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Ephrata, L-S top the Warriors WHS boys defeat E-town for first win
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
Through more than 30 minutes last Friday night, the Warwick boys lacrosse team was right where they wanted to be against reigning District Three champ Ephrata.
The game was tied 4-4 and the outcome was still up for grabs.
But then the Mountaineers connected twice in the final 4:05 of the third and outscored the Warwick boys 3-1 in the final stanza, leading them to a 9-5 league win in Ephrata. Junior midfielder Jeremy Kachel paced the Mounts with a game-high four goals.
Besides winning the Ream Cup, which is annually presented to the winner of this rivalry, Ephrata improved 4-0 in league play.
"Once the fourth quarter hit, it was still within reach," Warwick coach Wayne Hummer said. "As the fourth quarter progressed, we sorta lost a little bit of technique and we weren’t able to stay out of the penalty box. Obviously, as we know from other games this season, we know can’t play a man down and expect to come away with the ‘W.’ They really pulled away from us in the second half of that fourth quarter and kinda put it out of reach."
That loss, combined with a tough 7-6 setback to Lampeter-Strasburg on Tuesday, dropped Warwick to 1-3 in league play (1-6 overall). Last Friday, the Warriors were hoping to build off of their 8-5 win over Elizabethtown just one day earlier, and they were in good shape when Kobi Biemesderfer beat Ephrata keeper Justin Mease (15 saves) with 7:38 to go in the third quarter, tying things at 3-all.
Colin Cammauf connected for Ephrata at the 6:02 mark, and then just 25 seconds later, Mason Buccilla found the back of the net for Warwick to make it 4-4.
A short time later, Kachel gave the Mounts a lead they never lost, and although Warwick’s Austin Minnich came within inches of getting the equalizer after hitting the post, Ephrata, capitalizing on a quick transition game, took a two-goal lead to the final stanza on a goal with :15.2 on the clock.
"On (Ephrata’s) attack, we were really keying in on (Justin) Hoover, and on midfield, we were really keying in on (Dakota) Keefer, which I’m sure that helped open up Kachel a little bit," Hummer remarked. "That’s the thing with a team that has that many weapons. You can’t just key in on one or two guys and expect the rest just to shut down."
It remained a two-goal as Warwick keeper Adam Polett (8 saves) robbed Maxwell Carr from close range in the opening minutes and then the Warriors survived a man-down situation.
But Kachel’s fourth tally of the game with 3:37 remaining stretched the lead to 7-4. Then less than a minute later, the Warriors went two players down, including Polett, and the Mounts capitalized against back-up goalie Cameron Epple to open up a four-goal lead with 2:33 remaining. Dakota Keefer finished with two goals, while Justin Hoover and Scott Gordon also found the back of the net for the Mounts, who outshot Warwick 17-15.
"They play a quick game," Hummer said. "They move the ball with speed and they get a lot of off-ball movement, which generates a lot of offense."
The Mounts added another man-down goal with 1:24 to go, and then Warwick’s Minnich scored the second of his two goals with :52.8 remaining to complete the scoring. Alex Bushong also scored in the game for Warwick.
"Staying disciplined and getting through a whole game is really going to be my number one priority at this point," Hummer said. "Even the games we’ve won, I still don’t feel like we’ve played that perfect game where we play hard the whole way through and we limit our mistakes."
The Warriors returned to the field Tuesday and saw their comeback bid fall just short in a one-goal loss to Lampeter-Strasburg.
The Pioneers outscored Warwick 4-2 in the third to open up a 7-4 lead going to the final 12 minutes. The Warriors, who outshot the Pioneers 35-29, then scored the only two goals in the fourth, but L-S managed to hold on.
Kobi Biemesderfer had two goals and two assists, while Austin Minnich added two goals and an assist to lead Warwick’s offense.
Casey Witmyer and Shane Galway also connected for the Warriors, and Adam Polett finished with nine saves in goal.
Last Thursday, Bushong scored a game-high three goals and the Warwick boys collected their first win of the season, defeating host Elizabethtown 8-5.
The Warriors took a 6-4 lead going to the break, although a time-keeping issue erased a goal by the Bears late in the first half.
"I think that took a lot of wind out of E-town’s sails," Hummer said. "Whereas with our guys, that pumped us up a little bit. And from there, we only scored two more goals the rest of the game, but we played a pretty solid defensive game as well."
Indeed, the Warriors held Elizabethtown’s leading scorer Brady Dolan to just two goals. He tied for team-high scoring honors with Austin Farwell.
"They have a pretty good goal-scorer on their team, Brady Nolan, and we effectively shut him down and that helped us come away with that win," Hummer said.
The Bears cut Warwick’s lead to 6-5, but the Warriors outscored them 2-0 in the final stanza to seal the outcome. Colin Schultz helped out with two goals, and Biemesderfer, Shaun McCormick and Minnich also connected for the Warriors, who held a 22-17 advantage in shots. Buccilla, Coleman Wagner, and Shane Galway added assists in front of Polett, who finished with five stops.
"I was pleased for the most part," Hummer said. "It was important for us to get that monkey off our back and get the win."
The Warriors were also in action last Tuesday, April 2, dropping a 9-4 non-league decision to host West Chester Henderson.
Led by Alex Bushong’s two goals, the Warriors did all their scoring in the first half, when they took a 4-3 lead going to the break. Colin Schultz and Austin Minnich each chipped in with a goal and assist, while Kobi Biemesderfer also added a helper.
But Henderson took a 5-4 lead at the end of the third stanza, and then outscored Warwick 4-0 in the final 12 minutes to seal it. Evans scored three goals to pace the winners, who outshot Warwick 25-14. Adam Polett finished with 16 saves in goal for the Warriors in the losing cause. More BOYS LAX, page B-2