GLEN ROCK — Susquehannock girls’ lacrosse coach Steve Marshner still has a few unanswered questions about his team with just more than a week left in the regular season.
Some of that can be attributed to the schedule. Season-defining contests against both York-Adams League rivals York Catholic (win) and Kennard-Dale (loss) came within a week of one another in early April.
Injuries and illnesses have also come into the equation. For instance, the Warriors were without two starters — Rachel Marshner and Haley Martinez — when they hosted an up-and-coming Eastern York outfit Tuesday evening. The Warriors still earned a 23-8 triumph.
Either way, the one thing that coach Marshner is hoping to finally see from his squad has been missing — consistency.
“There are minutes where we just look beautiful,” he said. “But there are times when it looks like we have a lot of improving to do. And still, this deep into the season, I don’t know if we found it yet.”
Marshner pointed out this past Saturday morning’s clash with Wyomissing as an example.
“We didn’t play our best against them,” he said. “We had a not-so-great first half, but we turned it on in the second half.”
With their two biggest rivals out of the way already as the regular season winds down, the Warriors still need tests to find out their mettle. Games against Eastern, which came into the night with a pretty 10-2 record overall, and later in the season against perennial power Hempfield (9-3) will be used by Marshner to gauge his team.
“We know what we need to do,” he said. “But we are still working our way there.”
Offensively Susquehannock (9-1 overall, 6-1 league) is as potent as anyone in the Y-A League. It all starts with Gina Speights, who scored nine goals in her team’s victory over the Golden Knights (10-3, 6-3) Tuesday.
Riley Roeder and Emma Stiffler have proven capable alternate options on the attack. Their emergence makes it difficult for opponents to key entirely on Speights, which opens up the offense.
Marshner seemed to be pretty impressed with his team’s midfield play, especially with Martinez and his daughter out of the lineup Tuesday. After Eastern scored four goals to pull within 7-4 with 17:09 left in the first half, the Warriors allowed just one goal over the next 12 minutes.
By that time they enjoyed a comfortable 10-goal advantage that they carried into the half.
“We got all of our middies time and exposure during this game,” he said. “And each one of them did something that was beneficial. We are deep, but we’re still growing some talent. And this was a good opportunity for us to get them in. You hate to not have two starters, but sometimes you have to do it.”
York Catholic 16, Dover 5: At York Catholic, Anna Linthicum recorded a seven-point effort and teammate Sarah Mazzur had six points for the Irish. Linthicum scored three goals and assisted on four more, while Mazzur scored four goals and had two assists. Kayleigh Pokrivka scored four goals as well for York Catholic, while she also had an assist. Paige Lantz scored three goals for Dover.
York Catholic 21, Dover 2: At Dover, Eli Doyle led the Irish by scoring seven goals and adding three assists. Dimitri Amalfitano and Steven Nigro each scored four goals and added two assists for the Irish, while Chandler Hake had four goals and one assist and Matthew Cassidy added three assists. Ian Schlaugh had one goal and one assist.
Red Lion 31, Delone Catholic 7: At Red Lion, the Lions’ goal-scoring prowess was on full display against the Squires, scoring 24 times in the first two quarters. Sam Emig (five goals, three assists) and Elijah Workinger (four goals, four assists) each had a game-high eight points to lead Red Lion, while Dylan Waskiswicz had five goals and two assists. Three other players scored at least three goals for the Lions.
Susquehanock 12, Eastern York 8: At Wrightsville, the Warriors picked up a big road win over the Golden Knights. Jacob Bedgar had five goals and an assist to lead Susquehannock, while Adam Rebich chipped in with four goals and an assist. Cole Witman had three goals and an assist, while Jimmy Kurnik netted two goals and added an assist.
Spring Grove 18, Kennard-Dale 5: At Spring Grove, Tanner Bolton led the Rockets by scoring four goals and adding one assist. Also for the Rockets, Cameron Back, Dylan Griffiths and Nick Myers each scored three goals and added one assist, G.G. Hawkins had two goals and three assists, while Nick Gregory had one goal and added four assists. For the Rams, Cody Cairns had two goals and one assist, while Carson Kratzer scored two goals.
Central York 15, West York 8: At Emigsville, the Panthers held a one-goal lead at the half, but dominated the final two quarters and pulled away from the Bulldogs. T.J. Ross and Ryan Kilgour each had four goals and three assists to lead Central, while Ryan Fahs had three goals and three assists. Central York improved to 12-0 overall and 10-0 in the York-Adams League. Cam Goodling scored four goals and added an assist to lead West York, while Jordan Billet scored twice.
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