Local roundup: South Western boys' lacrosse squeaks past Cumberland Valley in OT

The Mustangs kept their season alive with the 9-8 victory in the district playoffs.

Staff Report

The South Western boys' lacrosse team made a furious comeback to extend its season Tuesday night, coming away with a 9-8 overtime victory at home in the first round of the District 3 Class 3A playoffs.

The No. 6-seed Mustangs trailed 6-2 at halftime and 8-4 through three quarters before scoring four unanswered goals in the final period. Then, in sudden-death overtime, the hosts found the back of the net to put the finishing touches on a stirring surge.

Senior Matt Benzing starred for South Western, scoring five goals and adding two assists. Teammate Cole Dettinger tallied two goals and an assist, while Hunter Gray scored twice. Ben Kline led the defense with seven ground balls and four takeaways. Goalie Tyler Martin saved 10 of 18 shots. The Mustangs prevailed despite winning just five of 21 faceoffs in the game.

South Western improved to 16-4 with the nail-biting win, while the No. 11-seed Eagles dropped to 12-6 with the elimination loss.

South Western vs. Eastern York during boys’ lacrosse action at Eastern York High School in Lower Windsor Township, Tuesday, May 2, 2023. South Western would win the game 13-6. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The Mustangs advanced to a district quarterfinal matchup with No. 3-seed Central York. The Panthers are 17-2 with 17 consecutive wins, including a 17-3 handling of Dallastown last Friday for the York-Adams League title. The teams will square off at 5 p.m. Thursday.

It was a busy day of lacrosse at South Western. Susquehannock's girls — who played in Hanover rather than their home turf in Glen Rock — opened the action with a 4 p.m. start against Trinity, with the Shamrocks beating the Warriors 16-14. South Western's girls followed with an 18-1 handling of Mifflin County, then the Mustang boys closed the tripleheader with their late heroics.


District 3 Class 3A first round

Carlisle 13, Red Lion 8: At Carlisle, the No. 7-seed Thundering Herd (14-4) led 6-3 at the half and pulled away in the third quarter to down the No. 10-seed Lions (11-5) and advance to a quarterfinal matchup with No. 2 Dallastown. With the loss, Red Lion has been eliminated.

District 3 Class 2A first round

New Oxford 22, Wyomissing 11: At New Oxford, Ryan Carver scored eight goals and added five assists to lead the No. 7-seed Colonials (10-6) to the easy home victory. Carver's seventh goal of the night with 4:50 left in the third quarter gave the junior 100 for his career. New Oxford led 9-7 at halftime but scored the first 10 goals of the third quarter to pull away. Jake Ward finished with five goals, while Jarret Bitzer had three goals and two assists. With the win, the Colonials advance to a quarterfinal matchup with No. 2-seed Susquehannock at 6 p.m. Friday.

Twin Valley 16, Eastern York 11: At Twin Valley, the No. 6-seed Raiders (13-5) led 12-7 through three quarters and held on despite a four-goal run by the No. 11-seed Golden Knights (10-9) that cut the deficit to one. Adam Myers scored four goals for Eastern, the last of which came with 4:41 to play. But Twin Valley pulled away down the stretch and eliminated the Knights from the postseason.


District 3 Class 3A first round

South Western 18, Mifflin County 1: At Hanover, the No. 7-seed Mustangs (15-5) dominated the No. 10-seed Huskies (12-4) en route to the easy home playoff victory. With the win, South Western advances to a 7 p.m. Thursday quarterfinal clash at No. 2-seed Red Lion; the Mustangs have beaten the Lions twice already this season.

South Western's Rachel Marshall (8) against Red Lion in the YAIAA girls lacrosse semi-final in Springettsbury on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.

Penn Manor 10, Dallastown 8: At Millersville, the No. 8-seed Comets (14-5) held off the No. 9-seed Wildcats (11-6) en route to the first-round victory.

