The Central York boys' lacrosse team got its 2018 season off to a solid start with a 16-8 victory against visiting York Suburban on Thursday, March 29. Elijah Armold, York Dispatch
While the preponderance of precipitation has hampered the start of numerous spring sports, the York-Adams lacrosse leagues have been able to weather the storms and proceed with only minor impairment.
Enough of the schedule has now transpired that the playoff races are slowly starting to take shape. In fact, by the end of the coming week, the District 3 tournament will be only a month out.
Before those events arrive, however, will come the matter of determining Y-A boys' and girls' champions. Each league will allow four teams to battle for those titles, and the action set to take place this week will go a long way in deciding who those teams will be.
This week’s action will also feature a "surprise" team in each league that will look to take another step toward proving it belongs among the best.
Boys: On the boys’ side, Spring Grove is off to a surprising 4-1 start, which includes a 4-0 Y-A record that has them sitting second in the latest league standings. The Rockets made their presence known with a 5-4 statement victory at York Suburban on April 4.
This week will see the Rockets travel to Red Lion (2-3, 1-2 Y-A) on Tuesday before hosting York Catholic (2-2, 2-0) on Friday. Those games will also be of district significance, as well. The Rockets are seventh in the latest District 3 Class 2-A power ratings, with 16 teams making the 2-A field.
Red Lion owns the 12th-and-final 3-A spot, so the Lions would like a win simply to stay on track, while a Rockets' win would pad their chances. The game vs. the Irish, No. 13 in 2-A, could also help situate Spring Grove nicely for a playoff spot.
The week’s boys’ schedule, however, is highlighted by a pair of games featuring the league’s defending champion, and favorite to repeat — Central York.
The Panthers, are third in both the Y-A League at 3-0 and in District 3 3-A at 3-0 overall.
The first team looking to knock off the Panthers will be York Catholic (2-0 in the league). The Irish, who sit fourth in the standings, host the Panthers on Tuesday. Central completes its week by hosting division-leading Dallastown (5-0, 5-0) on Friday.
The Wildcats will start their week with a home contest against New Oxford on Monday. Dallastown is fifth in the District 3 3-A ratings.
Other boys’ team that would currently qualify for the District 3 tournament include Susquehannock (3-2, 3-1, No. 9 in 2-A), South Western (3-2, 2-2, No. 11 in 2-A) and Red Lion (2-3, 1-2, No. 12 in 3-A).
Girls: Each year, it’s no surprise to see schools such as Susquehannock, Kennard-Dale and York Catholic atop the Y-A girls’ lacrosse standings. But the name at the top so far this season is the one who highlights play on Monday.
Central leads the league after a 5-0 start that’s seen a 4-0 run in league play. It’s also landed the Panthers in the second spot of the most recent District 3 3-A power ratings. Central is only one of two Y-A clubs that would currently qualify for the 3-A field.
The Panthers will get to prove their place among the league’s top teams when they host traditional power York Catholic to kick off the week. The Irish (1-2, 1-2 Y-A) are reeling after suffering setbacks to Kennard-Dale and South Western on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
It’s the start of what could be a pivotal week for the Irish’s playoff chances. Things don’t get any easier when York Catholic will face another top team later in the week when it hosts second-place Susquehannock (5-0, 3-0) on Friday. They’ll get ready for that contest by hosting Spring Grove (1-4, 1-2) the day before.
Central caps its week with consecutive road trips to Spring Grove and Dallastown on Wednesday and Thursday.
South Western, with a 4-0 overall mark that has it fourth in the 3-A ratings, sits third in the Y-A standings at 3-0. After taking down the Irish on Saturday, the Mustangs can make their case as one the league’s elite with a pair of premier match-ups this week.
South Western hosts Susky on Tuesday before traveling to Fawn Grove for a battle with fourth-place K-D (4-1, 3-1) on Thursday.
Speaking of the Rams, they’re coming off a thrilling week that saw a tough overtime loss to Susquehannock on April 3 before an OT win vs. Red Lion on April 5. They followed that victory with a win against the Irish on April 6 to get to 3-1 in league play.
They’ll round out their week with a trip to West York (2-2, 1-2) on Tuesday. The Warriors complete their week with a visit from New Oxford (1-2, 1-2) on Thursday.
As far as District 3 positioning in concerned, the Warriors are second in 2-A, with K-D (No. 6), Eastern York (No. 10), West York (No. 11), Dover (No. 14) and York Catholic (No. 16) all currently on pace for a postseason spot.
Elijah Armold is a sports reporter for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com.