Clyde Tamburro had a simple message for his teammates during a timeout late in Thursday’s District 3 Class 2-A boys’ lacrosse quarterfinal at York Catholic.
The diminutive Lower Dauphin senior standout simply implored his fellow Falcons to do as he had done all game and exert every ounce of energy left. To that point, Tamburro had controlled much of the game, resulting in his team holding on to a trim, two-goal lead when play was paused.
The No. 10-seed Falcons took his message to heart and finished off a 13-11 upset of the No. 2 Irish.
“For some reason, we were just not prepared to play,” York Catholic head coach Shane Harper said. “I don’t know why. I don’t know if we looked at the scores and saw that Dallastown beat that team really badly earlier in the season, but our kids were just not here in the first half. One goal in the first half for us is pretty bad, especially with the offense we have.”
York Catholic nearly avoided defeat. The Irish were able to dig themselves out of a huge hole midway through the third quarter.
The Irish, trailing 11-1 midway through that frame, began a 7-0 scoring run that carried over into the final stanza. During that stretch, the Irish trio of Eli Doyle, Steven Nigro and Dimitri Amalfitano got loose offensively. Doyle netted two of his team-high four goals during the run, while Nigro and Amalfitano also scored a pair each.
However, Tamburro, as he had done all game long, came through in a big spot by ending the Irish run with 7:21 left to play. It was Tamburro’s wrap-around goal late in the fourth that pushed the Falcons’ lead to 13-10.
Doyle finished his scoring with 45 seconds left, but by then the damage was done.
The game got away from the Irish thanks to a dominant first half from Tamburro and the Falcons. One that saw Lower Dauphin race out to a 9-1 lead.
Tamburro collected three of his team-high five goals during the stretch. He also scooped three of his team-high four groundballs and won nine face-offs while the Falcons flourished. Tamburro finished with five goals and two assists. He also helped the Falcons control possession by winning 18 of 26 face-offs.
“(Tamburro) really just controlled the game, his ground ball ability was just killer,” Harper said. “Every time there was a ball on the ground, he had it. And he wanted the ground balls, too. You could just see it in his eyes, when the ball hit the ground he just got a big smile. He was killer on the face-offs, too.”
Doyle led the Irish with four goals and two assists. Nigro added a hat trick for York Catholic.
The win sends the Falcons (11-7) into Tuesday’s semifinals against Hershey at 7 p.m. at Cumberland Valley. The victory also clinches a berth in the PIAA tournament for Lower Dauphin.
York Catholic (14-5) can still reach the PIAA event. However, they will need to do so by winning the District 3 consolation bracket. York Catholic will face York Suburban on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Susquehannock High School.
Eastern York 12, Trinity 10: At Shiremanstown, the 12th-seeded Golden Knights punched their ticket to the PIAA state playoffs by earning a District 3 Class 2-A quarterfinal victory over the fourth-seeded Shamrocks. Jim Kurnik (three goals, two assists), Bryce Henise (two goals, two assists), Cole Witman (two goals, assist), John Gilbert (two goals), Dom Particelli (two goals) and Kevin Royce (20 saves) paced Eastern. The Golden Knights (12-7) moved to the district semifinals, where they will face top-seeded Palmyra at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lower Dauphin. Palmyra (20-1) advanced with a 14-3 triumph over No. 8 seed Cocalico.
Hershey 12, York Suburban 4: At Hershey, the 11th-seeded Trojans fell to the third-seeded Trojans in a District 3 Class 2-A quarterfinal. Dominic Corto (two goals, assist), Austin Sipes (goal, assist) and Blake Wallace (13 saves) led Suburban, which fell to 10-7. Hershey improved to 14-6. Suburban gets knocked into the consolation bracket. Two wins there would earn them fifth place in the district and a state playoff berth.
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