Comeback falls short for Warwick in loss to CD Girls Lacrosse
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
Time wasn’t on the Warwick girls’ side.
After falling behind 7-0 early against Central Dauphin last Saturday, the Lady Warriors put together a furious comeback.
In the end, though, they couldn’t completely erase the deficit and the Lady Rams held on for an 11-9 non-league win in Harrisburg.
"I was very proud of the way the girls fought back," Warwick coach Eric Jeanes said.
That game continued a trend for Warwick (1-1 L-L, 1-3 overall) in which it has struggled to play a complete game. In the Lady Warriors’ 11-6 league loss to Hempfield last Wednesday, March 27, they trailed by just one goal at the break before the Lady Knights broke things open in the second half.
"That has been a problem for us," Jeanes acknowledged. "We finished poorly against Hempfield and started slowly against CD. If we can figure out how to put full games together, I think we will be a good team."
Seniors Alex White finished with four goals against Central Dauphin (3-0) and Jess Talbot added two, as the Lady Warriors closed their deficit to 7-3 at the half. White and Talbot are currently 1-2 on the team in goal-scoring this season with 13 and 11 goals, respectively.
Overall, the Lady Rams had only a slim 17-15 edge in shots, and Meredith Michel, Jamie Martin and Marleise Emrhein also found the back of the net while helping Warwick outscore CD 6-4 in the second half.
But sophomore keeper Emily Reichelderfer finished with nine saves in goal for Central Dauphin to keep Warwick at bay. Senior Alyssa Bost had three goals to pace the Lady Rams’ attack.
"We were down 7-0 and never stopped playing hard," Jeanes said. "We stayed calm on attack and worked to get turnovers on defense. Unfortunately, we ran out of time."
White and Talbot added assists in the loss for Warwick, while keeper Kelsea Hershey stepped up with six saves.
Last Wednesday, Megan Bupp and Megan Brogan scored four goals apiece, leading the Hempfield girls on a 5-1 second-half run and an 11-6 win over Warwick in Lititz.
"We saw that we could match up fine with Hempfield," Jeanes said, "but didn’t react well when we fell behind by a few goals. We started pressing too much and lost our composure."
Warwick indeed matched up fine in the first half and trailed Hempfield by just one, 6-5, going into the halftime intermission. Talbot beat Lady Knight keeper Morgan Bare three times to lead the offense.
But the Hempfield girls controlled the action in the second half and finished with a 20-10 advantage in shots to seal the win.
White chipped in with two goals for Warwick and Meredith Michel added one. Hershey and Jess Cochis combined for nine stops between the pipes.
"We know that both (Hempfield and CD) will probably be in Districts. We saw we can play with Hempfield and at least have another shot against them (on April 25 in Landisville)," Jeanes said. "The CD game hurts a little more. We outplayed them for all but the first ten minutes and ran out of time. Like I said earlier, we’ve just got to put together some complete games." More COMEBACK, page B-6