GLEN ROCK — Coming off its first loss of the season this past Friday against unbeaten Cumberland Valley, the Susquehannock boys' lacrosse team had an opportunity to steer the ship back in the right direction on Tuesday night against visiting York Suburban.
While it took a little while for the Warriors to get going, when they finally did, it was bad new for the Trojans.
Sophomore attacker Jack Allred rang up four goals in a row during a 7-0 second-quarter run for Susquehannock. Those four tallies were just a part of Allred's seven-point night (six goals, one assist) that helped the Warriors cruise to a 15-7 victory.
"We were hungry to get back on the field," Susquehannock coach Russ LeBlanc said.
It took the Warriors some time to whet their appetite. Much of that credit can be given to a Trojans squad that is in a tight race to earn one of the four York-Adams League playoff berths.
Suburban pulled to within 3-2 early in the second quarter on a goal by Cameron LeCates. Suddenly, however, the home team seized momentum.
"It's just the team just working," Allred said of his team's spurt, that pushed the advantage to 10-2 late in the first half. "And getting looks."
Allred is able to get those looks in large part because of a fantastic offense around him. Collin Riley (two goals, four assists), Aiden Kirkendall (two goals, two assists) and Dorian Faster (one goal, four assists) make it impossible for opponents to key in on any one attacker.
"Jack is doing really well making the move from the midfield to attack," LeBlanc said. "He's a big part of what we do. But he's also complimented by a lot of talent around him."
That is the beauty of the Susquehannock offense, which has shown the ability in big games this year to steal momentum quickly and forcefully.
"That's the nature of the game," LeBlanc said. "To have some runs in a game is common. But we were just able to do the right thing a lot. The guys worked hard and we put some plays together."
Allred scored on four straight possession during a four-minute blitz midway through the stanza. Kirkendall and Zach Orner added goals, with Allred scoring again to end run with 1:22 left in the half.
That run helped sooth some bitterness after the Warriors were dropped handily (15-8) by Cumberland Valley this past Friday. The Warriors had some trouble passing the ball effectively and trailed 10-3 at the break.
"We didn't execute our fundamentals," said Allred of that loss to CV. "It just wasn't our game."
In a sense, that loss helped refocus the Warriors, who are hoping to gear up for a lengthy run in the District 3 playoffs next month.
"After losing to Cumberland Valley we just needed to start rolling over teams and play as hard as we can," he said.
Mike Sipes and Collin Mailman led the Trojans with two goals each.
Susquehannock improved to 9-1 overall and 9-0 in the league. Suburban fell to 7-4 and 5-3.
York Catholic 23, Kennard-Dale 4: At Fawn Grove, the Irish used a nine-goal second quarter to pull away from the Rams in the York-Adams League contest. Jacob Norton led all goal scorers with seven goals for York Catholic, while Tanner Yanick added four goals and three assists. Dean Huntzinger registered a hat trick for Kennard-Dale, while Elliot Stauffer scored the other goal.
Red Lion 15, Central York 10: At Central York, Tanner Reif poured in six goals and added an assist in leading the Lions to victory. Teammate Sam Emig contributed a hat trick to the winning cause. Central York was led by four-point efforts from Connor Hoch (three goals, one assist) and T.J. Ross (two goals, two assists).
West York 17, Eastern York 16: At Wrightsville, the Bulldogs erased a three-goal fourth-quarter deficit by outscoring the Golden Knights 9-5 in the final frame to squeak out a one-goal victory. Hunter Betz led West York with four goals, while Devyn Roehm, Tanner Brannon and Nick Cintron each added three. Conrad Rhein, Dom Particelli and Evyn Witman paced the Eastern attack, each registering four goals.
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