You would think that a team that is 17-0 and ranked No. 3 in the state (according to MaxPreps.com) would not feel disrespected, but the York Catholic girls’ lacrosse squad still has a few things to prove before it can silence the naysayers.
One of the biggest points of contention can be cleared up Thursday evening, when the Irish square off against perennial rival Kennard-Dale in the York-Adams League championship contest at Central York High School at 5:30 p.m.
Despite ending K-D’s five-year unbeaten streak during the league’s regular season a few weeks ago with a 9-8 overtime victory, the Irish still have a bit of a chip on their collective shoulders.
“The feeling on our team is that, despite going 17-0, the girls don’t feel like they’ve gotten the respect that they deserve,” Irish coach Rob Linthicum said. “There still seems to be a little bit out there. Maybe it was because the Kennard-Dale win was so close and it wasn’t a convincing win.”
Getting another crack at a K-D team that has dominated the York-Adams landscape for much of the past seven years is something that the Irish are eagerly awaiting. They know that knocking off the Rams twice in the same season will not only be historic for the program, but also vindicating.
“I think it will be huge,” said Irish senior Maura Palandro. “There’s always been this competitive rivalry between the both of us. But, for us, as a program, beating them again would be huge.”
Unsurprisingly, the Rams (ranked No. 5 in the state by MaxPreps.com) are also looking forward to Thursday’s rematch. The loss to the Irish is the lone blemish on an 18-1 slate.
“We want to get another chance at Catholic,” K-D standout Gillian Zimmerman said. “We just have to take control from the start on Thursday, and I’m pretty sure we can (win it).”
Rematch: Much like the boys’ title game between Red Lion and York Catholic, this year’s title game is also a rematch of a championship contest the two programs played back in 2012. The Irish won that game in overtime by a 9-8 margin, which sounds familiar.
Irish team dinners are back: It is known that the York Catholic girls' lacrosse players love getting together as a team to eat chicken parmesan, among other things. But after a bug went around the school in late April, Coach Linthicum put a temporary stop to the team dinners as a precaution. With the bug no longer an issue, the team was happy to hear that another team get-together is back on the schedule for next week.
“Yeah, there was a really bad stomach virus that went around the school,” Linthicum said. “Players, parents … everyone. There was like three or four games leading up to the Kennard-Dale game where we were missing two or three girls almost every game.
“So I had to step in and cancel those dinners, much to their dismay. But I just had a request to have one before our district game and the bug seems to be gone now so I said ‘all right.'”
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