9-8.

The Rams and Warriors also met in last year's state semifinals, with K-D earning a 15-7 win to become the first York County lacrosse team to make a state championship match. The Rams lost in the 2-A final a year ago to Radnor.

K-D (20-4), the fourth-place team from District 3, punched its ticket to the state semifinals by gaining a measure of revenge with a 13-9 win Saturday over District 3 2-A champion Hershey at Penn Manor. The Trojans had beaten K-D in the district semifinals, 12-11.

The Rams' stat leaders on Saturday were Maddie Day (three goals, two assists), Eden Sterner (three goals, two assists), Morgan Bowings (three goals, assist), Amelie Gamache (three goals), Mackenzie Young (three assists) and Maria Schneider (12 saves).

Susquehannock (21-4), meanwhile, captured a 13-8 victory over District 7 runner-up Quaker Valley on Saturday in quarterfinal action at State College. The Warriors jumped out to an 8-4 halftime lead and never looked back.

Susquehannock's leaders on Saturday were Kalen Hancock (four goals), Emma Stiffler (four goals), Kenna Hancock (three goals, assist), Riley Roeder (goal, two assists) and Sam McGuire (10 saves).

The other 2-A state girls' lacrosse semifinal pits District 1 champ Villa Maria vs. District 1 runner-up Radnor. The state title match is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at West Chester East High School.

York Catholic's Brennan Witman, left, drives the ball while Central York's Logan Paluch defends during York-Adams League boys' lacrosse championship action at Horn Field in Red Lion, Friday, May 11, 2018. The Irish have advanced to the state 2-A semifinals. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Irish keep making history: On Tuesday, the York Catholic Fighting Irish made history by becoming the first York County team to earn a boys' lacrosse state victory.

On Saturday, the Irish became the first county team to make the boys' lacrosse state semifinals with a 15-10 victory over District 2 champion Crestwood at Emmaus.

Drew Snelbaker (21 of 25 on face-offs), Cole Witman (two goals, five assists), Chandler Hake (five goals), Dimitri Amalfitano (four goals, assist), Matthew Cassidy (goal, two assists), Joey Fiorenza (goal, assist) and Jarrod Kohl (nine saves) led York Catholic.

The York-Adams League champion Irish (19-5) rallied from a 4-2 deficit after one period to dominate the final three quarters, 13-6, including scoring seven of the last eight goals.

York Catholic's next contest vs. District 1 champion Bishop Shanahan will be a major challenge. District 1 teams have won all but two of the boys' lacrosse state championships. Shanahan beat Y-A member South Western in the first round of states, 18-4. York Catholic, the third-place team from District 3, also handled South Western easily in their regular-season meeting in early April, 16-6.

The Shanahan-York Catholic semifinal is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Cumberland Valley High School. The other 2-A boys' lacrosse semifinal pits Strath Haven, the third-place team from District 1, against District 7 champion Mars. The 2-A state championship boys' match is 2:30 p.m. Saturday at West Chester East High School.

Central York's Matthew Minkin, left, leaps to block Austin Richards of Northeastern during the York-Adams League boys' volleyball championship, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Both teams have advanced to the state 2-A semifinals. John A. Pavoncello photo

Northeastern dominates: Northeastern dominated Dock Mennonite 25-12, 25-12, 25-17 in 2-A boys' volleyball quarterfinal action at Exeter. The Bobcats are attempting to win a sixth-straight state championship and are currently ranked No. 1 in the state in the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association poll.

Cole Brillhart (11 kills), Austin Richards (36 assists), Wyatt Hughes (nine kills) and Alex Finch (eight kills) paced Northeastern.

The District 3 2-A champion Bobcats (21-0) will next face Palmyra, the third-place team from District 3, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cumberland Valley. Palmyra was ranked No. 3 in the latest PCVA 2-A state poll. Palmyra advanced to the semifinals with a 3-0 victory over District 2 champion Holy Redeemer.

The Northeastern-Palmyra winner will advance to the 2-A state final at 11 a.m. Saturday at Penn State's Rec Hall. The other 2-A semifinal on Tuesday pits District 3 runner-up Manheim Central vs. District 10 champion Cambridge Springs.

Panthers rally for win: Central York (17-3), meanwhile, rallied past Cumberland Valley 26-28, 25-13, 25-18, 25-20 in a meeting of District 3 3-A boys' volleyball powers at Red Lion. Cumberland Valley had finished second in the district 3-A playoffs, while Central York was third. The PVCA had both of those teams ranked in the same spots in the state — Cumberland Valley at No. 2 and Central York at No. 3.

The Panthers' victory avenged a 3-1 loss to Cumberland Valley in the district semifinals.

Central York's stat leaders were Cole Johnson (14 kills, six digs), Braden Richard (13 kills, eight digs, five blocks) and Brock Anderson (39 assists, nine digs, five blocks).

Central York, the defending 3-A state champion, will now travel to Johnstown's Richland High School on Tuesday for a 3-A state semifinal meeting with District 7 champion North Allegheny at 7 p.m. North Allegheny is ranked No. 4 in the state PVCA 3-A poll.

The winner advances to the state title match at 1 p.m. Saturday at PSU's Rec Hall. The other 3-A semifinal on Tuesday pits District 11 champion Emmaus vs. District 3 champion Hempfield, which is No. 1 in the state in 3-A according to the PVCA.