EMIGSVILLE — The Central York boys’ lacrosse team is having a lot of fun these days.
Even while playing six tough games over nine grueling days, the Panthers were able to claim victory in all of them right before Easter.
As much enjoyment as the Central players have felt over that span, it was nice for coach Tom Mayne and his squad to get a few days to rest.
Coming back refreshed after three days off, the undefeated Panthers got back to it Monday evening when they hosted Susquehannock in a York-Adams League clash. The home team scored the game’s first three goals and never looked back. T.J. Ross led the way for the Panthers with seven goals and three assists as they downed the Warriors, 19-9, to improve to 10-0 overall and 8-0 in the York-Adams League.
“I’m very impressed with our team,” Mayne said. “We set expectations, but nothing like being 10-0 or anything like that. We just want to go out and do things the Central way that we know how to do it and play the game that way we know how to do it.”
Mayne’s squad certainly has been doing that so far this year. They have already defeated nearly all of the top teams in the league, often in impressive fashion. A couple of nail-biting, one-goal victories over rivals Red Lion and Dallastown were nevertheless highlights during that nine-day stretch.
“We just finished our toughest stretch before Easter weekend,” Mayne said. “It was a grind, but that really sealed the character of our team. We knew we had resiliency and we knew we had depth. We played banged up, bruised and we had a few guys out, but this team just keeps persevering.”
The Panthers have been able to overcome those injuries in great deal thanks to face-off specialist Kollin Vaught. Vaught has been downright dominating in the face-off circle this season. Monday was no exception. The junior won 21 of 29 face-offs to continually help earn his team possession.
Those possessions often resulted in goals for the black and orange. While Ross scored seven in the victory against Susquehannock, teammates Connor Hoch (four goals, one assist), Ryan Fahs (two goals, three assists), Drake Little (two goals), Matthew Hacksworth (two goals) and Vaught (two goals) also recorded multiple tallies.
“I just love this team,” Vaught said. “All of the guys — T.J., Alex (Kilgour), Ryan, Connor, Logan (Paluch) — we’re all working hard for those goals every game. We fight for the (ground balls), fight for those goals and fight for a shot to win.”
It's has been just as exciting for the Central goalies. Blaze Hake and Erik Mirkovich have split time all year while keeping the Panthers undefeated. Hake, who plays the first half typically, finished with five saves Monday, while Mirkovich, who takes over in the second half, finished with one save.
Much of the excitement level for the two sophomores, however, has little to do with the shots they face on a nightly basis. It’s quite the opposite, in fact.
“This is very fun,” Mirkovich said. “The best part about it is that we don’t have to really do anything. We can just stand and watch (the offense).”
Adam Rebich led Susquehannock (6-4 overall, 5-3 league) with four goals, while teammate Jack Allred added two more for the Warriors.
Spring Grove 17, Conestoga Valley 9: At Conestoga Valley, Tanner Bolton led the Rockets by scoring six goals and adding two assists. Also for Spring Grove, Nick Myers had three goals and one assist, Jordan Hawkins scored three goals and Dylan Griffiths and Zeb Hollinger each scored two goals and added one assist.
Conestoga Valley 12, Spring Grove 10: At Spring Grove, Lauren Grove led the Rockets by scoring six goals and adding one assist. Also for the Rockets, Sam Richards and Cassidy Patchel each scored two goals and added one assist apiece.
Eastern York 13, Carlisle 5: At Wrightsville, Kylie Nikolaus led the Golden Knights with five goals. Also for Eastern, Briana Pfeiffer scored four goals, while Addy Malone scored three goals. Eastern is now 10-0 on the season.
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