GLEN ROCK — The warm weather days have been few and far between so far in the 2018 York-Adams League boys’ lacrosse season.
Tuesday evening was no exception. A showdown between unbeaten Central York and Susquehannock took place on a cold, windy evening on the turf at Susquehannock High School.
The Panthers, however, haven’t seemed to mind the less-than-ideal weather that has plagued much of the spring so far. Entering the clash with the Warriors, coach Ryan Muller’s team hasn’t played perfectly quite yet, although their 8-0 mark overall certainly is.
Attacker Ryan Fahs helped break open a tie contest at the break by scoring all four of his team-high goals in the second half to lead Central to a 9-6 triumph.
“They were kind of killing us in transition (in the first half),” Muller said. “I wanted to just kind of slow things down and try to make them beat us 6-on-6, which I think we had the advantage. Once we started to slow it down, it became harder for them to score.”
The Warriors, who came in on a five-game winning-streak, scored twice in the last seven minutes of action. Those goals, however, were two of the home team’s three during the second half, when the Panthers’ possession tactics proved effective.
Fahs, too, was a tough chore for the Warriors to defend over the final two periods. Coming off a five-goal performance Monday against Penn Manor, the Panther junior took advantage of his openings, as his team patiently waited for the Susquehannock defense to leave some open space.
“Sometimes the kids just want to play what we call hero-ball,” Muller said. “And it usually doesn’t work out too well. But we have a deep team where anyone can score and that’s a luxury that most other teams don’t have.”
It also helps that Muller has a terrific face-off man in Eastern University recruit Kollin Vaught. Vaught won 18 of the 19 faceoffs that he took, which allowed the Panthers to set up shop, especially in the second half.
“He’s the best around,” Muller said of Vaught. “He works very hard and that carries over to the team. This team works very hard and it shows.”
While Muller was critical of some lapses in his team’s play throughout the night, for the first-year head coach and his team to be on top of the standings with an undefeated record (9-0 overall, 8-0 Y-A) certainly is something he’s proud of.
“Today we kind of got away from some things and gave up a couple of cheap goals and let them hang around,” he said. “There were some moments where I wasn’t too happy, but we got the win. And to be unbeaten is a great feeling. It really is. I’m very thankful for where we are right now.”
Colin Kernan led the Warriors (6-3, 5-2) with three goals, while Ian LeBlanc added a pair.
Red Lion 11, York Suburban 10: At Red Lion, Elijah Workinger led the Lions by scoring three goals and adding two assists. Also for the Lions, Quinten Lyons scored three goals, Dylan Waskiewicz had two goals and one assist, Zach Mentzer added two assists and Trevor Rider had one goal and one assist. For the Trojans, Dominic Corto had three goals and two assists, Austin Sipes had two goals and three assists and Bryce Gavin scored three goals.
Delone Catholic 14, Dover 8: At Dover, Dillon Kadis led the Squires with six goals. Teammate Samuel Meighan scored five goals. For the Eagles, Sean MacDonald scored four goals, while Quinn Shumaker scored two goals.
South Western 14, West York 1: At West York, Sean Quinn (four goals), James Strausbaugh (three goals, assist), Sam Slater (two goals, two assists) and Jake Bollinger (goal, three assists) led the Mustangs.
Spring Grove 14, Dallastown 12: At Dallastown, the Rockets outscored the Wildcats 8-3 in the second half to rally for the win. Zeb Hollinger (two goals, four assists), Jordan Hawkins (three goals, assist), Madison Moore (goal, two assists), Cameron Back (three goals), Jake Delaughter (two goals) and Colson Martin (two goals) paced the Rockets. Dallastown was led by Tanner Haines (five goals), Ethan Pickett (two goals, two assists), Braven Morris (five assists), Josh Sebastian (three goals) and Ryan Dodson (two goals).
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