District 3 Class 2A first round

Kennard-Dale 10, Red Land 8: At Red Land, the No. 9-seed Rams (13-5) secured the road victory over the No. 8-seed Patriots (13-6). With the win, Kennard-Dale advances to a quarterfinal matchup at No. 1-seed Hershey at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Trinity 16, Susquehannock 14: At South Western, the No. 12-seed Shamrocks (11-7) knocked off the No. 5-seed Warriors (12-6) and advanced to a district quarterfinal matchup at No. 4 Lower Dauphin. Sienna Chirieleison scored 10 goals and added three assists for Trinity. With the loss, Susquehannock has been eliminated.

High School Boys' Volleyball

District 3 Class 3A first round

Red Lion's Tyler Good (4) against Eastern York during their boys volleyball match in Red Lion on Thursday, March 30, 2023.

Red Lion 3, Hempfield 2: At Hempfield, the No. 10-seed Lions (10-7) rallied after dropping the first two sets to come all the way back and capture the next three for a 22-25, 22-25, 25-20, 27-25, 15-9 victory. With the win, Red Lion (10-7) moves on to the quarterfinals and will visit Warwick (12-0) at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Central York 3, Penn Manor 0: At Central York, the No. 3-seed Panthers (15-1) won the first-round matchup by the scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-23. With the win, Central York now moves on to the quarterfinals and will host No. 6 Governor Mifflin (12-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Northeastern 3, Elizabethtown 0: At Manchester, the No. 4-seed Bobcats (14-3) won by the scores of 25-14, 25-19 and 25-13. Northeastern now moves on to a quarterfinal matchup against No. 5 Cedar Crest (15-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Carlisle 3, Dallastown 0: At Dallastown, the No. 9-seed Thundering Herd (11-6) won by the scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 25-21. With the loss, No. 8-seed Dallastown (11-6) has been eliminated.


East Prospect 3, Windsor 0: At Windsor, Dylan Stoops pitched a shutout, struck out 12 and allowed just two singles to lead the Pistons (3-1) to the road victory. Teammate Jay Clinger went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer in the top of the third, while Ryky Smith went 2 for 3 and Brett Alaimo went 2 for 4. For the Cardinals (1-2), Noah Beach threw 2 2/3 of one-hit shutout relief on the mound.

York Township 7, Hallam 3: At York Township, the hosts plated six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-3 lead and went on to capture the victory. Dave Miele hit a two-run single during the rally and finished 2 for 4, while Steve Miele went 2 for 2 to lead the offense for York Township (2-2). For the Express (2-3), Alex Tucci and Ethan Shimmel each went 2 for 3.

Stewartstown 13, Felton 6: At Stewartstown, Luke Kordaz and Jeremiah Preston led the Vets (2-3) to the home victory by each going 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Ryan Schubert went 2 for 4 and Colin Dempsey went 2 for 3, both adding a double and two RBIs. For the Mad Dogs (1-2), Will Plappert and Quinton McNew each went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Conrads 12, Jacobus 1 (5 innings): At Conrads, Jonathan Karlheim connected for a grand slam in the bottom of the third to help power the hosts (2-1) to the victory. Teammate Loch Williams went 2 for 3 with a three-run homer in the fifth, while Jaxson Pupo had a solo shot and Channing Bratton hit a two-run blast in the third. Steve Lehman threw all five innings on the mound and allowed no earned runs. For the Jackals (3-2), Brandon Shirk went 1 for 2 with one RBI.


Manchester 2, Stoverstown 1: At Manchester, Joe Capobianco's one-out sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth scored Nate Moser from third to break the 1-1 tie and gave the Indians (2-0) the lead for good. The Indians tied the game earlier in the inning when Owen Kitts scored on a wild pitch. Kody Reeser pitched four innings, while Konnor Reeser and Alex Barger combined for a shutout in the final three frames. For Stoverstown (1-1), Brandon Warner went 2 for 3 at the plate and Joe Yourgal threw a complete game on the mound, allowing five hits and two runs to take the loss. 

Mount Wolf 7, Jefferson 4: At Mount Wolf, Miles Campbell led the Wolves (2-0) to the home victory by going 2 for 2 with a triple and two RBIs. Teammate Grant Hoover went 2 for 4 with three RBIs; Mark Burnside went 2 for 4; and Quinn Shindler threw 3 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win. For the Titans (0-2), Andrew Kramer went 1 for 3 with two RBIs.