GLEN ROCK – Perhaps it was just a coincidence.
Still, it sure seems like there must be something special about the field hockey turf at Susquehannock High School.
Last year’s York-Adams League playoff championship game on Susquehannock’s home field saw Bermudian Springs put forth an incredible rally. The Eagles stormed back from a 2-0 deficit in the last five minutes before eventually defeating Central York.
Monday’s contest between the host Warriors and Dallastown nearly matched that contest in late-game intrigue.
With just under two minutes left in regulation, the Susquehannock girls broke a 1-1 tie when Anabeth Wentzel scored to put the home team ahead.
The Dallastown girls believed they evened the score with just a few seconds left on the clock when Cassie Beeler’s hard shot found the cage.
Even though Beeler’s shot originated from outside of the circle, the Wildcats made the case with the officials that the shot was touched by a Dallastown player before it went into the cage.
The ruling by the officials, however, was that it was not a goal, giving the Warriors a thrilling 2-1 triumph.
“The call didn’t go our way and unfortunately that’s the game,” Dallastown coach Emily Taylor said.
The closeness of the battle between two of the better teams in the bigger school divisions of the league — Dallastown in Division I and Susquehannock in Division II — was certainly not unexpected. Both programs entered the day with perfect 2-0 marks in the league, with their only losses at the hands of exceptional Mid-Penn squads.
Warriors coach excited about present and future: While Taylor is still making progress in just her first season at the helm with the Wildcats, Susquehannock coach Elizabeth Lease is excited for the present and future of her program. In just her second season at the helm, Lease’s team has but two senior starters on the roster.
One of those seniors is Lauren Wojcik, a two-time Division II all-star, who scored the first goal of the contest just under a minute into play to begin the second half.
While Wojcik is a headliner, it’s players such as Wentzel, who is just a sophomore, as well goalie K.C. O’Neill, who is a freshman, who make Lease excited just knowing that both figure to be around for years to come.
“It’s mostly underclassmen starting, so it’s a pretty young team,” Lease said. “And it’s awesome to see them come together and get it done out there today.”
The triumph marked the third in a row for the Warriors (3-1 overall, 3-0 Division II) following a 4-0 loss to Mid-Penn power Northern York to begin the season.
“I’m really proud of the girls,” Lease said. “They possessed and passed the ball better than maybe even they knew that they could today and that’s really good to see.”
Taylor hopes Wildcats learn from losses: Taylor, who is trying to follow in the footsteps of her legendary predecessor, Jeri Myers, was certainly disappointed with the end result for the Wildcats, who dropped to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in Division I. The first-year field hockey boss is hoping that her program learns from losses such as the one Monday, as well as the ones against Mid-Penn powers Cumberland Valley to begin the season and Lower Dauphin Saturday afternoon.
“I’m probably one of the most competitive coaches around,” Taylor said. “I mean no one likes to lose, especially me because I’m probably the worst person when we lose, but I think that message is to stay positive and not be a sore loser. We’ll come back to practice tomorrow and Wednesday and we’ll forget this game and focus on the next one. We don’t dwell.”
Cameron Eveler scored Dallastown’s only official goal of the contest with 17 minutes left in the second half to even the score at 1-1.
OTHER FIELD HOCKEY
Central York 5, York Suburban 0: At Central, the Panthers rolled behind a goal and three assists from Victoria Whitehead. Abby Lamison scored twice for Central, while Quinn Stoppard and Garce Harrold each scored once. Maliyah Benson also had an assist for the Panthers.
South Western 3, Red Lion 2: At Red Lion, Albanie Hersh found the back of the net with 15:38 remaining in the match to break a 2-2 tie for the Mustangs. Hersh also scored a first-half goal and added an assist on another second-half goal. For the Lions, Kaiya Edwards and Kennedy Bratton each scored one goal.
Dover 2, Northeastern 0: At Dover, the home team triumphed behind goals from Mallory Price and Makensie Husson.
Hanover 4, Kennard-Dale 1: At Hanover, Ella Krenzer led the home team to the victory by recording a hat trick and adding one assist. For the Rams, Alayna Eller scored the lone first-half goal.
Bacha shoots 5-under 61 at Bridgewater: Central York standout Carson Bacha fired a 5-under-par 61 at the par-66 Bridgewater Golf Club on Monday to lead the Panthers to the York-Adams Division I golf victory. Central finished with a 282 total to beat second-place Dallastown by 14 shots. Northeastern was third at 322, followed by Red Lion (357), New Oxford (357), South Western (366) and Spring Grove (387). Dallastown's Michael DeRose was second individually with a 70, followed by Central's Jun Lee (71), Spring Grove's Karl Frisk (72) and Dallastown's Makensy Knaub (72). Dallastown still leads Division I at 22-2, while Central is 21-3.
