York Suburban boys’ lacrosse coach Luke Beam saw a big difference in his team Monday evening.
Perhaps it was because of the motivation provided by setbacks against York-Adams League rivals Red Lion and York Catholic last week.
Or perhaps it was the fact that his squad faced a truly must-win contest against rival Dallastown.
Either way, the difference was clear and visible.
Sometimes, however, it takes a little bit more than that to succeed in the Y-A League.
Sometimes it takes a bit of luck, or in the case Monday, a big dose of confidence.
After allowing a 12-8 lead evaporate over the final nine minutes of regulation against the Wildcats, the Trojans still remained confident heading into overtime.
Beam’s team believed that they were going to win the face-off to begin overtime, and Beam was confident that he would call timeout after that happened.
But then John Geary spoke up and changed everything.
Geary disagreed with his coach about calling a timeout. And, to his credit, Beam sided with his talented midfielder.
Moments later it was a thing of beauty for the home side when Geary snagged the groundball off the face-off, drove into Dallastown territory and ripped off a shot across his body and into the net for the game-winner.
Seconds later, the Trojans were swarming Geary on the field after Suburban claimed a pivotal 13-12 triumph. The Trojans improved to 7-3 overall and in the league, while Dallastown fell to 8-2 overall and 7-2 in the league.
“I just slung it,” Geary said with a big smile.
First, however, he had to make sure his coach didn’t halt his quickly generated momentum.
“I was going to call timeout,” Beam said of his thoughts heading into the four-minute overtime session. “I said, ‘guys, Bryce (Gavin) is going to win this face-off and I’ll see you in a second.' But then John said, ‘Coach, are you sure? Let’s take a look at this.’ And I said ‘OK.’ So when we won the groundball, I didn’t hesitate for a second. I let them play.”
Geary, who scored three goals on the night, didn’t take long to break the deadlock. Only 13 seconds expired off the clock before he ripped a highlight tally into the cage.
“We had a game plan,” Geary said in front of a bunch of his teammates afterwards. “We knew we were going to win the face, but we didn’t know if coach was going to call timeout or not. Coach didn’t call timeout and let us play.”
Monday’s triumph was key for the Trojans. With the Y-A League taking only the top four teams into the playoffs, Suburban could ill afford a fourth loss.
Now they have a chance to clinch a spot by winning their final four games.
Maybe, just maybe, the schedule aligned perfectly for Geary and company. While the Trojans have had their share of issues with Central, Red Lion and York Catholic the past several years, the Wildcats were one team they enjoyed success against.
“The past two years we beat Dallastown by one goal,” Geary said. “I don’t know why, but we’ve play well against Dallastown for some reason.”
For the Wildcats it was another case of déjà vu. Two of their three consecutive losses in the regular season against the Trojans were in overtime.
After falling behind 12-8 with 9:30 left, the Wildcats rallied back. The visitors, who led 6-4 after a period, drew within a goal with 1:24 left before tying the game at 12 with 29.3 seconds remaining. Both tallies were recorded by Braven Morris, who finished with three goals and three assists.
Ryan Dodson had a chance from the left slot with under five seconds left, but his shot hit the post and sailed out of bounds as time expired.
Austin Sipes led Suburban with five goals while Dominic Corto scored a goal to go with three assists in the victory.
Susquehannock 15, Spring Grove 10: At Susquehannock, the Warriors were led by Jack Allred (five goals, assist), Colin Kernan (four goals, assist), Adam Rebich (three goals) and Jacob Bedgar (goal, three assists). Tanner Bolton (five goals, assist) and Zebulon Hollinger (three goals) paced the Rockets.
Red Lion 27, Cedar Cliff 3: At Red Lion, Alyssa Adams and Peyton Shima had huge nights for the Lions. Adams scored a game-high nine goals to go along with two assists, while Shima registered eight goals of her own, as well as posting a game-high five assists.
Spring Grove 12, Ephrata 10: At Spring Grove, the Rockets broke a halftime deadlock with Ephrata to earn the non-league victory. Cassidy Patchel scored six goals to lead Spring Grove, while Lauren Grove added four and Sam Richards had two goals and an assist.
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