GLEN ROCK – The Susquehannock girls’ lacrosse team didn’t have to look too far for motivation after a disappointing loss in the York-Adams League semifinals against York Catholic.
Shortly after that setback, coach Steve Marshner brought up the Warrior girls’ basketball team as a perfect point of reference for how to proceed. The basketball squad lost in the first round of the Y-A League playoffs before embarking on an historic postseason run that included a District 3 title.
Wednesday evening the Warrior lacrosse team had a chance to take another step in that same direction when they hosted Cocalico in a District 3 Class 2-A quarterfinal contest.
They didn’t disappoint.
Marshner’s top-seeded squad played a nearly flawless game against the No. 9 seeded Eagles. They raced out to an early three-goal lead and never let up en route to a convincing 22-10 triumph. Susquehannock has now scored 50 goals in two district playoff games.
The Warriors (18-3) now advance to the semifinals, where they will face No. 4 Hershey (16-3) at Penn Manor High School Monday at 5 p.m. The Trojans advanced after downing Lancaster Country Day, 18-9, in their quarterfinal showdown.
The triumph also clinched the program’s first-ever PIAA berth. All four District 3 2-A semifinalists advance to the state playoffs this year.
“We’re 2-for-2,” Marshner said with a smile. “We’re off to a good start. We’re playing well.”
Part of the reason the Warriors have enjoyed success in their district run is the unselfish nature of the team’s attack. Against Cocalico, the team tallied 12 assists on its 22 goals, with Kayla Held finishing with a team-high five helpers.
“Sometimes I say to myself, ‘hey, we could have shot,’” Marshner said. “We pass it and pass it and sometimes it feels like it’s a little too much, but a lot of them love the assists.”
Marshner’s daughter, Rachel, found herself on the finishing side of many of those passes. The senior scored eight times to go with two assists.
“We’re always looking to assist,” she said. “... We trust each other and we know that when we throw it, they’re going to shoot and score.”
The Warriors hope their solid play continues as they look to follow their school’s basketball team by winning a district title next week. A bit of good news for them is that the No. 1 seed earned them the luxury of avoiding both York Catholic and Kennard-Dale until the district final.
Of their three losses, two of them came against those two rivals (K-D once and York Catholic once). While they are not overlooking a talented Hershey squad by any means, another crack at either of those two local teams in the final would make it all that more satisfying.
“The next day at practice we were all like, ‘what happened?,’” Rachel Marshner said of the 11-5 loss to the Irish in the league semifinals. “We all just talked it all out. And, honestly, what’s so special about us is that we’re all such good friends that we were able to talk it out and build some intensity. All we do is build each other up. If something goes badly we just say we have to fix this and we continue to build each other up.”
Kenna Hancock finished with four goals for the Warriors, while Gena Speights and Held each tallied three goals.
Alyiah Price and Lyndsay Engle scored three goals each for Cocalico (11-8).
Kennard-Dale 21, Trinity 10: At Fawn Grove, the second-seeded Rams moved into the semifinals of the District 3 2-A tournament with another convincing win, this time over the No. 7 Shamrocks. The win assured K-D (16-1-1) of a PIAA state berth. In two district games, the Rams have scored 50 goals. K-D scored 14 times in the opening half to establish a sizeable cushion going into the final 25 minutes and cruised from there. Morgan Bowings led the attack with six goals and two assists, while Emmie Dressel added five goals and five assists. In two district games, Dressel has eight goals and 18 assists. Gillian Zimmerman also scored three goals for the Rams vs. Trinity (12-7).
York Catholic 12, Wyomissing 10: At York, the No. 3 seed Lady Irish also clinched a state playoff berth with a District 3 2-A quarterfinal triumph over the No. 6 seed. The Irish jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but couldn't shake Wyomissing. Amanda Tufano (five goals, assist), Lauren China (three goals) and Sarah Mazzur (two goals) paced York Catholic's attack. The Irish improved to 15-2-1. York Catholic will now face No. 2 Kennard-Dale in Monday's semifinals, the third meeting between the two Y-A League rivals. The game is set for 6 p.m. at Susquehannock. The first meeting ended in a tie, while K-D won the second meeting in the York-Adams title game, 12-10.
Wilson 17, South Western 7: At Wilson, the Bulldogs elimited the Mustangs from the District 3 2-A tournament in the quarterfinals. Wilson scored 11 goals in the opening half to build a nine-point lead by halftime. Caitlyn Coates was the only South Western player to score multiple goals, netting two. The loss for the Mustangs ends their season a game short of qualifying for the state playoffs with a record of 11-7.
Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.