GLEN ROCK — Good things tend to happen on Senior Night in high school athletics.
Tuesday was no exception for the Susquehannock boys' lacrosse squad.
The Warriors honored 14 seniors in both pre- and post-game ceremonies.
In between, the home team was busy fending off a tenacious Dallastown side.
Locked in a 5-5 tie early in the fourth quarter, the Warriors got back-to-back goals by Jack Allred and Aiden Kirkendall 38 seconds apart to take control.
Their defense took over from there and they were able to ward off a handful of Wildcats scoring opportunities.
After Dallastown drew within one with about six minutes remaining, Kirkendall put it away on a breakaway tally with under a minute left. The resulting 8-6 victory clinched a share of the York-Adams League title for the Warriors (10-1), who also claimed the No. 1 seed in next week's league playoffs.
"It was a lot of team effort," said Susquehannock goalie Shane Silk, who recorded 14 saves. "We played real hard. But I can't give enough credit to my defense. It was just all-around ... the defense, the middies. Just all-around a great effort."
The defenses definitely took center stage. The teams were deadlocked at 2-2 after a quarter and 3-3 at the break.
The Warriors were able to claim a 5-4 lead after three quarters, but Dallastown's Cade Gold evened the score at the 11-minute mark.
That's when the duo of Allred (two goals) and Kirkendall (three goals, one assist) stole the momentum during a 38-second span. Kirkendall's tally was a bad angle goal that just barely eluded Dallastown goalie Jack Marks and rolled over the line.
"He turned around it and shot it," Silk said. "It just went low and everyone was looking at the ground. And when it went in we were all just ecstatic."
The Wildcats had a number of chances to draw closer over the final eight-plus minutes, but Silk proved to be a difference maker.
"The ball just bounced their way one or two times more than it did for us," said Dallastown coach Phillip Bates, who called Silk one of the best goalies in the league. "We got the looks that we wanted but couldn't finish when we needed to."
The Warriors were able to salt away the victory after Kirkendall's final goal by winning a key face-off in the final minute. While Dallastown got possession late, they were unable to even get a shot on goal before the final buzzer sounded.
That set off a huge celebration around Silk in goal. Susquehannock will share the regular-season title with West York, a team they beat earlier in the season. West York clinched its share of the title with a 12-8 victory over York Suburban on Tuesday. Susquehannock's earlier victory over the Bulldogs assured the Warriors of the No. 1 seed in the league playoffs, where a possible rematch with the Wildcats is possible.
"Absolutely," said Warrior coach Russ LeBlanc about achieving a preseason goal of winning the title. "We knew the (league) was tough this year. There's a lot of really good teams and I'm just really pleased with our guys. They've worked really hard and I'm really happy that they were able to get a piece of this success."
Gold led the Wildcats (8-3) with three goals while Marks finished with 17 saves.
OTHER BOYS' LACROSSE
Red Lion 18, South Western 5: At Hanover, Sam Emig finished with five goals and five assists for the Lions to help them cruise to the big win over the Mustangs. Jac Gemmill added three goals and four assists, while Tanner Reif registered four goals and three assists for Red Lion. For South Western, Anthony DeVincent had a hand in all five of his team's goals, scoring four and assisting on the fifth. Carson Perry scored the other goal for the Mustangs.
York Catholic 16, Central York 11: At York Catholic, the Irish got three-goal efforts from Jacob Norton, Luke Brennan, Eddie Smith and Tommy Bowser. Brennan added two assists. The Panthers were led by a game-high four goals from Katon Yantek.
New Oxford 14, Kennard-Dale 2: At New Oxford, John Wilson's 10-point night paced the Colonials to an easy win. Joey Giannotto added three goals and two assists for New Oxford. After being shut out in the first half, K-D scored a single goal in the third and fourth quarters, one by Elliot Stauffer, the other by Dean Huntzinger.
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