MECHANICSBURG — The 2018 season has been an unprecedented success for the York Catholic boys’ lacrosse squad.
After upsetting Central York in the York-Adams League playoff final, the Fighting Irish became just the second Y-A program to ever make the PIAA draw.
That was just the beginning.
The York Catholic boys built on that success by capturing their first two games of the state tournament, which were also Y-A League firsts.
With a chance to make an historic season even more magical, the Irish hoped to become the first-ever Y-A boys' team to make a state lacrosse final when they squared off against Bishop Shanahan at Eagle View Middle School Tuesday evening.
The Eagles, however, proved to be very unaccommodating to York Catholic’s hopes. The District 1 champs went on a 10-0 run in the first half to firmly take control of the state 2-A semifinal. Things didn’t get much better from there, and the Eagles ended the Irish’s dream season with a 17-5 defeat.
The Irish, who knocked off a pair of district champions to advance to the semifinals, finished their season at 19-6.
“They’re just in a different league than us,” York Catholic coach Shane Harper said. “It’s awesome that we’re here. Now, we do have a really talented team with some really talented kids, but this team (Shanahan) was in a different league than us.”
The Irish actually scored the game’s first goal when Chandler Hake, who scored four of his team’s five goals, found the net 16 seconds into the action.
"I think that (Shanahan) was still maybe getting off the bus a little bit,” Harper said. “And I think they were like, ‘OK, now it’s time for us to show up.’ And from there on out it was just them playing their game.”
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