DALLASTOWN – You could forgive the players in Wednesday’s boys’ lacrosse clash between Dallastown and Susquehannock if things felt a tad bit weird.
The contest actually began Monday but was suspended because of a storm, with the Wildcats ahead 4-2 in the second period. Since then, a couple of results from Tuesday added some extra importance to the outcome when the two squads resumed play with little pregame fanfare Wednesday evening at Wildcat Stadium.
For the Wildcats, sitting on 99 victories in program history, a triumph would likely clinch them a District 3 playoff berth. For Susquehannock, which already had clinched a berth into next week’s York-Adams League playoffs, a victory would earn the Warriors part of a three-way share of the regular-season title with Red Lion and York Catholic.
So, with just warm-ups happening before the game resumed, the whistle blew. No National Anthem was played and no starters were announced.
As weird as it felt, it also was comforting for the hosts to know they had the advantage. They scored the first goal after play resumed to take a 5-2 lead. They then cruised to win No. 100 in program history by outscoring the Warriors 7-4 in the second half to earn a 12-6 victory.
Dallastown improved to 10-4 overall and 7-4 in the league. Susquehannock fell to 9-4 overall and 8-3 in the league. The Warriors dropped to the No. 4 seed in the four-team league playoffs.
“It definitely felt weird,” Dallastown coach Joe Slessinger said of the resumption of play. “But we really wanted to score the first goal (after play resumed).”
The Wildcats were considered one of the teams to beat entering the season. Close losses by either one or two goals to Red Lion (in overtime), York Catholic, Central York and York Suburban knocked Slessinger’s team out of league playoff discussion entering the final week of the regular season.
“We still think that we’re one of the best teams in the league, and to not make the playoffs, the guys were determined,” he said.
Warrior coach Russ LeBlanc agreed.
“(Dallastown) is a good team,” he said. “They were a win away from being (in the playoffs) themselves and I know that they were disappointed that they were (out of the playoff hunt) for sure.”
But, with win No. 100 as well as a District 3 playoff berth on the line, Slessinger’s crew played perhaps its best game all season. Ethan Pickett and Cade Gold combined for seven goals.
Aiden Kirkendall led Susquehannock with three goals, while Anthony DeVincent added a pair in the setback.
“We just did not do the things that we needed to do,” LeBlanc said. “I think the guys are disappointed (with the results) but I think the thing that is most disappointing is that we didn’t put out our best effort.”
Dallastown’s triumph alleviated some headaches that were possible had Susquehannock created a three-way tie atop the standings. Now the playoff seeds are set with Red Lion earning the No. 1 spot, York Catholic at No. 2, Central York at No. 3 and the Warriors at No. 4.
While the Wildcats will be spectators during the league playoffs, they moved up to No. 13 in the District 3 power ratings with the triumph. With one game left against Penn Manor (5-10), it appears that Dallastown will be among five York-Adams teams in the 16-team bracket.
No York-Adams squad has ever advanced past the second round of the District 3 playoffs, which is a sore spot for the league’s coaches. While they battle each other in the regular season, they all seem to root for one another vs. out-of-league foes.
“I’m happy for Dallastown,” LeBlanc said. “It looks like they’re going to secure a spot in the district playoffs, so it looks like we’ll have five teams, which is pretty exciting for York County. Hopefully all the teams will play well and we’ll have a good showing for the league.”
Eastern York 13, Kennard-Dale 2: At Fawn Grove, the Golden Knights rolled behind big offensive games from Dominic Particelli (three goals), Bryce Smith (two goals, assist), Cole Whitman (two goals), John Gilbert (two goals), Nate Smith (goal, assist), Bryce Henise (goal, assist) and Jimmy Kurnik (two assists). Wyatt Cairns had two K-D goals.
York Catholic 21, Chambersburg 6: At Chambersburg, Anna Linthicum led the Irish tby scoring three goals and adding four assists. Lindsey China had five goals and one assist, Maggie Boyle had two goals and three assists, Sarah Mazzur had two goals and one assist, Amanda Tufano scored two goals and Lisa Casagrande added two assists. York Catholic improved to 16-0.
Kennard-Dale 22, South Western 4: At Hanover, Maddie Day led the Rams by scoring six goals and adding one assist. Also for K-D, Morgan Bowings had four goals and two assists, Claire Gamache had three goals and three assists, Hannah Bracey had two goals and one assist, Megan Halczuk had two goals and two assists, Gillian Zimmerman had one goal and two assists, Emmie Dressel had one goal and two assists and Kelsey Glenn had one goal and one assist. K-D improved to 15-1 overall.
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