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Warwick’s season comes to a close
An optimistic Warwick head coach Wayne Hummer was busy over the past week preparing his team for a first-round match up in the District Three boys lacrosse tournament against a very familiar Manheim Township team.
Game one, in the league season on April 16, saw Township outlast Warwick by a 12-9 margin. Meeting number two took place last Tuesday, May 6 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League semi-finals. That time the Streaks expanded the victory margin to 11-5.
“The motivation is there,” Hummer remarked. “Any time that two schools are within five miles of each other, it creates a rivalry.”
He added, “We’ve never beaten Township. It would be nice to change that tonight.”
It was not to be for 14th-seeded Warwick as the 3rd-seeded Blue Streaks held serve, winning 11-5 for the second week in a row and ending the Warriors’ season. It wasn’t even that close.
It seemed like Township had a switch that they could throw anytime they wanted. They were lethargic warming up before the game &tstr; whether it was over-confidence or a side effect from winning the L-L Finals four days before.
But Township scored just eight seconds into the game and came within a half-second of building a four-goal margin at the end of the first period, instead settling for a 3-0 lead.
The Streaks stretched the lead to 7-1 at the half as five different players scored. Trent Sell brought Warwick (13-7 overall) to within 3-1 early in that second period, but that was as close as it would get. Sell’s goal was assisted by Shane Galway.
The third period was much of the same, with Township scoring the only two goals of the period and going in front 9-1. At that point, the Streaks pulled their goalie, Alex Ready, who had made several spectacular saves. The Warriors outscored the home team 4-2 in the fourth period, as Alex Bushong, Brogan Galbreath (2) and Mark Howland each found the back of the net.
The Streaks controlled the action for much of the game, taking 75 percent of the draws and forcing Warwick to start their offense deep in the offensive zone throughout the game. Warrior goalie Cam Epple was credited with 10 saves but also deflected another 10 shots, many at close range. The streaks outshot the Warriors by a 31-20 margin.
Township, who was coming off an overtime victory over Hempfield in the Lancaster-Lebanon League title game, improved to 17-1 heading into the District quarterfinals on Thursday night against Ephrata (14-5), a 10-6 winner over Dallastown.