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Warwick builds big lead, tops Ephrata Girls Lacrosse
BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor
, Staff Writer
Two Fridays ago, the Warwick girls lacrosse team had complete command of their game against Ephrata with a 15-1 lead.
But then Mother Nature stepped in.
The downpour not only halted the game, but washed away the Lady Warriors’ lead.
On Monday, the two teams started over and the Warwick girls never broke stride, jumping to an early 5-0 lead. Ephrata made things interesting when it came back to cut the Lady Warriors’ lead to 5-4, but Warwick weathered the storm and went on to earn a 17-11 Section One on Grosh Field in Lititz.
"We did a good job of getting an early lead, but then let them right back in to make it a 5-4 game," Warwick coach Eric Jeanes said. "After that I felt we took pretty good control of the game. We kept winning draws, playing strong defense and getting some turnovers."
Jess Talbot led the scoring attack for the Warwick girls with five goals and one assist, giving her a team-best 45 tallies for the season. Overall, however, the Lady Warriors got goal-scoring production from eight different players in the win over Ephrata.
Jamie Martin chipped in with three goals, while Madi Morris, Marleise Emrhein and Meredith Michel added two apiece. Morris also had two helpers and Emrhein, Martin and Bailey Ashworth added one apiece.
"We did have pretty balanced scoring – the girls did a nice job of moving the ball and giving us good looks," Jeanes remarked.
The Lady Warriors took an 11-4 lead at the half and eventually pushed the margin to a 10-goal lead before putting the win in the books. Warwick outshot the Lady Mounts 33-13, and keeper Jess Cochis needed to make only two saves to record the win.
"Our shooting wasn’t great – I think their goalie (Katie Hammaker) had 16 saves, but we did enough to build a 10-goal lead in the second half," Jeanes said.
The victory pushed Warwick’s record to 5-7 in league play (6-9 overall). As of deadline, the Lady Warriors were ranked 24th in the District Three Triple-A power ratings with just two games left in the regular season. The top 16 teams advance to Districts.
"I am proud of the way that our girls – particularly our seniors – have been playing," Jeanes said. "They know that we’re probably not going anywhere after our last game, but they keep playing hard. We’ve fallen behind in two recent games, but the girls continue to fight and have given us an opportunity to win both of them. I know that they will continue to give a good effort and do their best to win our last two games vs. Penn Manor (Wednesday, May 1) and Manheim Township (Friday)."
The Warwick girls were also in action last Thursday, and for the second time in just three days, they dropped a one-goal loss while trying to battle back from a halftime deficit.
This time, it was Hempfield which withstood a 6-3 second-half run by Warwick and held on for a 9-8 victory in Landisville.
Alex White had another four-point day for the Lady Warriors with three goals and one assist to lead the attack, but it wasn’t quite enough. Jess Talbot and Meredith Michel were two other scoring threats for Warwick, with two goals apiece, and Courtney Weaver also put the ball behind Hempfield keeper Morgan Bare, who finished with nine saves.
Alex Clay had three goals for Hempfield, as the Lady Knights held a slim 18-17 edge in shots. Kelsea Hershey and Jess Cochis combined for nine saves in goal for Warwick.
Last Tuesday, April 23, the Warwick girls’ second-half comeback fell just short, as they suffered an 11-10 Section One loss to Cocalico in Denver.
Courtney Forry sparked Cocalico with four goals and the Lady Eagles built a 6-3 lead at the break. But with Alex White leading the way for Warwick with a team-high four goals, the Lady Warriors made things interesting in the second half, outscoring the hosts 7-5. In the end, Lauren Marte and Courtney Willey combined for 13 saves in goal for Cocalico to preserve the one-goal victory.
Jess Talbot chipped in with three goals for the Lady Warriors, Meredith Michel scored twice and added one assist, and Jovonna Jewell also found the back of the net. Jamie Martin helped out the offense with two assists and Marleise Emrhein had one.
Jess Cochis and Kelsea Hershey shared the goalie duties for Warwick and had five stops.
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