GLEN ROCK — It was do or die for the Red Lion boys’ lacrosse team on Thursday night.
The Lions wrapped up the York-Adams League regular season with a battle against Susquehannock.
The Lions came in trailing the Warriors in the standings by a game. That meant the visitors from Red Lion would be eliminated from the league playoff discussion with a setback.
Fortunately for the black and gold, they had senior Eli Workinger.
Entering the night with six career overtime game-winning tallies over his four standout seasons, the Red Lion star did it again in grand fashion.
With time running out in overtime, Workinger took a pass and shook off a defender before lasering a high shot past the Susquehannock goalie to lift his team to a thrilling 8-7 triumph.
The Lions and Warriors are now tied for third in the league standings with identical 10-3 records. With South Western also sporting a 10-3 mark, the league officials may have to burn the midnight oil to determine the deciding tiebreakers for the No. 3 and 4 seeds in next week’s playoffs.
“We needed this,” Red Lion coach Pat Stafford said. “And if we make it in (to the playoffs), this is a really good game to push us into it.”
On a must-have occasion, it was no surprise for Workinger to try to take over. The senior did just that, scoring three times in regulation before ending it with a fantastic shot.
“As soon as we got the (possession) I was just trying to calm everyone down,” Workinger said. “We just have to run our offense. I mean we practice for this all the time and tonight it paid off.”
Workinger regained possession off a pass after a teammate was checked by a Warrior defender about 10 yards away from the net. He looked up, made a move and then did what he’s done so many times before.
“I saw there was just six seconds (left) and it was a last-shot (situation),” he said. “And I just thought to myself that before we go to the next overtime that I just have to get it off. And it went in.”
That set off a frantic celebration in the visiting stands and on the field for the Lions, who mobbed their leader.
“When you’ve got a guy, you’ve got a guy,” Stafford said with a grin. “You have to trust him and that’s what we do.”
The host Warriors were understandably upset afterwards. With a chance to clinch one of the four seeds in the upcoming playoffs, the Susquehannock boys came up short. They'll now have to wait and see if they even qualify.
Ben Tomasic and Gavin Held each scored two goals apiece to lead the Warriors. Michael Wilburn had two goals for the Lions.
OTHER BOYS' LACROSSE
Central York 27, Delone Catholic 2: At Central, the Panthers dominated to improve to 13-2 overall and 11-2 in the Y-A League. Kade Bricker (three goals, six assists), Ryan Fahs (four goals, three assists), Matt Hawksworth (five goals, assist), Ryan Kilgour (three goals, assist) and Drake Little (two goals, assist) paced the winners.
Kennard-Dale 20, Dover 8: At Dover, the Rams improved to 13-3 overall and 12-1 in the Y-A League behind Megan Halczuk (four goals, two assists), Chloe Fornoff (three goals), Amelie Gamache (three goals, five assists), Autumn Kraemer (three goals, one assist), Jenna Soukaseum (two goals, three assists) and Mackenzie Young (two goals, assist). Dover was led by Paige Lantz (two goals, assist), Annie Long (two goals) and Bekah Baker (two goals).
York Catholic 17, Dallastown 3: At York Catholic, Kennedy Eckert led the Irish, scoring four goals. Also for the Irish, Olivia Staples had three goals and one assist, Sydney Mentzer had two goals and two assists, Ella Linthicum had two goals and one assist, Shannon Staples scored two goals and Natalie Neiman had one goal and two assists. The Irish improved to 16-0 overall and finished 12-0 in Y-A action.
Susquehannock 10, Red Lion 5: At Red Lion, Rachel Oestrike (five goals), Kalen Hancock (three goals, two assists) and Sam McGuire (four saves) led the Warriors (10-5 overall, 9-3 Y-A League). Kaiya Edwards (three goals) and Zoe Watson (11 saves) paced the Lions.
York Suburban 8, West York 7: At Suburban, the Trojans prevailed behind big nights from Kamille Wasilewski (three goals), Sofia Corto (two goals) and Lulu Mooney (goal, assist). Lizzie Wood led West York with four goals.
Dallastown 9, Penn Manor 8 (8 innings): At Dallastown, the Wildcats (15-2) plated the game-winning run the in the bottom of the eighth to capture the walk-off victory. Cole Bankert led the Wildcats by going 2 for 4, including a double, with two RBIs and two runs scored. Also for Dallastown, Chase Hoecke went 2 for 3 with a double, one RBI, two runs scored and two walks; Darren Sciortino went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and one RBI and relief pitcher Evan Beach threw four innings while allowing two hits, one run, walked four and struck out none. Penn Manor fell to 8-10.
Red Lion 14, South Western 2 (6 innings): At Hanover, Nathan Hodgkinson led the Lions by belting two doubles with three RBIs and two runs scored. Also for the Lions (9-4 overall and in the Y-A League), Kyle Daugherty went 2 for 3 with a double, two RBIs and one run scored; C.J. Czerwinski doubled with two RBIs and two runs scored; Tyler Ness went 2 for 4, including a double, with two RBIs and one run scored; and Ben Price and Channing Bratton each had two RBIs.
Dover 5, Big Spring 4: At Big Spring, the Eagles’ bullpen threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win. After Zack Copp allowed four runs (two earned) in 3 2/3 innings, Nathan Ifkovits, Jeremy Bentzel and Andrew Chronister combined for 3 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and striking out four. Leadoff hitter Dallas Evans went 1 for 4 with two RBIs, and Anthony Friday had a double and three RBIs. Dover is 10-8 overall.
Christian School of York 6, Fairfield 3: At Fairfield, John Quigley led the Crusaders by going 2 for 4, including a homer, with two RBIs and one run scored. Also for CSY, Ivan Vuckovic went 3 for 4 with a double and one RBI, Isaiah Shaffer went 3 for 4 with one run scored, Lane Ferrance went 3 for 4 with one RBI, Levi Thomson went 2 for 4 with one run scored and Mario Lopez threw a complete game, striking out 12, walking two and allowing two earned runs. For the Green Knights, Colton Devilbiss went 2 for 2.
Delone Catholic 8, Susquehannock 4: At Glen Rock, Lauren Little led the Squirettes (14-3) by going 3 for 4 with three runs scored. Teammate Katie Ernst had two doubles, three RBIs and one run scored. For the Warriors, Anna Bryan went 2 for 4, including a double, with one run scored, while Grace Wetzel had two RBIs.
Spring Grove 6, West York 4: At West York, the Rockets plated four runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead and went on to capture the victory. Krysten Moore led the Rockets (15-1) by going 3 for 4 with a double and one run scored. Also for the Rockets, Hannah Gartrell went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, Bailey Rapson went 2 for 4, including a double, with one RBI and one run scored; and Chloe Sullivan doubled and picked up two RBIs. For the Bulldogs (10-7), Hannah Harlacker doubled with three RBIs, Breanna Harvey homered and Jaylin Belton doubled.
York Suburban 3, Spring Grove 0: The host Trojans (10-2, 8-2) won 25-18, 25-17, 25-15. Declan Ridings had 15 kills and five digs. Nathan Bowman had 16 kills, eight digs, two assists, four aces and four blocks. Noah Chojnacki had 35 assists and five digs. Harrison Gettle led the Trojans with 12 digs.
Pequea Valley 4, West York 0: At Hershey, the No. 7 seed Bulldogs fell in a District 3 Class 2-A quarterfinal match vs. No. 2 seed Pequea Valley. West York finished at 10-4. Pequea Valley improved to 19-1.
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