Delone wins Division III tournament: The Delone Catholic golf team took over sole possession of first place in York-Adams Division III with a team triumph at Range End. The Squires finished first at 330, followed by York Catholic (345), Bermudian (383), Hanover (390), Fairfield (410) and York Tech (418). Delone is now 14-1 on the season, while York Catholic is 13-2. Biglerville's Daniel Harman and York Catholic's Russ McPaul tied for individual medalist honors at 76. Delone was led by Corbyn Keller at 80, Josh Sherdel at 81 and Nick Carpenter at 84. They finished third, fourth and fifth individually.
Kennard-Dale 5, Littlestown 0: At Fawn Grove, the Rams improved to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in York-Adams Division II. K-D received straight-set singles victories from Brianna Miller, Meghan Hawkins and Brianna Serruto. In doubles,Julie Rubelmann and Grace Maccarelli combined to win the No. 1 match, while Shannon Fletcher and Victoria Santoriello won the No. 2 match.
Central York 3, Dallastown 2: At Central York, the Panthers captured two of the three singles matches in straights sets, with Audrey Stewart winning the No. 2 match and Daniella Feistritzer winning the No. 3 match. In doubles, Maria Houseman and Prital Prabhu won the No. 1 match in three sets for Central. For the Wildcats, Meghan Salaga won the No. 1 singles match in straight sets, while Lana Dumnich and Catharine Lasher won the No. 1 doubles match in three sets. Central improved to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in York-Adams Division I. Dallastown fell to 5-1 and 3-1.
South Western 5, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, the Mustangs received straight-set singles victories from Emma Hynson, Sarah McComas and Sarah Wiles. In doubles, Emma Cockey and Meredith Lucey won the No. 1 match, while Rachel Smith and Skylar Zepp won the No. 2 match.
West York 4, Delone Catholic 1: At West York, the Bulldogs received straight-set singles victories from Alisa Steele and Lexi Sanderson. In doubles, Alexa Stackhouse and Amara Weaver won the No. 1 match, while Charlotte Whitesel and Elise Darr won the No. 2 match. For the Squirettes, Olivia Roth won a singles match.
Northeastern 5, Dover 0: At Dover, the Bobcats captured all three singles matches in straight sets with victories from Jillian Laughman, Jiselle Castano and Taylor Forry. In doubles, Katie Harrison and Lael Marshall won the No. 1 match, while Olivia Reik and Laura Shearer won the No. 2 match.
New Oxford 4, Susquehannock 1: At Glen Rock, the Warriors' only point came from the No. 2 doubles team of Julia Thomas and Livia Haines. Kasi Conjack, Molly Socks and Kayla Hoffman swept the singles for the Colonials.
York Catholic 4, Hanover 1: The Lady Irish got singles wins from Annie Stich (No. 1) and Natalie Javitt (No. 3). They also swept doubles behind Lorrie Schlosser/Alexis Weigard and Ireland Brennan/Ella Linthicum. Michaelle McDaniel earned a singles win for Hanover.
York Suburban 3, Dover 0: At Dover, the Trojans won the nondivisional road match, 25-13, 25-10, 25-5. Caitlin Springer led the Trojans with 20 assists, seven digs and four aces. Also for Suburban, Lauren Guyer had five aces and seven digs, Lulu Mooney had six kills and Peyton Lando had three aces and three digs. No Eagles statistics were available.
Spring Grove 3, New Oxford 0: At New Oxford, the Rockets rolled to a 25-16, 25-17, 25-19 victory. Hailey Wolfe (10 kills, 10 digs), Kaylyn Zeigler (nine kills, nine assists), Maddie Ruhland (14 assists) and Falyn McGlynn (13 digs) led the Rockets. New Oxford was paced by Morgan Adams (eight kills, four aces) and Torrin Kelley (17 assists).
Central York 3, Manheim Twp. 0: At Central, the Panthers were paced to the 25-23, 25-22, 25-10 nonleague win by Alexa Shorts (12 kills) and Abbey Stiffler (12 assists, seven digs).
Susquehannock 3, Biglerville 2 (OT): At Biglerville, the visitors remained unbeaten on the season with an overtime victory. Sam Thomas scored the winner on a high floater from a very hard angle. Mason Kaifer and Jonathan Lippy had Susquehannock's other goals. Lazaro Salazar and Jorge Cervantes scored for Biglerville. Nick Koval had three saves to get the win in goal. Susquehannock is now 4-0-1. Biglerville fell to 2-1.
York Suburban 8, Delone Catholic 1: At McSherrystown, the Trojans cruised behind three goals from Danny Gartner and two scores from Parker Lando. Trey Pridgen, Ryan Butler and Alexander Fornadel also scored for Suburban.
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