Reznick, Wesneski lead Wyoming Seminary to District 2 field hockey title

By Paul Sokoloski - [email protected] | November 1st, 2017 12:19 am

WRIGHT TWP. — On a frighteningly chilly night, the Wyoming Seminary field hockey team went knocking door to door, looking for some District 2 treats.

Kelsey Reznick went as Wonder Woman.

Alex Wesneski was Supergirl.

And together, they went knocking on doors until they found what they wanted.

Reznick scored the first goal Tuesday, Wesneski added the second and Wyoming Seminary broke a six-year title curse, winning its first District 2 crown since 2011 by dethroning Lake-Lehman as the Class A champion with a 2-0 victory at frigid Crestwood High School.

“It’s amazing,” said Reznick, a junior who wasn’t even on the team when Sem beat Crestwood 1-0 to win the 2011 District 2 Class 2A title, nor when the Blue Knights dropped the 2013 District 2 championship game to Crestwood, 2-0. “We haven’t been to this (district title) game for four years. To finally get here, and win it … amazing. It puts us in great position for states.

“And we’re planning on going far in that tournament.”

All because the 17-0 Blue Knights went over the top to reach the start of next week’s PIAA playoffs as the top seed from District 2, while Lehman fell to 14-3 and enters states as the second seed from District 2.

With a wealth of high-powered scoring stars flooding the field on both sides, defenses kept draining opportunities — to the point where Lake-Lehman suffered only its second shutout loss of the season.

The diving temperatures that dipped below 40 degrees with a light but biting wind may have had an effect on the action.

“It was a little bit of a shock at first, trying to get used to it,” Reznick said of the weather, which was a drastic change from the 60-plus-degree temperatures both teams played in through the season and up to the district title game. “But when you’re playing, you don’t really feel it.”

Both offenses, though, felt some mounting frustration.

Wyoming Seminary allowed just three shots on goal through the entire game, and Lake-Lehman standout goalie Alicia Galasso made a game-high 13 saves as scoring chances started becoming scarce.

Then Reznick turned into a superhero.

With the ball sitting deep in the circle and 21:34 to play, Reznick leaped over a pile of players, dove head-first and reached out her stick to poke the game’s first score across the goal line.

“Just ball-hungry,” Reznick shrugged. “You see it, you’ve just got to do it and put it in. You’ve got to be aggressive when you’re playing this game.”

It was the first goal allowed by Lehman in nine straight games, including two 1-0 victories in two district playoff battles.

“It was going to take that kind of effort for either team to score, to be honest,” Wyoming Seminary coach Karen Klassner said. “We had so many opportunities to score.

“It was going to take a superhuman effort to put the ball in the cage.”

The mad dash that marked the game’s first goal had the Blue Knights awed with admiration.

“Kelsey was crazy,” laughed Wesneski. “One second, she was behind me. I looked up and she was scoring that goal. I don’t know how she did it, she went so fast.”

Moments before that go-ahead shot, Lake-Lehman’s Mikayla Adams stepped into the cage and lifted her stick to bat down a high shot — leaving the Blue Knights wondering if they’d ever crack the cage and making Reznick’s goal feel like relief.

“The only way we were going to win was to start scoring. She stepped up,” Klassner said of Reznick. “I didn’t see it (the first goal), there were a lot of players in front. All I did was hear it hit the back.

“That’s a great sound when the game’s tied.”

Wesneski sounded Sem’s celebration with 6:55 to play, when she took a feed from Julia Christian and ripped home the Blue Knights’ second goal to pretty much douse Lehman’s comeback hopes.

“Julia shot it, I saw it bouncing,” Wesneski said. “I knew I was the only one who was going to stop it. I looked around and there was nobody else around me. It was a wonderful shot and great teamwork.”

And it helped put the Blue Knights back in state play.

“It’s just a great, great feeling,” Wesneski said. “We’ve been working so hard for this. Ever since day one, we said we wanted that district championship.”

To Sem, it was the ultimate treat.

“I’m thrilled for the kids,” Klassner said. “It’s great. I felt both teams played very well. Jean (Lake-Lehman coach Lipski) and I were joking around, saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if we played each other again in the state championship?’ “

CLASS 2A FINALS

Wyoming Valley West 2,

Crestwood 0

Karoline Stelma and Foto Tsioles both scored, lifting the Spartans to their second straight District 2 Class 2A championship with a victory over Crestwood in the title game at Nesbitt Field.

Both teams will advance to next week’s PIAA Class 2A playoffs.

