Kennard-Dale's Maddie Day connected for the first goal of the York-Adams girls' lacrosse championship just three minutes into the match.
Day's goal served as an omen for what the Rams would do in the opening half.
K-D scored early and often, racking up 10 goals before halftime against a York Catholic team that hadn't allowed more than eight goals, in an entire match, all season.
The Rams, ahead 10-3 to begin the second half, put up the first four goals of the final half before York Catholic found its offensive groove. The Fighting Irish, though, weren't able to wipe out the entire deficit and K-D won another league title, 16-11. The Rams have captured every title but one since the league tournament began in 2009.
When K-D and York Catholic met in the regular season this year, the Irish triumphed, 9-8, in overtime. That is the Rams' only blemish during an 18-1 season. York Catholic, meanwhile, suffered its first loss and fell to 16-1.
"It feels great to win because we lost to them once before," Rams' sophomore Day said. "I think everyone's mental game was on today, and we were ready to play."
Day and Emmie Dressel delivered five goals apiece for the winners.
"Seeing everything on social media, no one really believed in us," Dressel said. "That drove us to play amazingly tonight. It's exciting to be No. 1."
Meeting York Catholic In the final was bittersweet for Dressel.
""I have a lot of friends over there," she said. "That loss we had (to York Catholic in the regular season), I was happy for them. But, it definitely made us practice harder and try and get better."
K-D head coach Kelly Wetzel said the loss earlier this season, along with being picked third in the preseason, provided his team with all the incentive it needed in it quest for another title.
"They were very focused," Wetzel said. "Before they got on the bus, they were calm and collected. They wanted it."
Wetzel couldn't have asked for a better first half.
"We minimized our turnovers, we moved the ball and found the open girl when she was there. We also won a lot of draws, and many of the 50-50 balls went our way."
In addition to the 10-goal salvo by Day and Dressel, the Rams received some excellent work in goal by Clare Boone, particularly in the first half. Boone made 11 saves, including four from point-blank range.
"Clare saves us when we do a lot of stupid stuff,": Wetzel said. "She's a brilliant keeper."
Wetzel also praised York Catholic, pointing to the Irish's perseverance.
"They never gave up. When they were down 11, they put a bunch of points on the board. That's a testament to their heart," he said.
York Catholic head coach Rob Linthicum, while pleased that his team didn't concede until the final buzzer, said that everything that could wrong, did go wrong, in the first half.
"We were dropping balls which we didn't normally do," Linthicum said. "You gotta give a lot of credit to Kennard-Dale. They were putting a lot of pressure on us in the transition game. Good teams can make other good teams look bad at times."
Lindsey China matched Day and Dressel by scoring five goals for the Irish.
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