York, PA -
When Central York boys' lacrosse coach Wade Noonan said his boys have always been a fourth-quarter team, he was quick to add, "and it scares the (heck) out of me."
During Tuesday's YAIAA semifinal match against Kennard-Dale it was a good thing the Panthers are solid in the final quarter. If not, it would have been the Rams celebrating in the rain at Susquehannock.
After trailing most of the game, Central scored six times in the final 12 minutes, including Max Haldeman's game-winning fifth goal of the game that somehow found its way through a crowd in front of the Rams' cage with 2:35 remaining in regulation. The Panthers held on for a 14-13 win.
Central (15-2) will face West York, which blindsided Dallastown, 19-4, in Thursday's YAIAA championship game, slated for 7 p.m. at Susquehannock.
"They were up the whole time, then we went up, and they tied it. It was a heavyweight fight," Noonan said.
With Jesse Schonbrunner scoring four times and Freddy Seitz and Nate Mikolinis adding three goals each on the game, Kennard-Dale (12-4) led 5-3 at halftime and 11-8 after three quarters.
However, the Panthers rallied with four straight goals to open the fourth. Ian Desenberg (three goals) tied the game with his man-up marker, and a minute later, CJ Belker scored, giving Central a 12-11 lead.
Yet, a costly Panthers turnover led to a perfect two-on-goalie feed from Dave Wallace to Seitz that tied the game at 12. A little more than a minute later, Schonbrunner buried a pass from Seitz, giving the lead back to the Rams.
That advantage lasted all of 25 seconds as Collin George made a terrific move past the Kennard-Dale defenders and rifled a shot in. George's third goal of the game made it 13-all.
"They were dominating in the face-offs, kept position and finished," Noonan said of the Rams in the first half. "In the second half we challenged Collin George. We told him he had to get the face-offs, and he started dominating.
"Probably one advantage for our team was the turf. They are a grass team."
Kennard-Dale had one last chance off another turnover, but Panthers goalie Shane Walker robbed Seitz with 1:42.left.
Bulldogs run wild in third: The setting was different, but the situation was not. West York and Dallastown were tied at halftime of their YAIAA semifinal Tuesday at Central York, just as they were back in March at Dallastown.
Just replace the stiff wind with steady rain and a grass field with turf, and the Bulldogs' second-half splurge became greater.
The Division II champs (17-1) reeled off nine goals as the rain fell heavier in a seven-minute stretch at Central. By the time it ended, West York players on the sideline began asking around for updates of the Panthers' semifinal with Kennard-Dale.
"Every week, every day we want to go 1-0 and win our individual matchups," said West York's Nick Wilker, who had a game-high four goals and an assist.
"In the first half, we were sloppy and Coach (Rodney Tamblin) called us out on it."
Dallastown (13-5) took advantage of that "sloppy" play, as Joe Didusch scored twice in the first five minutes. The Wildcats were up 2-0, but West York pulled to a 3-3 tie by halftime with two goals from Wilker.
When the two teams met earlier, they played to a 4-all tie before the Bulldogs reeled off six unanswered second-half goals. This time, the second-half scoring punch was greater, and the defense was just as unrelenting.
Tamblin used the goalkeeper combination of Jordan Lombardo and Cole Rinehart, as he has all year. Even after some handy stick work exhibited by Lombardo, who had six first-half saves, Tamblin said he wasn't tempted to change what has worked so well.
"They got a great defense in front of them," said Tamblin, referring to All-YAIAA performer Steven Wilson, Tanner Hale and Trevor Smith. "The defense doesn't get a lot of credit, but those goalies love to have (those) guys in front of them every day of the week."
CENTRAL YORK 14, KENNARD-DALE 13
Kennard-Dale 2 3 6 2 -- 13
Central York 2 1 5 6 -- 14
First Quarter -- 1. CY, Ian Desenberg, 9:10. 2. KD, Nate Mikolinis (James Barlow), 4:29. 3. KD, Barlow (Freddy Seitz), 3:21. 4. CY, Desenberg, :45.
Second Quarter -- 5. KD, Mikolinis (Seitz), 10:10. 6. KD, Barlow (Mikolinis), 7:33. 7. CY, Charles Villier, 5:55. 8. KD, Seitz, 1:09.
Third Quarter -- 9. KD, Dave Wallace (Jesse Schonbrunner), 11:14. 10, KD, Mikolinis, 10:45. 11. KD, Schonbrunner (Wallace), 10:20. 12. CY, Max Haldeman, 9:54. 13, KD, Seitz (Mikolinis), 8:03. 14. CY, Haldeman, 7:36. 15. CY, Collin George, 3:46. 16. CY, Haldeman (George), 3:01. 17. KD, Schonbrunner, 1:48. 18. CY, George (Conor Thornton), 1:06. 19. KD, Schonbrunner, :11.
Fourth Quarter -- 20. CY, Thornton (Desenberg), 10:52. 21. CY, Haldeman (CJ Belker), 10:36. 22. CY, Desenberg, 8:39. 23. CY, Belker, 7:38. 24. KD. Seitz (Wallace), 5:12. 25. KD, Schonbrunner (Seitz), 3:55. 26. CY, George, 3:30. 27. CY, Haldeman, 2:35.
Shots -- Kennard-Dale 22, Central York 18.
Goalies -- Kennard-Dale, Noah Ash (5 saves); Central York, Shane Walker (9 saves).
WEST YORK 19, DALLASTOWN 4
Dallastown 3 1 -- 4
West York 3 16 -- 19
First Quarter -- 1. Dt, Joe Didusch, 11:42. 2. Dt, Didusch, 7:04. 3. WY, Nick Wilker, 1:31.
Second Quarter -- 4. WY, Tanner Gerace (Devyn Roehm), 10:52. 5. Dt, Bailey Haines, 9:56. 6. WY, Wilker, 7:30.
Third Quarter -- 7. WY, Wilker, 11:35. 8. WY, Austin Groff, 11:00. 9, WY, Wilker, 10:38. 10. WY, Roehm (Tanner Brannon), 9:52. 11. WY, Gerace, 8:07. 12. WY, Roehm (Alex Raffensberger), 5:58, 13. WY, Groff, 5:14. 14. WY, Hunter Betz (Brannon), 4:39. 15. Dt, Tanner Ierley (Jake Mitchell), 3:50. 16. WY, Gerace, 0:28. 17. WY, Seth Clauser (Groff), 0:17.
Fourth Quarter -- 18. WY, Brannon (Gerace),11:39. 19. WY, Raffensberger (Roehm), 10:20. 20. WY, Raffensberger, 8:33. 21. WY, Betz (Brannon), 6:07. 22. WY, Betz, 2:55.
Shots -- Dt 15, WY .
Goalies -- Dt, Jack Marks (3 saves); WY, Jordan Lombardo (6 saves), Cole Rinehart (3 saves).