WEST YORK — Two York-Adams League lacrosse heavyweights traded blows for 48 minutes and then some Tuesday afternoon in a match that was every bit as good as advertised.
When it was over, West York had emerged with a 7-6 overtime victory against rival Dallastown, the Bulldogs' third consecutive overtime triumph this season. The victory sets up another key contest for the Bulldogs Thursday afternoon at Susquehannock.
The win keeps West York (5-0) unbeaten while Dallastown falls to 4-1 in league play. And with the new league format this season in which schools meet only once (instead of twice), both sides knew how big this one was.
"We talked about the new format and we knew that if we could win, we'd stay ahead of them, but if we lost, it would be tough to get in front of them (later in the season)," said junior Ryan McCauley, who scored the game-winner for the Bulldogs 2 minutes, 19 seconds into OT on a beautiful assist from sophomore Cody Richter.
Bulldogs' coach Rodney Tamblin was quick to sing the praises of Richter on the play.
"Cody is a kid that does a lot of things for the team that don't show up in the stats," said Tamblin, who took a timeout with 3:29 remaining in OT to set up strategy. "He does the grunt work, and the thinking after the timeout was to get the ball and dodge, dodge, not to shoot, and dodge and see what they give you. The middle was open and he was able to slip it off."
McCauley didn't miss the point-blank shot.
"I knew I had a shot because the defender slid off me," he said. "We were actually pretty relaxed in overtime because we knew what to expect since we had been involved in overtime the last two games."
As might be expected, the game's statistics revealed an even contest. West York had 31 shots while Dallastown attempted 28.
"It's always a dogfight between us," Tamblin added. "We go back and forth. They have some great guys and they're well-coached. We stressed we can't let this game get away because of the new format. We play them once and it's done.
"We talked about it. Last week and this week, we're in a four-game stretch that's going to define our season as far as the playoffs. You could be out of the playoffs really early with your schedule as far as counties go and be on the outside looking in if things don't go your way."
The Bulldogs, which had scored at least 10 goals in each of its previous victories, jumped out to a 4-1 advantage early in the second period. The Wildcats' Brian Prats, who led Dallastown with three goals, gave his team a 1-0 lead midway through the first period only to see West York score four unanswered goals.
Devyn Roehm scored the first of his two goals late in the first period to tie it at 1-1. Just 32 seconds later, Seth Wise gave West York its first lead. Richter and Ian Lichty also had first-half goals for the Bulldogs.
Before the half ended, however, Braven Morris and Cade Gold scored for Dallastown.
Andrew Kvasnovsky tied the score at 4-4 at the 8:36 mark of the third period and from there it was back and forth until McCauley's game-winning shot in OT.
"We have a lot of firepower on this team," Tamblin said. "I think we just relaxed a little bit when we had the lead. Either that or we just like overtime games."
OTHER BOYS' LACROSSE
York Catholic 21, New Oxford 5: At York, Tanner Yanick scored five goals and added a pair of assists as the Irish breezed. Teddy Trapeni and Jacob Norton had three goals each and Eddie Smith dished out eight assists for York Catholic.
Red Lion 13, Eastern York 5: At Red Lion, Sam Emig's five goals and an assist powered the Lions. Justin Dashler, Jac Gemmill and Tanner Reif each scored a pair of goals for Red Lion, with Reif adding three assists. Eastern got a pair of goals each from Conrad Rhein and Brian Lehman.
South Western 17, Kenanrd-Dale 6: At South Western, Anthony DeVincent stole the show with a balanced five-goal, five-assist game in leading the Mustangs to victory. Elijah Fuhrman added a hat trick for the victors. K-D was paced by Dean Huntzinger's four goals and an assist.
Central York 12, York Suburban 7: At Central, Katon Yantek led the Panthers by scoring two goals and picking up three assists. Also for Central, Connor Hoch scored three goals, while Thomas Kurland, Alex Kilgour and Christian Hoch each scored two goals and added one assist. T.J. Ross scored one goal and added one assist. For the Trojans, Collin Mailman and Raine Sindicich each scored three goals.
Kennard-Dale 15, South Western 5: At K-D, the Rams were treated to quite the performance from Morgan and Maddie Day. Morgan turned in a four-goal, three-assist effort, while Maddie added two goals and an assist of her own in the K-D victory. Lyndsey Duty and Emmie Dressel each picked up hat tricks. The Mustangs got two goals each from Erin Brown and Lauren Schmidt. K-D improved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the York-Adams League. South Western fell to 4-3 and 3-2.
Red Lion 10, Eastern York 4: At Eastern, Emily Harrington helped the Lions capture the win by scoring four goals. The Lions blew the game open in the second half, outscoring Eastern York 9-3. Josie Raver, Peyton Shima and Emily Robbins each scored a pair of goals for the victors. Eastern was led by Kylie Nikolaus' two goals. Rylie Toomey and Bri Pfeiffer recorded the other Golden Knight tallies.
Susquehannock 20, Spring Grove 1: At Susquehannock, Ahsley Valway's five goals sparked the Warriors. Gena Speights added three goals and Katelyn Welsh recorded two goals and two assists. Spring Grove's goal came from Lauren Grove off an assist from Jordyn Miller.
York Suburban 10, Central York 9: At Suburban, the Trojans exploded for eight second-half goals on their way to victory, led by a four-goal game from Karlee Wasilewski. Zoe Zambito added two goals and an assist to the winning cause. Central got a four-goal effort from Addison Billings, who also had an assist. The Panthers also got three goals from Hanna Gilhool.
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