RED LION — It may be a cliché when a lacrosse coach says that his team has to play a whole 48 minutes.
But in lacrosse, where a run of goals in a short period of time is very possible, that sentiment is very much accurate.
Red Lion boys’ lacrosse coach Stefan Striffler made playing the entire game a point of emphasis on Thursday vs. York Suburban. That came after a sub-par fourth period Tuesday against York Catholic.
His team responded.
The Lions dominated play early and never let up at Horn Field. After yielding the opening goal to the Trojans in the first period, Striffler’s team went on a 12-1 run that spanned through the first, second and third periods.
Perhaps the most impressive part of that run was Red Lion’s play in the second period, when they outscored the visitors 7-0 in what turned out to be a 15-5 victory.
“That was probably the best quarter that we’ve played all year,” Striffler said after his team improved to 8-2 overall and 7-1 in the York-Adams League.
That quarter also came just two days after a near collapse in the fourth period against the Irish, which rallied back from a 15-11 deficit to even the score.
“We talked with the team to try to get them to focus on playing the entire 48 minutes,” Striffler said. “(Suburban) scored the last goal of the third period and then the first goal of the fourth period and I took a timeout and said ‘look, we can’t do this. We can’t let them come back.’ And we responded.”
Senior standout Jac Gemmill scored four of his game-high five goals in the second period. But Gemmill gave a lot of credit for the successful period to face-off man Mason Gaunt, who helped the Lions possess the ball for nearly the entire quarter.
“It all starts with our face-off guy, Mason,” Gemmill said. “He always seems to get the possession. He’s been dominant almost every game. He may not get the (goal-scoring) stats, but the guys know that he’s very important for our team.”
While Gemmill and teammate Sam Emig (three goals, three assists) get a lot of attention as two of the top scorers in the league, players such as Gaunt and defender Alex Keough are just as important to the team’s success.
Keough was tasked with stopping Suburban standout Collin Mailman. Mailman scored his team’s first two goals, but those were his only tallies on the night. Mailman also collected two assists.
“Alex is the best defenseman in all of York County,” Gemmill said. “Collin only had two goals and that’s because of Keough. Pretty much any guy that’s like Collin offensively, we just put Keough on him and he just stops them.”
The triumph was another pivotal one for the Lions in their quest to win the league title for the first time since 2011. Battles next week against contenders Susquehannock and Central York mean that Striffler and his gang can’t lose focus for even a moment. That said, Gemmill and his teammates are sure enjoying this season so far.
“We’re having a lot of fun,” Gemmill said. “We know that we’re the team to beat right now and we feel comfortable with that.”
Suburban fell to 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the league.
OTHER BOYS' LACROSSE
York Catholic 7, Dallastown 6: At Dallastown, Luke Brennan and Eddie Smith each scored twice to pace York Catholic. Cade Gold had a three-goal effort for Dallastown, while Ryan Dodson scored two. York Catholic is 9-2 overall and 6-2 in the league. Dallastown fell to 7-3 and 5-3.
Central York 13, West York 6: At Central, Alex Kilgour led the Panthers by scoring four goals and adding one assist. Also for Central, Katon Yantek had two goals and three assists, Gavin George had three goals and one assist and T.J. Ross and Ryan Kilgour each had two goals and one assist. For the Bulldogs, Nick Cintron had three goals and one assist, while Cam Goodling scored two goals. Central improved to 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the York-Adams League. Central and Red Lion are tied for first.
Susquehannock 17, New Oxford 4: At New Oxford, Anthony DeVincent had four goals for Susquehannock, while Aidan Kirkendall and Collin Kernan each netted three. The Warriors improved to 6-3 overall and 6-2 in the league.
Spring Grove 13, Kennard-Dale 1: At Fawn Grove, Jordan Hawkins, Tanner Bolton and Zeb Hollinger each had hat tricks for Spring Grove.
Eastern York 13, South Western 11: At Wrightsville, Dominick Particelli led the Golden Knights by scoring five goals and adding two assists. Also for Eastern, Evyn Witman had one goal and five assists, Cole Witman had three goals and two assists and John Gilbert had three goals and one assist. For the Mustangs, Kyle Mills scored three goals.
Susquehannock 20, New Oxford 3: At Glen Rock, Kenna Hancock led the Warriors by scoring four goals and adding two assists. Also for the Warriors, Riley Roeder had four goals and one assist, Gena Speights had three goals, Maddie Ellis had two goals and four assists, Rachel Marshner had two goals and three assists, Emma Stiffler had two goals and two assists and Kayla Held had two goals. Suburban is now 11-1 overall and 6-1 in the York-Adams League.
Kennard-Dale 27, Spring Grove 2: At Spring Grove, Claire Gamache led the Rams with five goals and three assists. Also for K-D Emmie Dressel had four goals and three assists and Hannah Bracey had three goals and one assist. The Rams improved to 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the league.
York Catholic 16, Dallastown 1: At York Catholic, Anna Linthicum led the Irish by scoring four goals and adding two assists. The Irish improved to 10-0 overall and 8-0 in the league.
West York 13, Central York 6: At West York, Sami Gentzler had four goals and an assist for West York, while Lakyn Brenneman and Liv Sollberger each had three goals. Central York’s Addy Billings and Alexa Gladfelter each scored twice.
Red Lion 22, York Suburban 4: At Suburban, Alyssa Adams poured in eight goals for the winners, while Peyton Shima added six goals and two assists. Sara Simms (two goals, two assists), Josie Raver (two goals, two assists), Sam Collis (goal, two assists), Emily Robbins (two goals) and Kaitlynn Lower (two goals) also had multiple-point games for the winners. Zoe Zambito had three goals for Suburban.
South Western 12, Eastern York 7: At Hanover, Mollie Farace led the Mustangs by scoring four goals and adding two assists. For the Golden Knights, Rachel Deppen scored three goals, while teammate Lauren Kauffman scored two goals.
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