Boys’ lacrosse is a fun sport to watch for many fans.
Between the checking and scoring, there are very few moments when there isn't something happening.
However, there's one part of the sport that is somewhat overlooked — face-offs — and it's an area that can actually be critical at times.
Fortunately for Central York, they have one of the best face-off men in the area in Kollin Vaught. Vaught’s skill winning face-off after face-off was evident Thursday night when the Panthers visited rival York Suburban.
Vaught helped set his team up for good scoring chances all night. While his team wasn’t able to cash in all of the time, they were able to score just enough.
T.J. Ross, Ryan Fahs and Connor Hoch combined for seven of Central’s nine goals as the Panthers claimed a 9-7 triumph.
“I practice every day and do quick hand drills,” said Vaught, who won 16 of 18 face-offs for the contest. “I’ve been doing it for about three years now.”
Vaught honed his craft by squaring off against some of the best competition during the summers.
“I was up against some of the top recruits all over,” he said. “Being a face-off guy is a specialty and I just fell in love with it.”
Central coach Tom Mayne is certainly happy to have the junior specialist on his side.
“He’s always going to be dominant,” Mayne said. “And that’s our strength. We have a good team, but he makes us better.”
After the teams finished the first quarter tied at 3-3, the Panthers took control by scoring four unanswered goals in the second.
Suburban, however, was able to remain within striking distance throughout. The fact that Central was unable to gain a big cushion brought up some ill memories for the Panther side, which lost to the Trojans in a one-goal game last year on the same field.
“They wanted to get a win on this field,” Mayne said. “They wanted to put (last year) behind them.”
Mayne was impressed by a Suburban team that is learning how to proceed after the graduation of star Collin Mailman, who now plays at Drexel. The Trojans were dangerous when they had possession all night, especially John Geary, who led the team with four goals.
Suburban goalie Blake Wallace was also a factor, stopping 13 shots.
“Suburban has a good team,” Mayne said. “They’re a lot better than a lot of people think they are. They gave us a run for our money. I told my guys that they are a very well-coached and talented team.”
The Panthers remained unbeaten in the York-Adams League at 3-0. That’s important because they face a big showdown next Thursday against a Red Lion team that will be on high alert after getting upset by South Western Thursday.
Eastern York 20, Spring Grove 11: At Wrightsville, Jimmy Kurnik’s eight-point night helped push the Knights past the Rockets. Kurnik recorded three goals to go along with five assists. Also for Eastern, Cole Witman had four goals and two assists, Dominick Particelli scored four goals and Bryce Smith added three more. Tanner Bolton led Spring Grove with a game-high six goals.
York Catholic 9, West York 6: At West York, Matt Cassidy led the Irish to the road victory by scoring a game-high three goals. Also for the Irish, Eli Doyle and Dimitri Amalfitano each scored two goals apiece, while Ian Schlogh scored one goal and added one assist. For the Bulldogs, Cody Richter scored two goals and had one assist, while teammate Cameron Goodling scored one goal and added one assist.
South Western 9, Red Lion 8: At Hanover, the Mustangs earned a hard-fought win over the Lions, making an early statement within the league. Carson Perry led South Western with five goals. Elijah Workinger had three goals and two assists for Red Lion, while Zach Mentzer had two goals and an assist.
New Oxford 10, Dover 8: At New Oxford, Lance Beckner led the Colonials to the home victory by scoring five goals. For the Eagles, Cole Jesmir scored three goals, while teammate Drew Shaffer scored two goals and added one assist.
Susquehannock 20, Delone Catholic 2: At Glen Rock, Collin Kernan (five goals), Jack Allred (two goals), Adam Rebich (two goals), Jacob Bedgar (two goals) and Zach Buchanon (two goals) powered the Warriors to the easy win.
York Catholic 8, West York 7: At York Catholic, after a thrilling, triple-overtime win on Tuesday against Kennard-Dale, the Fighting Irish backed it up with another one-goal win, this time against the Bulldogs. Sarah Mazzur led York Catholic with three goals, while Kayleigh Pokrivka and Amanda Tufano each had two. Sydney Schweitzer led West York with four goals and two assists, while Holly Detweiller had two goals and Lakyn Brennaman scored the other.
South Western 10, Red Lion 8: At Red Lion, the two teams were tied at halftime, but the Mustangs pulled out the victory by outscoring the Lions 5-3 in the second half. Elizabeth Antoshk and Caitlyn Coates each tallied three goals for South Western. Sara Simms led Red Lion with three goals and an assist, while Peyton Shima had two goals and an assist.
Kennard-Dale 19, Dallastown 3: At Fawn Grove, Emmie Dressel led the Rams by scoring four goals and adding five assists. Also for K-D, Maddie Day scored five goals, Megan Halczuk had three goals and one assist, Morgan Bowings and Calie Swegon each scored two goals and Gillian Zimmerman had one goal and one assist.
Eastern York 13, Spring Grove 5: At Spring Grove, Bri Pfeiffer and Chelsea Forsyth each recorded a hat trick for the victorious Golden Knights. Kylie Nikolaus also had a three-point night for Eastern with a goal and an assist. Casey Franklin scored three goals of her own for the Rockets.
New Oxford 10, Dover 7: At Dover, Gracie Ernst had three saves in the Colonials' win. Dover won the JV match, 5-1.
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