LANDISVILLE — Motivation proved to be a big factor for the Kennard-Dale’s girls' lacrosse team last week when it won the York-Adams League title game.
It’s likely to be just as big in its next game on Tuesday.
The Lady Rams (19-1) made sure of that Thursday night with a convincing 18-9 victory over No. 7 seed Lancaster Country Day in the quarterfinal round of the District 3 tournament at Hempfield High School. K-D, which is the No. 2 seed, will now meet an old nemesis, Manheim Township, in Tuesday's District 3 semifinals at Hershey High School at 5 p.m.
K-D has faced Manheim Township in each of the last three district tournaments and come out on the short end each time. Manheim Township has never lost a game in the district playoffs since they started in 2009, going 30-0.
“We’re going to beat them this time,” said Emmie Dressel, who led the Rams attack Thursday with six goals and an assist. “Each year the coaches always say we can beat Manheim but I’m not sure we really believed that we could. But this time, I think everyone on the team knows we can do it.”
Last year, the Rams, who were unbeaten and the No. 1 seed in districts, lost to Manheim 16-9 in the semifinals. Two years ago, K-D was the No. 2 seed and lost in the semifinals 16-11 and three years ago, the Rams were the No. 1 seed and lost to Manheim 14-10 in the district final.
Manheim advanced to next Tuesday’s semifinal with a 21-11 victory over Susquehannock.
Dressel and Maddie Day made sure the Rams stayed alive in district play against LCD. They scored K-D's first seven goals. Day scored the first two, then Dressel scored five straight to help K-D to a 7-3 edge. Dresser’s goal at the 19:05 on a free position shot broke a 2-2 deadlock and gave the Rams the lead for good.
“I’m really pleased with the way the girls are playing,” Rams coach Kelly Wetzel said. “They’re playing well as a team and really seeing the field well.”
And as for Manheim Township?
“When the brackets come out everyone looks to see where Manheim Township is situated,” he said. “They have a great program and are well-coached. We’re excited about the chance to play them again. It should be a great game. The draws are going to be the key to the game. I think we’ll be OK defensively, but we have to do well on the draws. You can’t score if you don’t have the ball.”
Besides Dressel, Morgan Bowings had four goals, Day had three goals and an assist, Claire Gamache had two goals and an assist and Megan Halczuk, Gillian Zimmerman and Kelsey Glenn also had goals.
No team from York County has ever won a District 3 girls' lacrosse title.
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