SPRING GROVE — After getting left out of the York-Adams League boys’ lacrosse playoffs a season ago, the Susquehannock Warriors are looking to avoid a repeat of that disappointment in 2018.
To do so, coach Russ LeBlanc and his squad will have to avoid complacency.
That was not a problem Thursday evening when the Warriors took on an upstart Spring Grove squad with a similar goal in mind.
Two days after a disappointing loss to Central on their home field, the Susquehannock boys found themselves in another tight battle with a Rockets side that was coming off an upset of Dallastown on Tuesday.
Trailing by a goal at the intermission, the Warriors scored three times in the second half, including the game-winning goal by Gavin Held early in the fourth quarter, to claim a 6-5 triumph.
Susquehannock improved to 7-3 overall and 6-2 in the league, while the Rockets fell to 6-4 and 5-3.
“This was an important game for us just to keep pace,” LeBlanc said. “They (Spring Grove) are really good. They gave us all that we could handle, that’s for sure.”
On another cold and blustery spring night, offensive production was at a premium. Neither side was able to gain a comfortable advantage. The Warriors took a 3-1 lead early in the second quarter only to see the Rockets rally back for three straight tallies that put the home team ahead 4-3 at the break.
Possessions and attacks were difficult to sustain. Overall, the defenses forced more than 50 combined ground balls.
“We had some problems with our stick-work tonight,” LeBlanc said. “We had some unforced errors, which is uncharacteristic of us.”
The Rockets, however, could not take advantage. They had their share of issues with controlling the ball, too. The Rockets were also hit with six penalties, which helped the visitors rally in the second half.
“We had a lot of dumb penalties,” Spring Grove coach Scott Toman said. “They only scored on man-up plays in the second half. We didn’t keep our heads, which is something I preach to these guys all the time.”
After a double-penalty forced the Rockets to play a man down with just under a minute left to play, the home team forced a critical turnover with 13.9 second left. A last-second shot, however, was snuffed out by Susquehannock goalie Connor Kernan to seal the Warrior victory.
While it may not have been the prettiest victory of the season for LeBlanc’s crew, the Glen Rock boys certainly will take it.
“Coming off of playing Central, whose a very good team and I give them a lot of credit for doing what they do, but we just have to come out and have the mindset that we had tonight,” said Susquehannock senior attacker Jacob Bedgar. “We have to show that we can play like a Central and play like a top team in the county.”
Bedgar finished with two goals. One of a bunch of seniors on the Warrior roster, Bedgar found the net late in the third period on the man-advantage to put his team ahead to stay at 5-4.
“We have great coaches,” Bedgar said. “We’re just doing our jobs.”
Zeb Hollinger led the Rockets with three goals, all of which came in the first half.
Central York 18, Kennard-Dale 0: At Central, the Panthers improved to 10-0 overall and 8-0 in the York-Adams League. The Panthers' offensive leaders were: Coley Bagwell (three goals, two assists), Ryan Fahs (goal, four assists), Connor Hoch (two goals, three assists), Kade Bricker (three goals, assist) and Matthew Hawksworth (three goals).
Dallastown 12, Eastern York 7: At Wrightsville, the Wildcats improved to 8-2 overall and 7-2 in the York-Adams League. Ethan Pickett (four goals, three assists), Tanner Haines (four goals), Braven Morris (three goals, two assists) and Ryan Dodson (goal, assist) led Dallastown. Eastern was led by Bryce Henise (two goals, two assists) and Jake Crumling (two goals).
York Catholic 11, York Suburban 7: At Suburban, the Irish prevailed behind five goals from Chandler Hake, a goal and three assists from Cole Witman and three goals from Dimitri Alalfitano. Suburban was led by Austin Sipes (three goals, assist), Dominic Corto (two goals, assist), Bryce Gavin (goal, assist) and Riley Purcell (goal, assist).