It’s been a nonstop grind for Kennard-Dale girls’ lacrosse player Megan Halczuk.
A club indoor lacrosse season in the fall quickly gave way to a spot on the Rams’ basketball team.
The hoops endeavor turned into an historic season that saw the Rams win the program’s first PIAA contest, extending the season a bit longer than in the past. That meant even less time for Halczuk to prepare for the Rams’ defense of their York-Adams League girls' lacrosse crown.
Even with the hectic schedule putting wear on her body, however, the junior midfielder knew she’d be all right once the spring season got underway.
“It was kind of difficult. I actually did have an issue with my knee from overuse from going from indoor lacrosse to basketball and then lacrosse again,” Halczuk said. “…It wasn’t too bad because I did have conditioning. I was basically caught up with the girls there and fit in just fine.”
She was right. The NCAA Division I recruit for Winthrop put up some impressive numbers this season from her midfield position.
Halczuk posted 68 goals and 38 assists for 106 points, to go along with 143 draw controls and 19 interceptions. She also reached a career milestone recently, scoring the 150th goal of her Rams’ career during a victory Thursday against Dover.
Most Outstanding Player: Her standout efforts caught the attention of the area’s coaches. Halczuk was recently named the Most Outstanding Player for the 2018 season by the York-Adams League Girls’ Lacrosse Coaches Association.
“It means a lot to me because it’s not just my coach, or my club coach from Susky that knows me, it’s the whole league that recommended me,” Halczuk said.
Halczuk’s talents have led the Rams to a 14-2 overall record this season with an 11-1 mark in York-Adams play. Their only league loss was an early-season defeat in overtime to Susquehannock. There was also a nonleague setback against Manheim Township, which currently sits atop the District 3 Class 3-A power ratings.
K-D is currently in the No. 3 spot in the latest District 3 Class 2-A power ratings.
The Rams will begin their quest for a fourth-straight Y-A championship on Wednesday when they take on South Western at 5:30 p.m. at Susquehannock High School in a league semifinal.
“We’re definitely going to have to stay focused. … Stay focused and keep our composure together, and not underestimating any teams,” Halczuk said.
Other top honors: Naming Halczuk this season’s Most Outstanding Players was just one of the recent tasks taken on by the league’s coaches. The group also voted on first- and second-team selections, as well as honorable-mention picks. The coaches also chose an Attacker of the Year, a Goalie of the Year and a Coach of the Year.
Susquehannock’s Kenna Hancock was named the league’s Attacker of the Year, adding to a successful season that saw the Warriors pick up two other high honors as well.
Goalie Sam McGuire was chosen as the league's top netminder and coach Steve Marshner was picked the Coach of the Year.
Hancock posted 86 points on 63 goals and 23 assists while helping the Warriors go through Y-A play undefeated at 12-0. Susquehannock is 15-2 overall. Hancock is committed to play NCAA Division I lacrosse for Cincinnati.
Reach Elijah Armold at email@example.com.
The full all-league teams are as follows:
Kenna Hancock, Susquehannock (Attacker of the Year); Peyton Shima, Red Lion; Emma Randisi, Spring Grove; Emma Stiffler, Susquehannock
Megan Halczuk, Kennard-Dale (Most Outstanding Player); Elizabeth Antoshak, South Western; Riley Roeder, Susquehannock; Lauren China, York Catholic; Madison Kurland, Central York; Addison Malone, Eastern York
Emily Harrington, Red Lion; Jordan Gertz, South Western; Jordyn Prediger, Susquehannock; Jenna Soukaseum, Kennard-Dale
Sam McGuire, Susquehannock (Goalie of the Year)
Sarah Mazzur, York Catholic; Emily Kurland, Central York; Abby McFerren, Central York; Maddie Day, Kennard-Dale; Bri Smith, New Oxford; Hannah Huff, South Western
Paige Lantz, Dover; Morgan Bowings, Kennard-Dale; Carly Flickinger, New Oxford; Sydney Sweitzer, West York; Carlin Mayer, York Catholic; Kamille Wasilewski, York Suburban
McKenna Johnston, Central York; Kennedy Eckert, York Catholic; Lindsey O'Rourke, Dallastown; Lily Dressel, Kennard-Dale
Kirsten Lake, York Catholic
Lexie Leete, New Oxford
Liz Rader, Central York; Lauren Slonaker, New Oxford; Olivia Jackson, Dallastown; Holly Detwiler, West York; Shannon Staples, York Catholic
McKenna Keller, Eastern York; Annika Hanson, South Western; Kiera Andrews, Dallastown; Eryn Little, New Oxford; Courtney Cleary, Red Lion
Shaely Gamble, Dover; Zoe Watson, Red Lion
COACH OF THE YEAR
Steve Marshner, Susquehannock