GLEN ROCK — Sometimes, reality is much better than a dream.
Dorian Faster can attest to that.
After sparking his team to an important victory on Tuesday by scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against York Suburban, the Warrior senior had a chance to repeat history on Thursday when his team played host to first-place Red Lion on Senior Night.
Despite giving up possession to the Lions twice in overtime, the Warriors and Faster would not be denied. Faster picked up a ground ball in the offensive zone and raced toward the slot area before firing a shot into the net. His second consecutive game-winner in OT propelled Susquehannock to a thrilling 10-9 triumph.
“This feels great,” Faster said. “And it’s even better because it was in overtime again.”
A massive celebration ensued on the field around Faster. That's because the Warriors officially joined the York-Adams League championship discussion with one regular-season contest remaining. Susquehannock improved to 8-2 in the league, drawing even with Red Lion and Central York atop the standings. York Catholic is in the mix as well. The Irish are just a half game behind at 7-2.
“They were No. 1,” Faster said of the Lions, who defeated both the Irish and the Panthers over the past week. “I’m just thrilled. I don’t even know what to say.”
The high-scoring Lions were held without a goal after taking a 9-6 advantage late in the third period. Anthony DeVincent scored a pair of goals before Brady Gallegos evened things up with 3:18 remaining for Susquehannock.
The visitors had a chance late in regulation and two opportunities in overtime to close it out. But three misses that resulted in a change of possession set up the home team. After calling a timeout, Faster had a chance on net but was denied by Red Lion goalie Matt Hale.
Moments later, however, Hale put the ball on the ground, giving the Warriors another crack. Faster scooped up the ball near the sideline before racing toward the middle of the box. He raced by Justin Dashler before sending a leaping shot into the lower left of the cage.
“I was running to the right and he (the Red Lion defender) was pulling hard right too,” Faster said. “So the backside opened up and I just put it down low.”
The ending to Thursday’s showdown was pretty disappointing for the Lions, who could have clinched a share of the title with a victory. But playing their seventh game over the past 10 days seemed to have an effect. The high-powered Red Lion offense was dormant after the intermission.
“We scored two goals in the second half and that’s what killed us,” said Red Lion coach Stefan Striffler. “We have to put balls in the back of the net and you can’t just sit around and think that we don’t have to score because we have the lead. That just doesn’t work very well in lacrosse.”
The victory was sorely needed for a team that won the regular-season title a year ago. A slow start, combined with teams such as Red Lion, York Catholic and Central all getting off to hot starts, set Coach Russ LeBlanc’s club in the rear-view mirror a bit.
But LeBlanc felt that his team was still getting used to playing together when they suffered those losses to Central York and York Catholic. Since a 15-9 setback against the Irish in the first week in April, however, the Warriors have reeled off seven-straight league victories.
“It’s a process of getting the team together where they play their best,” LeBlanc said. “And our process wasn’t quite where it needed to be early on. But I think our best game is still in front of us.”
The Warriors have just one contest left against Dallastown on the league schedule. Red Lion has South Western remaining, while York Catholic and Central York will also square off to conclude the regular season.
"This thing is coming right down to the end,” LeBlanc said. “This is an exciting year for lacrosse in York County. It’s just great to see the parity throughout the league. It’s exciting for the kids.”
DeVincent led the Warriors with four tallies to go along with four assists. Faster finished with three goals, while Adam Rebich tallied a pair of assists for Susquehannock.
Sam Emig and Dashler each scored three goals for the Lions, while Jac Gemmill finished with a goal and four assists.
Central York 19, New Oxford 6: At New Oxford, Katon Yantek led the Panthers by scoring three goals and adding six assists. Also for Central, Ryan Kilgour had four goals and one assist, T.J. Ross scored three goals, Gavin George had one goal and four assists, Connor Houch and Drake Little scored two goals apiece and Kollin Vaught and Ryan Fahs each scored one goal and added one assist. Central is now 10-3 overall and 8-2 in the York-Adams League. The Panthers are now tied for first.
York Suburban 8, Dallastown 7: At York Suburban, the Trojans trailed 6-2 at the half, but scored five goals in the third to regain the lead going into the fourth quarter. Dustin Knaub led the Trojans by scoring three goals. For the Wildcats, Ethan Pickett scored three goals.
Spring Grove 10, West York 9: At Spring Grove, Bryce Kephart, Ethan Clark and Tanner Bolton each scored three goals for the Rockets. West York got two goals each from Zac Hess, Ryan McCauley, Nick Cintron and Cam Goodling.
Susquehannock 17, Red Lion 7: At Red Lion, Rachel Marshner led the Warriors by scoring four goals and adding two assists. Also for the Warriors, Gena Speights scored five goals, Kenna Hancock had four goals and one assist and Riley Roeder and Maddie Ellis scored one goal and added one assist apiece. For the Lions, Alyssa Adams scored five goals, Emily Robbins added five assists, while Peyton Shima scored two goals. Susquehannock improved to 14-1 overall and 8-1 in the York-Adams League.
West York 15, Spring Grove 12: At West York, Ally Williams led the Bulldogs with five goals. Teammate Lakyn Brenneman added three more. Spring Grove got three goals each from Hannah Miller and Jordan Miller.
Central York 11, New Oxford 10: At Central, Emily Kurland led the Panthers with one goal and two assists. Also for Central, Addy Billings, Alexa Gladfelter, Liz Rader and Lauren Ogurak each scored two goals. Braxtin Reddinger led the Colonials with four goals.
Kennard-Dale 18, Eastern York 4: At Wrightsville, Maddie Day led the Rams by scoring seven goals. Morgan Bowings and Claire Swegon each had three goals and two assists, Gillian Zimmerman had two goals and two assists, Hannah Bracey had two goals and Megan Halczuk had one goal and one assist. For the Golden Knights, Rylie Toomey and Bri Pfeiffer each scored two goals. K-D improved to 12-1 overall and 7-1 in the York-Adams League.
Dallastown 14, York Suburban 5: At Dallastown, Skylar Wilt led the Wildcat charge with four goals. Dani Dubois added three more for the victors. Zoe Zambito scored three goals for the Trojans.