Streaks prevail over Warwick in L-L semis

By on May 7, 2014
Warwick senior attacker Alex Bushong, who scored a team-high four goals against Manheim Township on Tuesday night, fires a shot on goal during first-half action in the L-L League playoff semi-finals.

Warwick senior attacker Alex Bushong, who scored a team-high four goals against Manheim Township on Tuesday night, fires a shot on goal during first-half action in the L-L League playoff semi-finals. (Photo by Cathy Chapis)

After watching what he thought was a sloppy first half by his team on Tuesday night, Warwick boys lacrosse coach Wayne Hummer had to be encouraged when Trent Sell’s goal early in the third quarter cut their deficit to just three, 5-2.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, however, the Blue Streaks answered with a 5-1 run over the rest of the period and opened up what turned out to be an insurmountable lead.
When the dust settled, reigning L-L king Manheim Township advanced to Thursday’s championship game with an 11-5 win over the Warriors in the nightcap of a semi-final doubleheader in Millersville. The Blue Streaks will play Hempfield, an 11-8 victor over Ephrata in other semi-final match-up.
“During their run, they really capitalized,” Hummer said. “I think that was big for them and it had the potential of being crushing. The positive to take away in the game for us, I feel like, was that it wasn’t a crushing blow to our guys. They still fought, they still stayed engaged.”
That was evident when senior leading scorer Alex Bushong scored twice within a span of just 18 seconds in the final 5:38. It was too little, too late, but the effort was a valiant one from the Warriors (13-6), who open District Three play next Tuesday, May 13.
“I’m not sure that the score was necessarily reflective of the game we played,” Hummer said. “We were running with them. They capitalized on every mistake we made and that’s the sign of a very good team. That’s exactly what we ran into today &tstr; a very good team. I still think we have a very good team and if we keep playing like that and are able to limit those mistakes, I think we’re able to have a different look at the end of this game.”
Township’s Willy Hendrick proved to be a thorn in the side of the Warriors, scoring a game-high six goals and adding one helper in the Streaks’ cause.
His tally with 3:14 elapsed put MT up 1-0 and gave his team a lead it never relinquished. The senior attacker scored all three of the Streaks’ first-quarter goals to put them in the driver’s seat. Overall, he registered seven first-half shots, helping the Streaks build a 30-20 edge in that category for the game.
“He’s a very good player. Very good player,” Hummer said. “We knew that coming in and he still had a lot of nice looks on the cage. He can put the ball away when he needs to. I think he’s going to do well at the next level. I’m happy he’s a senior.”
The Warriors have a very good senior in their own right in Bushong, and his team-leading 44th goal of the season &tstr; his first of four in the game &tstr; with 4:58 left in the half made it 3-1. It appeared it would stay that way going into the break, but Hendrick’s tally with just :04 remaining in the stanza following a Warwick turnover put Township up 4-1 at the half.
When Sell put the ball behind MT keeper Alex Ready (5 saves), on an assist from Kobi Biemesderfer, with 8:47 remaining in the third quarter, Warwick was still within striking distance. But with the Warriors’ defense perhaps showing some fatigue from a fast-tempo game, the Streaks scored four goals in a span of 5:33 to pull away 9-2 &tstr; two by Hendrick and one apiece from Nolan Sachs and Ryan Miller.
“They had a couple transition goals where we let them get behind our helmet,” Hummer said, “and they were able to score pretty easy goals on the doorstep. Cam Epple (16 saves) had a heck of a game and that’s a hard stop to make even for someone like him.”
With the Blue Streaks up 11-3 after Miller scored early in the final stanza, Bushong’s back-to-back tallies later in the quarter completed the scoring.
And although the Warriors came up a little bit short on this night, Hummer and his staff believed it was a building block for the program.
“I think they’re hungry, I think they want more,” Hummer said. “That’s what we’re going to hope for in years to come is that we can come back and get more and this is a first step I feel like.”
In preparation for the playoffs, Warwick hammered Cedar Crest and Conestoga Valley by double digits last week to close out the regular season.
In action last Friday, Bushong and Brogan Galbreath scored three goals apiece to lead the Warriors in a 17-2 drubbing of the Buckskins.
They all but sealed the outcome after grabbing a commanding 11-0 advantage in the first half.
Mason Buccilla and Alex Dagen added two goals apiece, while Coleman Wagner, Biemesderfer and Allen Wenger also found the back of the net, as Warwick built a 57-17 edge in shots.
Last Thursday, Bushong netted five goals and the Warriors dealt Cedar Crest a 16-6 loss in a league game in Cornwall.
Biemesderfer and Dagen each connected three times, Sell scored twice and Connor Kilgore and Zak Kinard also got on the scoresheet.

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