After three years of waiting, the Susquehannock boys' lacrosse team finally defeated York-Adams League foe York Catholic. The Warriors' Jacob Bedgar (4 goals, 1 assist) and head coach Russ LeBlanc discussed the victory afterwards.
GLEN ROCK — A few years had passed since the last time the Susquehannock High School boys’ lacrosse team had beaten York-Adams League rival York Catholic.
Three years, to be exact.
That fact wasn’t lost on Warriors senior attacker Jacob Bedgar.
After not enjoying the success he’d hoped for against the Irish in the past, Bedgar decided to change things up a bit. The result was a four-goal, one-assist night for Bedgar to help push the Warriors to a 14-11 victory Monday night at home.
“I don’t really dodge a whole lot, and I thought ‘let’s start it.’ It’s something different, I’ll do it, and it was working for me,” Bedgar said. “I got in there and did what I had to do, I did my job. That’s (something) we always stick to — doing our jobs.”
Lacrosse, at times, can be a game of scoring runs. Monday’s match-up was a great example.
Each team saw a sustained offensive outburst in the first half, before Susquehannock became the first squad to create a second solid streak and pull away for the win.
With the score knotted at 9-9, junior attack Ian LeBlanc collected a loose ball when the Irish failed to clear and then bounced home his second goal of the night. Bedgar followed with another goal for the Warriors, kicking off a 5-0 run that extended into the final quarter.
“(The win is) huge for our program, we haven’t beaten these guys in like three years. And that’s a big accomplishment,” Bedgar said. “This program is so great, I love being here. Like I told (his teammates), 'I would not change this team for anybody else.' I love these guys so much.”
Irish run: After finding themselves behind 7-2 early in the second quarter, the Irish went on their run. Chandler Hake scored his third goal of contest to spark a 5-1 scoring run to close out the first half. After Bedgar recorded his hat trick goal midway through the third quarter, Dimitri Amalfitano scored two of his three goals on the night for York Catholic unanswered to even the score.
Susquehannock raced out the big lead early behind a stout first-quarter effort from Gavin Held. The sophomore midfielder opened the game’s scoring by scooping a rebound in front of the Irish goal and then flipping a quick shot over his shoulder for a 1-0 lead.
Held finished his hat trick with 1:29 left in the opening quarter to give the Warriors a 5-0 lead.
After Hake scored his first of the game to put the Irish on the board, Bedgar answered with his second of the game. Hake would answer that to make it 6-2 Warriors after the opening 12 minutes.
Hake finished with a game-high five goals and an assist for the Irish.
Strong goalie play: Another major reason the Warriors could race out to their advantages, and put away the game late, was the stellar play in net of sophomore Connor Kernan. He finished with 13 saves.
“They just played really well together. Defense had good stops and our goalie play has been phenomenal all season,” Warriors head coach Russ LeBlanc said. “When you get good stops and then can move the ball down the field pretty quick, good things can happen.”
Adam Rebich and Colin Kernan each scored a pair of goals for the Warriors, with Rebich adding two assists and Kernan one.
Matthew Cassidy scored two goals and assisted on three more for the Irish.
With the win, Susquehannock improved to 8-3 overall. More importantly, however, the win was crucial for the Warriors' league tournament aspirations. Susquehannock now sports a 7-2 league record, which leapfrogged the Irish, who are now 6-4 overall and 6-2 in Y-A play.
It also pulled the Warriors into a three-way tie for second-place in the standings with Dallastown (9-2, 7-2) and Red Lion (9-3, 7-2). Central York leads at 8-0.
Susquehannock has four York-Adams contests remaining, including Tuesday’s home game against Eastern York (3-7, 2-6). Thursday then sees the Warriors travel to York Suburban (6-4, 4-4). Susquehannock closes its regular season at home vs. Dover (0-10, 0-9) on Tuesday, May 1, and a trip to Red Lion on Thursday, May 3.
“It’s another notch in the win column, so that’s always good. It’s another step forward for us. …I feel like these guys have their eyes on the prize and they keep working hard every day,” coach LeBlanc said. “We just keep taking steps one day at a time and one game at a time.”
Red Lion 20, Cedar Cliff 2: At Cedar Cliff, the Lions (6-4) rolled to the nonleague win behind big games from Sara Simms (four goals, four assists), Peyton Shima (six goals, assist), Kaiya Edwards (three goals), Kate Baker (two goals, assist) and Kaitlynn Lower (two goals).
West York 13, Elizabethtown 11: At West York, the Bulldogs won behind big games from Sydney Sweitzer (five goals, two assists), Holly Detwiler (six goals, assist) and Reilly Dearolf (eight saves).
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