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WHS girls pull away from L-S in second half
Despite outplaying Lampeter-Strasburg most of the way last Saturday, the Warwick girls lacrosse team couldn’t seem to shake them at the half.
Eventually, they did.
Led by Marleise Emrhein’s game-high four tallies, the Lady Warriors (1-4 L-L, 2-5 overall) pulled away in the second half and notched their first league win of the season, defeating L-S 11-3 in Lititz.
“We started off slow, but finished well &tstr; especially in the last 10-15 minutes of the game,” Warwick coach Eric Jeanes remarked. “We outplayed them most of the game, but we didn’t place our shots early on. That allowed them to stay close in the first half.”
Emrhein added to her team-leading goals total in the win, giving her 17 for the season, to go along with three assists.
“Marleise has worked hard to become a two-way player,” Jeanes said. “I know she likes attack more than defense, but she is always hustling back to get to ‘D.’ She doesn’t come out of the game very much either, takes draws sometimes and has a strong shot. She’s also learned to use both hands throwing and catching, which makes her more versatile on attack. She’s someone I think that her teammates trust in transition and to make plays on attack.”
She was one of seven players to score in a balanced offensive attack against the Lady Pioneers. Lucy Reed, who is second on the team with 13 goals, added two, while Sarah Cunliffe, Jamie Martin, Mady Morris, Courtney Weaver and Hannah Weidman also got in the scoring column.
Martin chipped in with five assists.
“(Getting balanced scoring) was one of the goals that our captains talked about in the off-season,” Jeanes said. “They wanted to get everyone involved in attack. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of that throughout the year.”
It was a factor in Warwick jumping to a 5-2 edge going into the half. For the game, Warwick outshot Lampeter-Strasburg by an 18-8 margin.
Firing away with more accuracy in the second half, the Warwick girls finished the game on a 6-1 run to close out the win.
Kelsea Hershey stepped up with five saves in goal for the Lady Warriors.
“I think we just started making our shots and taking advantage of our opportunities (in the second half),” Jeanes said. “We pressured them a little bit more in transition and when we were on defense.”
In action last Thursday, Manheim Township took a 14-2 lead over Warwick at the half and was never threatened, cruising to a 19-6 L-L win in Lititz.
Attacker Gabby Cardina and midfielder Emily McBride scored five goals apiece to lead the Lady Blue Streaks to victory.
MT’s Carolyn Mann set the tone by scoring with just :37 elapsed in the game, helping the visitors take a big 10-0 lead with 12:14 left in the half.
Reed and Jovonna Jewell finished 51 seconds apart to get Warwick on the board, but the Lady Streaks scored the stanza’s final four goals to make it a 12-goal cushion going to the break.
Reed finished with a team-high three tallies in the loss for Warwick. Martin added a goal and two assists, while Emrhein also found the back of the net for the Lady Warriors.
Hershey and Jess Cochis combined for seven stops in goal for Warwick.
Bruce Morgan is the sports editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at email@example.com or at 721-4451.