The Wyoming Seminary girls lacrosse team was not about to be defined by a loss to end their 36-game Wyoming Valley Conference girls lacrosse streak.
The Blue Knights did not get sad. They got even.
Given a second chance, Wyoming Seminary won the rematch in a playoff that lifted the team to its sixth straight WVC title, beating Lake-Lehman, 17-10, Monday at Crestwood High School.
“I think they reacted well to it,” Wyoming Seminary coach Catie Kersey said of last week’s 14-13 loss at Lake-Lehman in a battle of unbeaten teams. “Certainly, they were disappointed with the loss, but Lehman played very well in that game and we didn’t play our best.
“The girls got right back out there and had some really good practices.”
When Lake-Lehman was upset at Delaware Valley a day after last week’s showdown, it opened the door for Wyoming Seminary.
“We were a lot better across the board,” Kersey said.
The coach credited her Blue Knights with defending better, protecting the ball better and getting better goaltending from Mia Raineri, who had 13 saves against the league’s highest-scoring team.
And, the offense was sharp from the start, taking advantage of additional possession time to score nine first-half goals.
“I think our draw controls were much better, so we were able to get some fast breaks from the draw,” Kersey said, “Lehman didn’t have time to get down and get enough help on defense.”
Lake-Lehman scored three goals to open the second half and get within 9-7 with 20 minutes left, but Wyoming Seminary scored three times in 1:27. The last of those goals came from Emily Sims, who scored four of her game-high six goals in the final 18 minutes.
Nicole Joanlanne made sure Wyoming Seminary never trailed. She scored the game’s first goal and put the Blue Knights ahead to stay at 2-1.
Joanlanne had all four of her goals in the first half.
Jess Evans led Lake-Lehman with four goals and an assist.
The win also gives Wyoming Seminary the top seed for the District 2 Class 2A tournament and the home-field throughout, including a potential third meeting in the district final. It will be using Nesbitt Field during maintenance on Klassner Field, the home field throughout the season.
CLASS 3A FINALS
Delaware Valley 15, Hazleton Area 1
Ten different Warriors found the back of the net as host Delaware Valley won the district championship with a rout of the Cougars. Madison Fedun led the way with three goals while Faith Fucetola, Skyler Padgett and Julia Weinreb scored two apiece.
Meleah Hoats had the lone goal for the Cougars.
Delaware Valley and Hazleton Area are the only two Class 3A teams in District 2. The Warriors advanced to the District 11 subregional and will host a first-round game.
Wyoming Seminary 17, Lake-Lehman 10
Lake-Lehman`4`6 – 10
Wyo. Seminary`9`8 – 17
SCORING – LL, Jess Evans (4 goals, assist), Hallie Jenkins (3 goals), Katie Roberts (2 goals, 2 assists), Samantha Aben (goal). SEM, Emily Sims (6 goals), Nicole Joanlanne (4 goals), Grace Parsons (2 goals, 2 assists), Bari Lefkowitz (2 goals, assist), Paige Parsons (2 goals), Christina Kilyanek (goal), Julia Gabriel (assist).
Saves – LL 12 (Grace Butler), SEM 13 (Mia Raineri).
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