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Wyoming Seminary captures yet another District 2 crown

Blue Knights claim District 2 lacrosse title

May 22. 2014 12:03AM
By Tyler Piccotti For The Times Leader

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KINGSTON — Wyoming Seminary senior Molly Turner said her team has played in everything from bright sunshine to blizzard conditions this season.

So even when a heavy shower passed over Klassner Field during the second half of Wednesday’s PIAA District 2 lacrosse championship game, she and her teammates were able to keep the goals coming.

Alexis Quick led a balanced Seminary attack with five scores, and Katherine Romanowski piled up eight points to lead the top seed to a 21-10 victory over second-seeded Delaware Valley. The Blue Knights have now won the district title each year since the championship tournament began in 2011.

With the win, they move on to play District 4 champion Danville in the state tournament.

“We only have four seniors, so for them this is really special,” Wyoming Seminary head coach Catie Kersey said. “Just for this program as a whole. We have to work hard to get here, so I’m really proud of these girls.”

They had to work hard early on, as both teams battled back and forth. Thanks to a hat-trick from Rebecca Schulman, the Blue Knights built a 5-2 lead. But the Warriors battled back, as Gianna Pampalone picked up a turnover and ran coast-to-coast to cut the lead to one with 12:38 left in the period.

However, the Blue Knights made sure they wouldn’t come any closer. Midfielder Rachel Havrylkoff scored on a triple pick-and-roll inside the eight-meter arc just seconds later, and Corinne Conyngham followed that up with a nice cut around two defenders and another goal.

All told, six different Blue Knights tickled the twine in the first half to build a 10-5 advantage.

“We work on full-field transitions all the time,” Turner said, “and the good thing is we have a deep bench. A ton of people can score and play which is awesome.”

Delaware Valley received a pair of goals from both Kyra Boccio and Dana Hunt in the second frame, but it wasn’t enough. Seminary used a combination of crisp passing and fluid movement in its attack zone to pull away. The best example came with only five minutes remaining, as Schulman finished off a cycle of six passes with her fourth and final goal of the game.

When the final horn signaled the end of the game, the entire Seminary bench darted onto the field in jubilation before acknowledging goalkeeper Kelley Gavin. The junior made seven saves to anchor the Blue Knight defense.

“It’s just such a great feeling,” Turner said. “It’s nice to finally get this win and be undefeated in the whole district.”

Kersey said the focus will now shift to next Wednesday’s state playoff game. She believes the Knights can make a deep tournament run as long as they maintain their mental focus.

And she has no doubt they can fight through adversity against stout competition.

“The great thing about this team is they can get down and we can crawl our way back in,” Kersey said. “We’re going to have to keep working hard. We can’t just relax now.”

Wyoming Seminary 21, Delaware Valley 10

Delaware Valley`5`5`—`10

Wyoming Seminary`10`11`—`21

SCORING — DV, Dana Hunt (3g); Kierstin Nelson (2g); Kyra Boccio (3g); Gianna Pampalone (1g); Emily Peters (1g); Baylee Roeder (1a). WS, Alexis Quick (5g); Rebecca Schulman (4g, 2a); Molly Turner (3g, 1a); Corinne Conyngham (3g); Katherine Romanowski (3g, 5a); Rachel Havrylkoff (1g, 1a) Gabrielle Grossman (1g, 1a) (Madison Sweitzer).

Shots — DV 20; WS 31. Saves — DV 5 (Karen Cooper); WS 7 (Kelley Gavin).

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