Kennard-Dale captures fourth-straight York-Adams League girls' lacrosse crown

Elijah Armold

There was a measure of revenge that just made this one sweeter.

After having lost their previous meeting with the Susquehannock Warriors in heart-breaking fashion, Morgan Bowings and her Kennard-Dale Rams’ girls’ lacrosse teammates simply wanted this one more.

It also helps that there was some hardware on the line.

Bowings made sure that she and her fellow seniors never saw a loss in the York-Adams League playoff title game by scoring three goals and leading the Rams to a thrilling 9-8 victory in their rematch with the Warriors.

The win secured the fourth-straight Y-A title for the Rams, and their seventh in the eight years since the tourney began in 2011. It also denied the Warriors what would have been the school’s first league crown.

“It feels so much better because last time we lost in overtime, and it feels even greater because it’s the county championship. And we got the win and we’re county champions. That’s such a great feeling,” Bowings said.

Susquehannock's Riley Roeder, left, looks to pass the ball during girls' lacrosse championship action against Kennard-Dale at Horn Field in Red Lion, Friday, May 11, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Roeder makes for tense finish: Kennard-Dale’s Maddie Day scored with 10:38 left to play, capping a 4-1 run that saw the Rams slowly pull away from a 4-4 tie.

But Riley Roeder’s second goal of the game for Susky came three minutes later and teammate Maggie Howells put one on the board with 2:14 left to make things interesting at 8-7 Rams.

The Rams killed off nearly two minutes with a sustained possession that saw Autumn Kraemer score with 25 seconds left in the game.

Roeder finished off her hat trick with 8.7 seconds left to play, but the Warriors were unable to get a chance to push the game to overtime.

Bowings gets it going early: Bowings burst out early as the Rams and Warriors made a habit of exchanging momentum in a first half that saw four ties.

After the Warriors' Kenna Hancock opened the game’s scoring on a restart, Bowings answered with her first of the day to even the count. She added a restart goal of her own midway through the first half to make it 3-2 Rams.

The senior midfielder capped her hat trick effort early in the second half, kicking off the scoring spurt the Rams would ride to the title.

“Offensively, we were moving the ball really well, we were communicating and we were cutting really well,” Bowings said. “We had good feeds, good cuts and talking a lot, it worked really well.”

Kennard-Dale also benefited from the services of the league’s Most Outstanding Player, Megan Halczuk, who scored three goals in the victorious effort.

It was also Halczuk’s abilities on the draw that helped seal the outcome. She won her biggest draw of the day after Roeder’s goal in the closing seconds, allowing the Rams to run out the clock.

“We talked about the mistakes we had, we talked about we’ve come a long way and we’re proud of them,” Warriors coach Steve Marshner said of addressing his team afterward. “…We were right there. We’re competing against a great team. We feel we beat ourselves to some degree, but it’s a great team that we played against. That’s a positive.”

Arian Prediger scored a pair of goals for the Warriors.

Kennard-Dale's Mackenzie Young, left, drives the ball while Susquehannock's Kenna Hancock defends during girls' lacrosse championship action at Horn Field in Red Lion, Friday, May 11, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Districts next: Next up for the league champs is a District 3 Class 2-A first-round game that will see the No. 3-seed Rams host No. 14 Berks Catholic (7-10) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

While pleased with extending the program’s York-Adams League dominance, Rams head coach Kelly Wetzel knows there’s still room for improvement if his squad is to find success moving forward.

“I think anytime you’re able to lose one to a team and then come back and win a second time. …Yeah, this was definitely a good one,” Wetzel said. “… When you lose eight starters, that’s hard. So, I’m very impressed with this team, but we’re still getting there.”

The Warriors, the top-seed for the Class 2-A event, will begin their defense of their 2-A title by hosting York-Adams League foe No. 16 West York (7-9) the same day at the same time.

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