Streaks stop Warwick in L-L’s

By on May 10, 2017
Warwick  senior  Evan  Crawford  (right),  while  being  defended  closely by a Manheim Township player, goes on the attack in the L-L League playoff semi-finals in Lititz on Tuesday night. Photo by Preston Whitcraft

Warwick senior Evan Crawford (right), while being defended closely by a Manheim Township player, goes on the attack in the L-L League playoff semi-finals in Lititz on Tuesday night. Photo by Preston Whitcraft

If the March 30th result between the Manheim Township and Warwick boys lacrosse teams — a 10-1 Blue Streak win — was any indication, the Warriors were the underdog in Tuesday night’s Lancaster-Lebanon League playoff semi-final.

Even with the Warwick boys playing on their home turf at Joseph Grosh Field.

In the end, Township’s 8-3 win confirmed that, but the Warriors felt like they made a statement.

“I think we ran with them pretty well,” Warwick coach Wayne Hummer remarked. “We executed the game plan on defense. It limited a lot of looks for them.”

After falling behind 1-0 early in the first quarter, the Warriors (11-6), who had won six of their last seven entering the playoffs, held their own until junior Luke Hirtzel broke through with an unassisted goal with 1:39 left in the period, tying the score 1-1 at period’s end.

The Blue Streaks (12-1) controlled all seven face-offs in the first half, scoring three times in the second period to lead 4-1 at the break.

“There’s a lot of positives to take from that,” Hummer said. “The guys played hard, but faceoffs did a number on us.”

The face-off advantage continued in the second half, as Township controlled 13 of 15 for the game. They also outshot Warwick 33-17, outscoring the Warriors 4-2 in that part of the game. Another positive occurred in the fourth period, as the Streaks were shut out during the final frame.

“There were a lot of ground balls that they (Township) didn’t win cleanly tonight,” Hummer said. “I think we came away with more of those 50-50’s. There were also a lot of good looks that we didn’t have in the first game.”

The other two Warwick goals came from freshman Conor Adams, an unassisted effort midway through the third period, and senior Evan Crawford, at the 7:23 mark of the fourth quarter. The final tally was set up by fellow senior Adam Dodds.

Defensively, junior keeper Josiah Jewell had five saves, but many of the shots never reached the net minder because of the stellar defense in front of him

The No. 9-seeded Warriors will now turn their focus toward the District Three Tournament, which get underway next Tuesday, May 16.

“They were loose, comfortable and extremely focused tonight,” Hummer said. “If they take that into a District game, I like our chances.”

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Last Thursday, with the fourth and final L-L playoff berth at stake in Millersville, Luke Hirtzel scored three goals and keeper Josiah Jewell stepped up with 15 saves, leading Warwick to a tight 4-1 victory over Penn Manor in both teams’ regular-season finale in Millersville.

The victory gave Warwick an L-L Section One record of 8-3, tied with third-place Cocalico, but the Eagles grabbed the No. 3 seed in Leagues by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker.

In a low-scoring affair, the Warriors’ first-quarter goal from Hirtzel stood up for a 1-0 lead at half.

Warwick (11-6 overall), which ended the season No. 9 in the District Three Triple-A power ratings, only had a slim 24-22 edge in shots, but Jewell was in top form to keep Penn Manor off the board until the fourth quarter.

By then, the Warriors had doubled their lead to 2-0, and in the final stanza, Trey Glass added a tally to help Warwick outscore Penn Manor 2-1, sealing the decision. Glass, Josh Croyle and Evan Crawford all chipped in with assists.

Comet goalkeeper Seth Wilton finished with nine saves.

In other action last Tuesday, May 2, Croyle and Caleb Davis had five goals apiece to lead Warwick in a 16-3 romp over Conestoga Valley in Witmer.

Connor Brechbill and Conor Adams added two goals apiece for the Warriors, who outshot the Buckskins 24-7. Glass and Justin Minnich also found the back of the net.

Croyle and Adams each chipped in with two assists and Kyle Weaver, Crawford, Adam Dodds, and Hirtzel all had one helper.

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