Third-quarter rally boosts the Warriors

By on April 27, 2016

 

Warwick senior midfielder Connor Kilgore had a goal and assist to help lead the Warriors in an 8-4 victory over Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholc on Monday. (Lititz Record file photo)

Warwick senior midfielder Connor Kilgore had a goal and assist to help lead the Warriors in an 8-4 victory over Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholc on Monday. (Lititz Record file photo)

As a face-off man, Austin Barto is a valued member of the Warwick boys lacrosse team.

But as he showed on Monday against Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic, the Warrior freshman brings a lot of other skills to the field.

Barto scooped up seven ground balls.

And he shared team-high scoring honors with Connor Brechbill in a balanced attack, each netting two goals to help lead the Warwick boys in an 8-4 conquest of the host Crusaders.

“Obviously, when you have a face-off guy that can take it to the cage and put it away, that’s a positive, something most teams would like to have,” Warrior coach Wayne Hummer said. “Remember, Austin’s only a freshman. He is still developing and getting better at face-offs, he is still developing and getting better with his in-game awareness and his ability to carry the ball and his ability to shoot. Those are the things that you expect to see out of players as the season progresses.”

As Warwick continues its push for the post-season, Monday’s win improved its record to 5-3 L-L League (7-4 overall).

Connor Kilgore added a goal and an assist, while Adam Dodds, Allen Wenger and Josh Croyle also found the back of the cage.

The Warriors led just 2-1 at the half, but then erupted for a five-goal third period to go up 7-3 heading to the final stanza.

“The guys seemed really charged up at halftime,” Hummer said. “I think they knew that they weren’t playing as well as they have in the past and they knew that they had that game in them. They really put the gas pedal on during that third quarter. They really just brought the energy that quarter.”

For the game, Warwick had a 15-13 advantage in shots, but they benefited from a balanced attack. Corey Snyder and Hayden Rucci added helpers in the victory.

“We have a lot of different people that produce at different times and they step up when they step up when they need to,” Hummer said.

Warwick keeper Steven Lipko finished with nine stops between the pipes.

Last Thursday, Josh Croyle accounted for four goals and three assists, leading the Warrior boys in a 10-2 victory over host Lancaster Mennonite.

The upset-minded Blazers were within a goal at the half, trailing just 3-2. But then Warwick got some breathing room by outscoring LMH 2-0 in the third, then pulled away with a five-goal fourth.

Connor Kilgore added two goals and an assist, while Allen Wenger also scored twice, as Warwick outshot the Blazers 36-7. Connor Brechbill and Corey Snyder contributed in the win with goals, while Christian Springer, Hayden Rucci and Esbenshade chipped in with assists.

Lipko finished with five saves between the pipes for the win.

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