Kennard-Dale girls cruise into York-Adams lacrosse title match
GLEN ROCK — It took just more than three minutes for Morgan Bowings and the Kennard-Dale girls' lacrosse team to open up the scoring against West York on Tuesday evening.
And when it did, the goals just kept coming and coming and coming.
By the time the clock ran out, the Rams chalked up an 18-4 victory over the Bulldogs in the York-Adams League semifinal match, advancing to Thursday night's championship game against Susquehannock.
"We knew that they would be coming for us," senior Morgan Day said. "They wanted this more than ever, we just needed to want it more."
K-D jumped out to an 11-0 lead by halftime and made it 12-0 before Chloe Smith finally got West York on the board with 21 minutes, 26 seconds remaining in the game.
"Our defense played amazing today," Day said. "Our defense was the reason why our offense had 18 goals."
In a game that was void of any real drama. The one major highlight came five minutes into the contest, when Day scored her 433rd career goal, breaking the PIAA state record for career goals. For the game, she tallied six goals, moving her to 438 in her high school career. It was previously thought that Day had broken the state record of 430 last week, held by West Chester Henderson's Katie O'Donnell. But it was later learned that Manheim Township's Molly Hendricks had scored 432 career goals.
"I completely forgot about (the record)," she said. "And then Coach Kelly Wetzel yelled extra loud that time and I was like 'well, this is weird,' but then I remembered."
Day led all players with her six-goal game. She's now chasing the national scoring record of 459 goals held by North Carolina's Megan Shortt. She's currently tied for third on the national list with Virginia's Corinne Wessels.
Freshman Bowings chipped in with three goals and two assists, while Emmie Dressel, Maddie Day and Lyndsey Duty each had two for K-D.
Freshman goalie Clare Boone made seven saves for the Rams, while West York goalie, Tori Gross, made 10 saves.
Lakyn Brenneman, Samantha Gentzler and Ally Williams also scored for the Bulldogs to go with Smith's tally.
West York, which entered the day ranked 14th in the District 3 power ratings, will now play the waiting game to see if its season will continue. Only the top 16 teams in the power ratings advance to district competition.
K-D returns to the Y-A League championship game for the fifth straight year. But, unlike the previous seasons, it will look to get back the league title, losing to York Catholic in last year's title match.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at email@example.com