GLEN ROCK — It's not too ordinary for a freshman — no matter how talented — to jump right into a starting role for a strong program such as the Kennard-Dale girls' lacrosse team.
But ordinary is not really an adjective that can be used to describe goalie Clare Boone.
Standing at just 5-feet, 2-inches, the Ram freshman is not the most imposing of backstops. But agility and instincts are two main reasons that Boone is the starting goalie for a K-D program that advanced to the PIAA state playoffs a season ago.
Unfortunately for Susquehannock, Boone was at it again Thursday night when the Rams visited the Warriors in an early-season clash of unbeatens in the York-Adams League.
The freshman made 10 saves, many of which changed the momentum of the contest. Those stops proved timely as the potent K-D offense was held in check throughout a tightly contested first half. Some penalty issues, however, put the home team in some hot water in the second half. And like all good teams, the Rams made them pay for it.
Led by a four goals from Morgan Day and two goals to go with three assists by Emily Dressel, the visitors escaped from Susquehannock with an 11-6 triumph.
K-D improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the league, while Susquehannock dropped to 3-1 overall and 3-1 in league action.
"She's played extremely well," K-D coach Kelly Wetzel said. "A defensive stop or a goal is big for momentum."
Boone, who cemented her job as the starting goalie after a terrific performance in the season opener against West York, has played like anything but a freshman so far. The diminutive keeper took the goalie job with no reservations about stepping into a pivotal role for such a talented squad.
"When she came out (for the team) it was definitely amazing to see," Day said. "We knew that she would help us out big time."
Day said Boone has the quickest hands she has ever seen. The youngster has been up to the pressures of the position and the sport so far.
"There's definitely a lot of pressure," Boone said. "Especially playing goalie, since it's normally just you and the attacker. But I've gotten pretty used to it."
Boone was needed several times in the first half when the Rams were only able to put up four goals against a stout Susquehannock side. But penalties and turnovers helped fuel the visitors to a 6-1 run in the second half that all but put the contest away.
Getting those scores in the second half certainly made life a lot easier for Boone.
"That definitely turned the game around and we had a big momentum swing," Boone said. "That just really boosts me up too."
Day has been amazed fairly regularly by the spectacular saves she's seen from her goalie this season
"She can see that ball coming and acts so phenomenally," Day said. "And she's not afraid to step out of the goal and be like an eighth defender for us. I don't know if that came into play too much tonight, but in other games it's a huge benefit to us."
On the other side of the field, the Warriors were not surprisingly disappointed in how things turned out.
"We felt we were playing against some adversity (in the second half)," said Warrior coach Steve Marshner. "(It's) 4-3 at halftime ... we were really proud of that. We normally put a lot more goals up than that (six). But it just didn't happen and credit to their defense. And their keeper was awesome."
Amber Orner had a solid day in goal for Susquehannock. She recorded eight saves. Attackers Katelyn Welch and Rachel Marshner paced the Warriors with two goals apiece, with Welch adding an assist.
OTHER GIRLS' LACROSSE
West York 11, Red Lion 8: At West York, the Bulldogs led 6-2 at the half and went on to capture the victory. Ally Williams led the Bulldogs by scoring four goals. Kelley Dietz scored three goals, while Chloe Smith scored two goals. For the Lions, Peyton Shima scored a four goals, while Josie Raver scored two goals.
New Oxford 15, York Suburban 4: At New Oxford, the Colonials took a 10-0 lead into halftime and then cruised to the victory. Braxtin Reddinger had a nine-point night, scoring six goals and adding three assists. Raleigh Bateman scored five times for New Oxford. Alexandra Cologer and Zoe Zambito each scored twice for Suburban.
South Western 16, Central York 4: At Hanover, Erin Brown scored four goals for the Mustangs. Elizabeth Antoshak and Lauren Schmidt each had three-goal performances. Addison Billings and Alexa Glatfelter each scored twice for Central.
Dallastown 10, Spring Grove 9: At Spring Grove, the Wildcats' slim 7-6 halftime lead was enough, as the two sides traded goals in the second half. Amber DuBois and Alyssa Layton each scored three times for Dallastown, while DuBois added an assist. Spring Grove was led offensively by Jordyn Miller, who finished with a game-high four goals.
Susquehannock 18, Kennard-Dale 2: At Fawn Grove, a nine-goal outburst by the Warriors in the first quarter paced them to an easy win. Aidan Kirkendall and Jack Allred each had four-goal performances, while Collin Riley had five assists. Dean Huntzinger and Elliot Stauffer scored the lone goals for K-D.
York Suburban 12, New Oxford 2: The Trojans cruised to victory over the Colonials. Cam Lecates, Ryan Yost and Collin Mailman each had hat tricks for Suburban.
West York 10, Red Lion 9 (OT): At Red Lion, the Bulldogs were powered by a pair of hat tricks from Ryan McCauley and Devin Boehm. Hunter Betz dished out five assists and scored a goal for West York. The Lions got a pair of hat tricks of their own from Tyler Dunlap and Sam Emig.
Central 16, South Western 4: At Central, the Panthers led just 4-2 at the half, but scored seven goals in the third quarter to put the game away. T.J. Ross led the Panthers with four goals and one assist. Also for Central, Katon Yantek had three goals and two assists, Alex Kilgour had three goals and one assist, Nic Tranchitella and Connor Hoch each scored two goals and Will Hartzell had one goal and one assist.
Dallastown 20, Spring Grove 6: At Dallastown, the Wildcats outscored the Rockets 10-0 in the final quarter to turn a 10-6 third-quarter lead into a big victory. Brian Prats found the back of the net eight times for Dallastown, while Dom Gurreri added four goals of his own to go along with an assist. Bryce Kephart scored three goals and added two assists for Spring Grove.
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