GLEN ROCK — The fierce rivalry between the Susquehannock and Kennard-Dale high school girls’ lacrosse teams saw another incredible chapter written on Tuesday night during the Warriors’ thrilling 11-10 overtime victory.
If each installment has its own author, Tuesday night’s could easily be credited to Kenna Hancock. Not only were her game-high six goals crucial to the outcome, but it was the junior attacker’s defensive play that helped seal the victory.
Late in the first three minutes of overtime, Rams goalie Maria Schneider made one of her nine saves off a Warriors free position, and it looked as though K-D would take the next swing at the sudden-death victory between the York-Adams League powers.
As the Rams were racing the ball downfield, however, Hancock closed in on the ball carrier and used a nice stick check to cause a loose ball around midfield. Hancock collected the ground ball before a Rams infraction caused a stoppage in play.
On the restart, the Warriors got the ball to Emma Stiffler, who held possession while her teammates set up the offense. Stiffler waited patiently for Riley Roeder to cut into the heart of the Rams defense before finding her stick with a crisp pass.
Roeder made a quick dodge before burying her second goal of the game and sending the Warrior faithful into a frenzy.
“It was two teams playing really hard,” Warriors head coach Steve Marshner said. “Both teams made mistakes out there, and in the long run, someone was finally going to capitalize.”
Close all the way: In a game that saw seven ties and six lead changes, neither team led by more than two goals. It was Hancock that got the action started. She scored the Warriors' first three goals to help Susky build a 4-2 lead midway through the first half.
Hancock’s go-to move would see her start behind the net, before racing out to the right side, hammering on the breaks and putting a quick spin move on her defender to create shooting space.
Every time the Warriors got something going, however, the Rams' duo of Megan Halczuk and Morgan Bowings were there to answer. The pair each scored a goal off a free position the give K-D its first lead of the game at 5-4 with 3:43 left before halftime.
The shift in momentum came in large part from a dominant night on the draw for the Rams. K-D won 15 of the game’s 21 draws, many coming in a stretch that spanned the middle of the first half to the middle of the second.
Hancock’s fourth score of the night came off a sidearm whipped shot on a free position of her own, sending the teams into halftime knotted at 5-5.
K-D’s two-goal advantage came with 18:36 left to play when Halczuk scored the third of her four goals. Bowings would finish the game with three goals and an assist.
Two quick goals from the Warriors, however, capped by yet another Hancock goal when she emerged from behind the net, saw the game again tied at 8-8.
Goalies excel: To their credit, Schneider and Susky’s Sam McGuire were both brilliant in net, but one had to settle for the tough-luck loss. Late in the second half, it looked like it might be McGuire tagged with that label. A series of point-blank saves, however, helped protect a late 10-9 lead before Halczuk could push the game into the extra session.
“The message was basically calm down and get your focus,” Marshner said of addressing his team before overtime. “We got here and we might have to make another defensive play. And we lost the draw to start and had to make a defensive stand. Then we got the ball back … and then we finally got it in.”
Thanks to the heroics of Hancock and Roeder, McGuire wound up with win after making 11 saves.
The Rams' best chance at the golden goal came off free position chance that saw Halczuk flip a quick pass to Bowings near the left corner of the net. The Warriors, however, were saved when Bowings’ shot rang off the side of the post and Susky gained possession.
Stiffler finished with a goal and four assists and teammate Harley Mummert scored a pair of goals.
Weather leads to change in venue: Tuesday night’s affair was originally scheduled to be played Tuesday afternoon in Fawn Grove. However, poor field conditions, thanks to the area’s seemingly-never-ending stretch of wet weather, caused a change in venue.
With the league schedule already backed up, the Rams reached out and suggested the game get shifted to the artificial turf in Glen Rock and moved to the evening to get clear from an earlier rain storm.
“It’s early in the season, both teams haven’t had a lot of field time,” Marshner said. “And I thought the play was amazing considering all of the weather problems and everything going on.”
West York 11, Dallastown 10 (OT): At West York, the Bulldogs won in overtime on Holly Detwiler's goal. Detwiler finished with five goals. Sydney Sweitzer also had five goals and an assist for the winners. Olivia Orendorf had four goals and an assist for Dallastown.
Spring Grove 13, York Suburban 7: At Spring Grove, Emma Randisi led the Rockets by scoring seven goals and adding one assist. Also for Spring Grove, Hannah Miller had two goals and one assist, while Hylin Sorrell had one goal and one assist. For the Trojans, Kamille Wasilewski had three goals and one assist, while Christina Cologer scored three goals and Katherine Mooney had one goal and one assist.
Susquehannock 15, Kennard-Dale 0: At Glen Rock, Ian LeBlanc led the Warriors by scoring three goals and adding two assists. Logan Wojcik and Jacob Bedgar each scored three goals, Allen Clapp scored two goals and Gavin Held and Colin Kernan each scored one goal and added one assist. The Warriors' defense held the Rams to five shots on goal.
Eastern York 10, Delone Catholic 6: At Wrightsville, Gavin Evans led the Golden Knights by scoring three goals and adding one assist. Also for Eastern, Bryce Henise scored three goals, while Michael Cadyn and Rylan Emlet each scored two goals. Golden Knights goalie Kade Wiley made 25 stops.
York Catholic 16, South Western 6: At Hanover, Cole Witman led the Irish by scoring six goals and adding two assists. Also for the Irish, Matthew Cassidy had two goals and two assists, while Dimitri Amalfitano had one goal and three assists. For the Mustangs, Sean Quinn scored three goals.
Dallastown 17, West York 5: At Dallastown, Tanner Haines and Ethan Pickett led the Wildcats by each scoring five goals and adding one assist. Also for Dallastown, Ryan Dodson scored four goals, Josh Sebastian had two goals and one assist and Spencer Bertok scored one goal and picked up two assists. For the Bulldogs, Brody Portner scored four goals.
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