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Galway’s goal lifts Warriors to 9-8 win
For much of last Saturday’s game, the Warwick boys lacrosse team seemed a step slower than usual in its non-league battle against Northern York.
In crunch time, though, the Warriors found a way to get the job done.
Trailing 8-7 to the Polar Bears in the fourth quarter, Warwick scored the game’s final two goals, including the game-winner from junior midfielder Shane Galway, and held on for a 9-8 win in Lititz.
“It was tight &tstr; a little tighter than we would’ve liked it to be, but a win is a win,” Warrior coach Wayne Hummer said. “Overall, we were playing a little sluggish. They got ahead of us and I was really proud of the way that our guys kept their composure. They regrouped, scored two goals and we came out with the win.”
The victory improved the Warwick boys’ overall record to 9-4 this season (6-2 L-L), putting them 13th in the District Three power ratings. It was also their second straight win since suffering a tough 12-9 loss to L-L rival Manheim Township last Wednesday, April 16.
“Minimizing mistakes is a big reason for success and that’s what our guys have been able to do,” Hummer said. “Even when we lose, we still play a solid game … When we have all our pieces, our guys just play a different game. It’s a relaxed game, we’re just firing on all cylinders and yeah, we make mistakes, but nobody dwells on them for too long.”
Warwick wasn’t making many mistakes in the first quarter against the Polar Bears, jumping to a 3-1 lead. Kobi Biemesderfer, Alex Bushong and Trent Sell scored two goals apiece to lead a balanced offensive attack for the Warriors, who outshot Northern York 34-26.
“Guys are spreading the ball around and that’s how our guys usually are,” Hummer said.
In fact, it’s an unusual occurence to see a WHS box score like the one from last Thursday, when Bushong, a senior attacker, finished with a season-high seven goals and three assists in a 15-8 win over Cocalico. Bushong currently leads the team with 29 goals, but Trent Sell (21) and Biemesderfer (20) are close on his heels.
“For anybody on our offense,” Hummer said, “a seven-goal performance is not customary. We have a pretty balanced offense and balanced team in general and that’s what I think pulls us out of those close games. We have guys that work well together and they trust each other.”
Derek Myers led Northern York with four goals, helping the visitors remain within striking distance at the half, 6-4, and after three, 7-5.
In the fourth, the Polar Bears scored the period’s first three goals to go up 8-7. Grant Rutter chipped in with two goals for Northern York.
“Our offense stalled a little bit and they snuck up on us,” Hummer remarked. “Credit especially to their attackmen. They had some guys that were dodging very nicely and causing a slide which created openings and passing lanes. Their attack and midfield took advantage of it.”
Credit to junior goalie Cameron Epple, who made a couple of his 11 saves to help keep the Warriors close in the final stanza.
“Cameron Epple had a couple nice stops that kept us in it,” Hummer said. “It wasn’t pretty, but ultimately we were able to get back to neutral and then play our game for the last five or six minutes.”
The Warriors’ offense also got key contributions from Alex Dagen and Brogan Galbreath, who each scored a goal. Bushong and Biemesderfer had two assists, while Dagen and Galway added one helper.
Last Thursday, the Warriors outscored Cocalico 10-6 in the second half and pulled away to a 15-8 L-L win over the Eagles.
While Bushong was the offensive hero with his 10-point day, he wasn’t alone.
Sell chipped in with four goals, Galbreath added two goals and two assists, while Galway and Connor Kilgore also hit the back of the net for the Warriors. Mason Buccilla also had a helper in the win and Epple finished with 11 saves.
Last Wednesday, April 16, Warwick dropped a 12-9 loss to unbeaten Manheim Township in a back-and-forth L-L League game in Neffsville.
Dagen led the Warriors’ offense with three goals and three assists. Sell shared team-high goal-scoring honors with three.
After the Blue Streaks jumped to a 4-1 lead at the end of one, Warwick capitalized on a second-quarter run to close within a goal at the break, 5-4.
Township extended its advantage to 8-5 going to the final stanza, and although the Warriors played them even over the final 12 minutes, it wasn’t enough. Bushong, Anthony Ciccarone and Galway also scored in the losing cause.
Epple finished with 12 saves in goal.
“I’m real proud of the way that they played,” Hummer said. “We would have liked to win and I’m sure a lot of the guys were upset we weren’t able to press Manheim Township a little bit harder and didn’t get that win. But it’s a learning experience. We taught ourselves we can play a higher level of lacrosse. We can run with those guys. So it’s a huge confidence builder.”
Bruce Morgan is the sports editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 721-4451.