As Morgan Day received the back-door pass from Lyndsey Duty, she had a clear path to the net and easily beat the New Oxford goalie for Kennard-Dale's 18th goal of the game on Tuesday afternoon.
In the eventual 24-11 victory, it was just another score that put the K-D girls' lacrosse team further ahead of the Colonials. But for Day, it held a much larger meaning. It was perhaps the biggest goal she's ever scored.
It was her ninth goal of the game and moved her past Katie O'Donnell's mark of 430, setting the new girls' lacrosse PIAA state goal record with 431. O'Donnell played at West Chester Henderson.
"It definitely feels good to hold that title," Day said. "Especially coming off a great season. We had an undefeated season and having the great teammates that I do and being able to share this experience with them. It was especially awesome to score it on my senior night because that made it a little bit more special."
In total, Day finished with 10 goals and three assists, helping the Rams complete a perfect regular season at 15-0 overall and 11-0 in the York-Adams League. They are No. 1 in the latest District 3 power ratings.
With the 10-goal performance on Tuesday, Day jumped from sixth to fourth in the national scoring rankings with 432 career goals. She sits six goals behind Virgina's Corinne Wessels (2011-14) for third all-time at 438, 11 goals behind New York's Shari Masun (1999-2002) for second at 443 and 27 behind the nation's all-time leading goal scorer, North Carolina's Megan Shortt (2011-14) at 459.
"It's wishful thinking, but I would love to be able to get those goals," Day said on breaking the national record. "But, we have tough games coming up with county playoffs and districts, but, my team's really behind me on this. They're more supportive than I could have ever asked for. They want to see me do well and want to help me out with this stuff and I definitely think if they're on board and our coaches are on board and everyone's on board then it could happen."
After being held to only three goals in last Tuesday's Y-A showdown at York Catholic, Day went on a goal-scoring tear over the past week to eclipse the state record. She followed up her three-goal game against the Irish with an eight-goal effort last Thursday against Eastern York. For an encore, Day torched Conestoga Valley for 10 goals the next day. She then got seven vs. Cumberland Valley on Monday. And then added 10 on Tuesday vs. New Oxford.
"Every single person on my team, if it wasn't for them, it wouldn't have happened today the way it did," Day said. "...It was a whole team effort and I couldn't have asked for anything more."
Day's teammates definitely helped out in the win, with seven other K-D players scoring at least one goal. Duty finished with three goals and six assists, Emmie Dressel had two goals and four assists and Day's younger sister, Maddie, netted two goals of her own.
Braxtin Reddinger had four goals and two assists for the Colonials, while Katie Wildenstein added three.
The defeat dropped New Oxford to 7-7 overall and 4-7 in Y-A play.
Moving forward, the road to Day breaking the national record won't be easy. The Rams are guaranteed two more games, first in the Y-A playoffs and then a game in districts. After that, nothing is certain, needing first-round wins in each of those stages to continue furthering their season.
"Different teams are going to do different things to stop her," K-D coach Kelly Wetzel said. "And then they'll realize that we're not just a one-person team. So, we'll see. It's going to be tough."
OTHER GIRLS' LACROSSE
Eastern York 14, Spring Grove 10: At Wrightsville, Rylie Toomey (four goals), Bri Pfeiffer (four goals) and Rachel Deppen (three goals, assist) powered the Golden Knights. Jordyn Miller and Lauren Grove each had four goals for Spring Grove. Tristyn Keller had eight saves to get the win in goal.
South Western 10, Red Lion 2: At Red Lion, the visitors rolled behind Lauren Schmidt (five goals, assist), Erin Brown (three goals) and Laura Silver (11 saves). Larissa Herbert had 10 saves for Red Lion.
York Catholic 22, Central York 6: At Central York, a dominant first half paced the Irish to a convincing victory. The visitors opened up an 18-4 lead after the first 25 minutes. Lindsey China led the offensive onslaught for York Catholic, scoring six goals and adding three assists. Shannon Moore dished out nine assists to go with three goals for the Irish. For Central, Addison Billings had four goals, while Alexa Glatfelter scored the other two.
Susquehannock 21, Dallastown 2: At Dallastown, a big offensive day by Ashley Valway helped the Warriors take down the Wildcats. She finished with six goals and three assists, both game highs, while Kate Leblanc added five goals. For Dallastown, Amber Dubois and Alyssa Layton each scored once, while Sam Smith tallied an assist.
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