HS LACROSSE: Scranton Prep Boys Advance To D2 Class 2A Final
Scranton Prep had a goal from the start of the season, and that was to earn a second straight trip to the District 2 Class 2A boys lacrosse championship match. With coach Mark Kozlowski guiding and encouraging the Cavaliers, and Greg Fisher playing as an inspired senior, their effort Tuesday night in a 9-5 win over Wyoming Seminary punched a ticket to the final. Scranton Prep (13-5) earned a rematch at top-seeded Crestwood, which beat Dallas, 22-10. The final is Friday at 5:30 p.m. “Since the first day that I met coach K, he said we are going back to the district final,” Fisher said. “That’s been our motivation all season.” Fisher scored five goals Tuesday and had an assist, recording his 10th hat trick in his last 12 matches. His most important contribution came in the third quarter when Wyoming Seminary took a 4-3 lead. Fisher responded with three straight goals that gave Scranton Prep a 6-4 lead and all the momentum it needed. “I didn’t want this to be our last game together,” said Fisher, who has 53 goals and 29 assists this season. “The offense got in the huddle and I told them, this was not going to be it for us. It was a great start to the second half. That was what we needed to swing the momentum in our favor.” Dillon Beermann also gave the Cavaliers a boostscoring two goals, including one in the fourth quarter. Chase Stephens and Mike McGrath each added one goal for Scranton Prep. “I was extremely happy that I could help the team with a couple of goals,” Beermann said. “This was definitely a team effort. Our bench really pushed us. Their excitement throughout the game was really awesome.” Kyle Reihner led Scranton Prep’s defensive effort. Last season’s All-Region goalie had eight saves. “We wanted to get back to the district final,” Reihner said. “This was a roadblock for us and Wyoming Seminary is a great team. The defense played really well in front of me and I was seeing the ball really well. “We just kind of rolled from there.” Crestwood, the defending District 2 Class 2A champion, beat Scranton Prep at the end of the regular season, 19-8, that secured the Wyoming Valley Conference title. Scranton Prep (13-5) 3 6 — 9 Wyoming Seminary (12-7) 3 2 — 5 SP: Goals: Greg Fisher 5, Dillon Beermann 2, Chase Stephens, Mike McGrath. Assists: Greg Fisher, Luke Brunetti. Saves: Kyle Reihner 8. SEM: Goals: Ryan Anderson 3, Logan Finn, Tre Leo. Assists: Tre Leo, Tyler Shedlock. Saves: Chris Burg 9. Emmaus 9, Delaware Valley 1 At Delaware Valley, Zach Whalen scored three goals to lead Emmaus past the Warriors in a District 2-11 Class 3A subregional semifinal. Jackson Melnick scored and Henry Hamill had 13 saves for Delaware Valley. Emmaus (14-6) 2 3 1 3 — 9 Del. Valley (16-3) 0 1 0 0 — 1 EMM: Goals: Zach Whalen 3, Bailey O’Conner 2, Michael Lesoninsky 2, Sam Conway. Assists: Grant Hawkins 2, Michael Lesoninsky 2, Sam Conway, Bailey O’Conner. Saves: Ben Franco 5. DV: Goal: Jackson Melnick. Assists: None. Saves: Henry Hamill 13. Girls Scranton Prep held Wyoming Area scoreless for the final 13:59, but could not overcome a three-goal deficit and lost to the Lady Warriors, 8-7, in a District 2 Class 2A semifinal. Wyoming Area will face Wyoming Seminary (16-3), which defeated Lake-Lehman, 10-9, for the district championship Friday. The Classics frequently had trouble finding open space inside the 8-meter arc. They also hit the post twice in the first half. Down two goals with just over three minutes remaining, Kerry McGrath, who scored two goals, had two open looks at the net and was denied by goalkeeper Mary Kate O’Brien, who made seven saves. “Their goalie was a difference-maker for them,” Scranton Prep coach Doug Knieser said. “Credit to her, she made some big saves on us. We had some opportunities that she made the play for them.” Scranton Prep’s Christina DeNaples led all scorers with three goals. Scranton Prep (12-4) 7 Wyoming Area (13-2) 8 SP: Goals: Christina DeNaples 3; Kerry McGrath 2; Katie Malone. Assists: Lillian Boles. Saves: Aiden Sekely 6. WA: Goals: Cassidy Orzel 2; Emma Kelleher 2; Makenzie Switzer 2; Caitie McDonough; Sydney Maguire. Assists: Switzer. Saves: Mary Kate O’Brien. State College 20 Delaware Valley 6 At State College, Delaware Valley got four goals from Bailey Fedun, but it wasn’t enough in a loss in the District 2-6 Class 3A subregional final. Lauren Matarazzo and Shannon Croll also scored, Mia Van Wie and Skyler Padgett had assists, and Emily Ocasio made nine saves for Delaware Valley. Sally Stahl led State College (15-3) with six goals. Delaware Valley (13-7) 3 3 — 6 State College (15-3) 13 7 — 20 DV: Goals: Bailey Fedun 4, Lauren Matarazzo, Shannon Croll. Assists: Bailey Fedun, Lauren Matarazzo, Mia Van Wie, Skyler Padgett. Saves: Emily Ocasio 9 SC: Goals: Sally Stahl 6, Elaina Ohlson 4, Emily Hall 3, Ariana Angus 3, Alison Hartz 2, Alyssa Dunlap, Phoebe Herlocher. Assists: Sally Stahl 2, Elaina Ohlson 2, Sid Esdhell 2. Saves: Grace Jones 3.