Y-A League's best seniors shine in field hockey All-Star game

Ryan Vandersloot
The York Dispatch
  • The Division I vs. Division II game ended in a 2-2 tie.
  • The Division IV team defeated the Division III team, 7-1.
  • New Oxford was awarded the newly-named Amanda Strous Sportsmanship Award for the year.

Life during the regular season can sometimes be demanding for a high school field hockey player.

During postseason all-star games?

Not so much.

That was the sentiment from many of the girls who played in the York-Adams League this season as the annual Senior All-Star Field Hockey game took place Wednesday evening at Dallastown High School.

With so many talented seniors around the league to choose from, there was no way to showcase them all in one game. So the night was broken into two competitions. The first pitted teams from Divisions III and IV against one another while the nightcap squared off a mix of teams from Divisions I and II.

While all players enjoyed playing, no one probably had as much fun as Littlestown's Alexis Morey. The Division IV Player of the Year scored four goals to help her team — dubbed the Dark Purple side — dominate the Light Puple squad, 7-1.

"I thought this was so much fun," said Morey, whose team consisted of players from Gettysburg, Biglerville, Delone and Fairfield in addition to Littlestown. "To play with some of the girls that I've played against for the last four years was pretty awesome."

Molly Lohss of Dallastown, left, tries to block Emily Gillmen of Red Lion during the York-Adams League Field Hockey Division IV All-Star Game, Wednesday, November 16, 2016.  John A. Pavoncello photo

A Shippensburg recruit, Morey was terrific during the regular season in leading the Thunderbolts to the Division IV title. She tallied 26 goals to go with 13 assists in her final season at Littlestown.

Morey, however, was clearly impressed with her teammates and the competition during Wednesday's event more so than personal accomplishments.

"All the teams in the area, the girls are just very welcoming," she said. "So I didn't really mind who we were playing with, I was just really excited because all of the girls on our team were really great."

While Morey was clearly the standout in breaking open the early contest, the nightcap was a much closer. That contest ended in a 2-2 tie.

"It was a good experience," Northeastern's Kendra Meyer said. "It was a fun way to end my high school career. I'll take it to the next level next year at college."

Meyer was on the Dark Purple side that included players from Spring Grove, Red Lion, New Oxford, Susquehannock and Northeastern. That competition led to a quirk in which Division I Player of the Year Kaelyn Long of New Oxford and Division II Player of the Year Brooke Morris of Susquehannock were on the same squad with Meyer.

The Bobcat midfielder was quite impressed already with Long heading into the exhibition contest. Those feelings only grew after Meyer was able to actually play with the Colonials standout.

"She just an awesome player," Meyer said. "Playing against her, it was like no one could beat her. But, I guess, playing with her you get to see that she's a very good teammate. She plays the game really, really hard."

New Oxford awarded Amanda Strous Sportsmanship Award: The teams wore shades of purple in honor of former Dallastown standout Amanda Strous.

Crystal Strous, left, presents the Amanda Strous Sportsmanship Award to the New Oxford field hockey team during the York-Adams League Field Hockey All-Star Games at Dallastown High School, Wednesday, November 16, 2016.  John A. Pavoncello photo

Strous, who played on four Division I championship teams at Dallastown, was killed over the summer in her apartment in North Carolina.

Many of the teams, including Dallastown, held fund raisers to benefit the Amanda Strous Scholarship Fund this season. The York-Adams Chapter of Field Hockey Officials decided to rename the annual sportsmanship award that they award to one of the league's teams the Amanda Strous Sportsmanship Award. This season's winner. which was honored between the two contests, was New Oxford.

"I think that was amazing," Meyer said. "I honestly do, We want to support her memory in every single way and she will always be in our thoughts."

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com