FIELD HOCKEY: Dallastown brushes off Panthers, insects
- Dallastown beat Central York 3-0 on Monday in meeting of unbeaten York-Adams Division I powers.
- The Wildcats improved to 5-0 in York-Adams League action.
- Nicole Crumling scored a pair of goals in the Dallastown triumph.
EMIGSVILLE — There are a number of things that field hockey players normally have to worry about on game days.
Things such as the opponent, the weather and the field conditions, just to name a few.
One concern that rarely rears its head, however, became a big focus of Monday afternoon’s clash between York-Adams League Division I rivals Dallastown and Central York.
How would the players deal with an infestation of pesky pests?
Some flying insects invaded Panther Stadium on Monday afternoon, much to the chagrin of both clubs, who each entered the contest with perfect 4-0 league records. Not quite mosquitoes and not quite houseflies, the pests certainly had the players clamoring for bug repellent.
While playing in such conditions was not typical for either side, the visiting Wildcats played as if it didn’t bother them in the second half. After the two top clubs in the division were mired in a scoreless deadlock at the intermission, Dallastown got a pair of goals from Nicole Crumling over the final half to secure an impressive 3-0 triumph.
“It was gross,” Crumling said about dealing with the insects. “I actually had one in my mouth guard. But it didn’t really bother me too much other than that. You just keep moving so they don’t really sit on you.”
Both of Crumling’s goals were of the clean-up variety. She slapped home her first tally just under nine minutes into the half after collecting a rebound. She did it again about five minutes later to make the lead 2-0.
“The first one was off a rebound, which is always important,” said Crumling, who tied a career high with her two goals. “The second one was really lucky because that was off a rebound too. It looked like it was going (wide) but it just barely went in.”
Kaylee Frey closed out the scoring with just more than 10 minutes remaining.
The focus and passion that Coach Jeri Myers’ team displayed in the second half was certainly pleasing to the veteran coach.
“We were a second-half team today for some reason,” Myers said with a smile.
After the break, Myers felt that her team played with more poise and confidence — two things that her club hasn’t consistently demonstrated for an entire 60 minutes this season. When her teams do that, she knows they can be successful.
“We played great in the Keystone Cup this weekend against Lower Dauphin,” she said. “So I know where we can be. We just have to be able to rise to that level and be able to do that every game.”
Doing that is particularly key this season, when the York-Adams League has been changed from three divisions to four. Previously, the top two teams in Division I would qualify for the league playoffs, but starting this year, only the division winners will advance.
The tough part about that is Division I is loaded with strong teams. As a result, at least one quality team, and likely more, will be left out of the league playoffs come October. In crossover action early in the season, Division I teams have dominated their counterparts in Division II.
The division alignment is set by school enrollment. Myers, however, wouldn’t mind some adjustments in the league alignment — namely moving perennial powers Gettysburg and Bermudian Springs into Division II from Division III. She’s not overly worried about the possible outcome. She’s just taking things one game at a time.
“We focus on what is in the present,” she said. “Everybody lives for the future, but I like to live in the present. Enjoy the day, enjoy the moment, enjoy the game. We’ll worry about the future and who we play (down the road) when that comes.”
Dallastown outshot Central 8-1, which matched the spread in penalty corners for the contest.
Susquehannock 2, West York 1 (OT): At West York, Brooke Morris scored an overtime goal to lift the Warriors to the win. Lauryn Wojcik also scored for the Warriors, while Paige Weekly scored for West York. Susquehannock goalie Emma Deluca got the win in goal, making four saves. Chloe Smith had eight saves for West York. Susquehannock won the JV match, 1-0.
Gettysburg 2, Kennard-Dale 1: At Fawn Grove, the Warriors received one goal apiece from Anna Coale and Maddie Hubbard to secure the victory. For the Rams, Emma Lucas scored the lone goal, while Emmie Dressel added an assist and Lauren Lisek made eight stops in goal.
Bermudian Springs 4, Eastern York 0: At York Springs, Kayla Pyles led the Eagles to the victory by scoring one goal and adding two assists. The Eagles defense limited the Golden Knights to three shots on goal. Bermudian won the JV match, 7-1.
New Oxford 5, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, Kaelyn Long collected three goals to lead the Colonials. Spring Grove goalie Camille Lecrone made 15 saves. New Oxford also won the JV match, 2-0.
Littlestown 4, Biglerville 2: At Biglerville, Alexis Morey powered the Thunderbolts by scoring two goals and adding one assist. Littlestown won the JV match, 1-0.
South Western 3, Dover 1: At Dover, the Mustangs received one goal apiece from Keirstyn Burk, Jessica Sillyman and Kayla Hersh. For the Eagles, Caelin Burr scored a lone goal. South Western won the JV match, 5-0.
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