GLEN ROCK — Rodney Tamblin knew he had a special group of seniors.
Thursday night, the West York coach found out just how special when the Bulldogs earned their first York-Adams League boys' lacrosse tournament title with a 16-7 victory over Susquehannock.
Led by senior Hunter Betz, who had five goals and three assists, the Bulldogs never trailed, ending what had been several seasons of postseason frustration for West York — particularly on Susquehannock's field. It had lost in two previous championship appearances there.
"I have 13 of the greatest seniors and I knew they would be motivated to play," Tamblin said. "They just never stop."
They were determined to avenge their 14-6 regular-season loss to Susquehannock, a game in which the Bulldogs were outplayed from the start.
"We've always had trouble on this field, but we won in the semifinals (against Red Lion) on this field, and we just said we can win again on this field," said senior Seth Wise, who complemented Betz with four goals. "Our coach told us at halftime to just keep scoring, and if we do that, they'll get frustrated and our seniors did our thing and won."
Wise's back-to-back goals in the third quarter might have been the back-breakers, too. The pair increased West York's advantage to 11-5 with 2:40 remaining in the quarter. Susquehannock cut the deficit to 11-6 with less than a minute gone in the final quarter before Betz went to work again at the 7:47 mark to make it 12-6. Before the contest was over, Betz would add another goal and an assist to reach a mind-boggling 300 points for his varsity career.
"He had a 100-plus point season his sophomore year and it's really just phenomenal what he's done," Tamblin said. "Most of those points are probably assists, too. I think he'd rather set up someone else than score the goal himself."
"Hunter is just the perfect asset to any team," he said. "He's always been our leader since we were little and he's always picked us up when we were down."
For Betz, the championship was much sweeter than his individual statistics.
"I'd take the championship over that (300 points) any day," he said. "I wouldn't have accomplished the other stuff without my team anyway."
Betz started the scoring just 1:23 into the game before the Warriors' Collin Riley tied it. But a goal by Wise was followed by two goals by Ryan McCauley and the Bulldogs stayed on top. Betz added the first two goals of the second quarter to make it 6-3 before two late first-half scores by the Warriors made it 6-5 at halftime. But in the third quarter, the Bulldogs went on a 5-0 run to enter the final 12 minutes leading 12-5.
"We were just out of sync all night," said a disappointed Warriors' coach Russ LeBlanc. "I'm just really disappointed with a lot of things tonight. I think the penalties played a big part in the game. That's really not us. We've had two minutes of penaltiy time in the last three games, so to have so many tonight (seven in the first half) was really disappointing."
Adding goals for West York were Devyn Roehm (3), McCauley (2), Trevor Sweitzer and Cameron Goodling. For Susquehannock, Zach Orner and Jack Allred had two goals each.
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