Stelma took a pass from Callie Edwards and registered the first goal just 3:07 into the game.

Valley West seemed content to turn the night into a defensive battle from there. And why not?

The Spartans limited Crestwood to just one shot on goal, and Nikki Hartzel saved it.

Tsioles took no chances, though.

She turned an assist from Irelynd Sullivan into Valley West’s second goal with 20:23 remaining, lifting the Spartans into state play for the second straight season.

Valley West, now 15-1, will face the No. 3 seed from District 1 when the PIAA Class 2A playoff tournament opens Nov. 7. Crestwood, which fell to 11-5, will play the No. 2 seed from District 3 in another state playoff opener.

DISTRICT 2 CLASS A FINALS

Wyoming Seminary 2, Lake-Lehman 0

Lake-Lehman`0`0`—`0

Wyoming Seminary`0`2`—`2

Second half — 1.SEM, Kelsey Reznick, 21:34. 2. SEM, Alex Wesneski (Julia Christian), 6:55.

Shots — LL 3; SEM 15. Saves — LL 13 (Alicia Galasso); SEM 3 (Mia Magnotta). Penalty corners — LL 5; SEM 13.

DISTRICT 2 CLASS 2A FINALS

Wyoming Valley West 2, Crestwood 0

Crestwood`0`0`—`0

Valley West`1`1`—`2

First half — 1. Karoline Stelma (Callie Edwards), 16:53. Second half — 2. WVW, Foto Tsioles (Irelynd Sullivan), 20:23.

Shots — CRE 1; WVW 15. Saves — CRE 13 (Eryn Venesky); WVW 1 (Nikki Hartzell, Sydney Rusnock). Penalty corners — CRE 1; WVW 7.

The Wyoming Seminary Blue Knights celebrate their 2-0 victory over Lake-Lehman to win the District 2 Class A field hockey championship in Wright Township on Tuesday night.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_TTL110117FHLL-Sem_5-CMYK.jpgThe Wyoming Seminary Blue Knights celebrate their 2-0 victory over Lake-Lehman to win the District 2 Class A field hockey championship in Wright Township on Tuesday night. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Wyoming Seminary’s Hannah Maxwell looks to pass against Lake-Lehman in the District 2 Class A field hockey championship in Wright Township on Tuesday night.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_TTL110117FHLL-Sem_4-CMYK.jpgWyoming Seminary’s Hannah Maxwell looks to pass against Lake-Lehman in the District 2 Class A field hockey championship in Wright Township on Tuesday night. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Lake-Lehman’s Maddie Newman, center, splits Wyoming Seminary defenders Aubrey Mytych, left, and Alicia Carr in the District 2 Class A field hockey championship in Wright Township on Tuesday night.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_TTL110117FHLL-Sem_3-CMYK.jpgLake-Lehman’s Maddie Newman, center, splits Wyoming Seminary defenders Aubrey Mytych, left, and Alicia Carr in the District 2 Class A field hockey championship in Wright Township on Tuesday night. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Wyoming Seminary forward Kelsey Reznick, front, pokes the ball into the cage past Lake-Lehman goalkeeper Alicia Galasso for the game’s first score in the District 2 Class A field hockey championship in Wright Township on Tuesday night.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_TTL110117FHLL-Sem_2-CMYK.jpgWyoming Seminary forward Kelsey Reznick, front, pokes the ball into the cage past Lake-Lehman goalkeeper Alicia Galasso for the game’s first score in the District 2 Class A field hockey championship in Wright Township on Tuesday night. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Wyoming Valley West's Cameron Forgash, right, blocks Crestwood's Lauren Reidinger from passing the ball during the match at Nesbitt Field in Kingston. 10/31/17. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_TTL110117CrestwoodWVW3.jpgWyoming Valley West's Cameron Forgash, right, blocks Crestwood's Lauren Reidinger from passing the ball during the match at Nesbitt Field in Kingston. 10/31/17. Sean McKeag | Times LeaderBill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Wyoming Seminary field hockey captain Camryn Litjens, center, holds up the District 2 Class A championship plaque with teammates after the Blue Knights defeated Lake-Lehman 2-0 in Wright Township on Tuesday night.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_TTL110117FHLL-Sem_1-CMYK.jpgWyoming Seminary field hockey captain Camryn Litjens, center, holds up the District 2 Class A championship plaque with teammates after the Blue Knights defeated Lake-Lehman 2-0 in Wright Township on Tuesday night. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Wyoming Seminary wins first District 2 field hockey title in 7 years

By Paul Sokoloski

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