Six-goal first quarter boosts Warwick in win over Cocalico

By on April 18, 2018
Warwick teammates Luke Hirtzel (left) and Hayden Rucci (33) celebrate a goal in the Warriors’ 12-3 win over Elizabethtown last Friday. Players were wearing yellow socks and shirts in support of their Unite and Fight benefit game, in which they raised money for the Four Diamonds. Photo by Missi Mortimer

Warwick teammates Luke Hirtzel (left) and Hayden Rucci (33) celebrate a goal in the Warriors’ 12-3 win over Elizabethtown last Friday. Players were wearing yellow socks and shirts in support of their Unite and Fight benefit game, in which they raised money for the Four Diamonds. Photo by Missi Mortimer

With a challenging stretch of games awaiting the Warwick Warriors boys lacrosse team in the next two weeks, coach Wayne Hummer wants to make sure his team doesn’t plateau.

On Tuesday night, the Warriors showed no signs of that against Cocalico.

Capitalizing on early opportunities, the Warwick boys scored six first-quarter goals and never trailed.

In the end, Carter Davis notched a game-high five tallies and the Warriors went on to defeat the Eagles 15-6 in a league game at Grosh Field in Lititz.

With the victory, Warwick improved to 5-1 L-L (7-2 overall) to keep pace with Ephrata and Penn Manor in a third-place tie.

The Warriors will get a forfeit Thursday against Lancaster Mennonite, but then they will play Exeter Township Saturday, followed by games against Lancaster Country Day, Hempfield and Ephrata next week.

“We’ve got to make sure that when we have injuries and stuff that we’ve got a guy to step up and be able to fill roles and keep our heads clear, keep our sticks moving,” Hummer said. “We’ve got to keep pace and continue to grow and get better. “

Cocalico was struggling to keep pace with Warwick in the opening quarter Tuesday night when Davis and Corey Snyder each scored twice to lead the early charge. Snyder finished with three goals and five assists.

“(Corey) had a big day,” Hummer said.

Luke Hirtzel and Conor Adams also connected in the first stanza for the Warriors.

“It took us a little bit of time to get settled in and then we really took off in the first quarter,” Hummer said.

The Eagles (1-5 L-L, 3-7 overall) made a defensive adjustment in the second quarter, which slowed the Warriors, but the WHS boys still led 7-2 at the half.

“The first quarter especially, we were attacking the cage and being patient on the shots that we wanted to take and we took the correct shots,” Hummer said.

Adams scored two of his four goals in the third to help the Warriors build a commanding 12-4 lead heading to the fourth. Davis also scored twice and Hirtzel added one.

“We came out with a different offensive set in the third quarter, which broke up some of the things they were doing defensively,” Hummer said.

Snyder, Adams and Trey Glass all beat Cocalico keeper Ben Musselman (7 saves) in the fourth to seal it. Noah Palm and Nick Harbst each scored twice to lead the Eagles’ attack.

For the game, Warwick outshot the Cocalico boys 22-11 and keepers Josiah Jewell and Nick Reedy combined for five stops.

The Warriors will now hope to keep their momentum as they head into the stretch run of their season.

“We’ve got a tough week next week coming up,” Hummer said. “Aside from Monday night’s game against Ephrata (a 10-4 loss), they’ve been pretty good. Then we have Hempfield next Wednesday and Ephrata on Friday and Ephrata’s pretty good. They’ve got some really good players over there and it should be an exciting finish to the season. Our very last game of the season (on May 3), we have Penn Manor and they’ve been really good. We don’t really have a break here. We’ve got to continue to stay on top of things.”

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In other action last Friday, Davis had four goals and the Warriors hammered Elizabethtown 12-3 at Grosh Field in Lititz.

Hirtzel, Hayden Rucci and Glass each scored two apiece, as Warwick took a 4-0 lead at the break. From there, they outscored the Bears 8-3 in the second half to put the game out of reach.

Declan McCarthy added a goal and assist, Snyder had a goal and Justin Gerhart chipped in with an assist, helping Warwick build a 24-10 advantage in shots.

Jewell finished with seven saves for the win between the pipes.

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Last Thursday, the Warriors dropped a 13-5 loss to defending District Three Double-A champ Palmyra in a non-league game.

The Cougars got five goals from Bryson Russell and took a commanding 8-2 lead at the half.

Adams led Warwick with three goals, Snyder had a goal and assist, and Rucci chipped in with a goal. Glass and Gerhart picked up helpers in the game.

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