LEHMAN TWP. — No doubt lacrosse is a game of runs. Time and time again, Crestwood decided to catch on at exactly the right moment.
Crestwood pulled away from a one-goal game with three scores in 20 seconds.
The Comets claimed the Wyoming Valley Conference boys lacrosse Division 1 championship with a 17-14 victory over Scranton Prep on Monday at Lake-Lehman. Crestwood secures the No. 1 seed in the upcoming District 2 tournament.
“Quite honestly, both teams played hard,” Crestwood coach Brian Zabroski said. “We had a couple of faceoffs go our direction. We have been having a tough time with faceoffs lately. We had to get our portion of the faceoffs. Last time we were not able to get those possessions. And possessions are everything.”
Leading 9-8 in the waning minutes of the third quarter, Crestwood came away from a chippy back-and-forth with a Trey Zabroski goal with 1:31 remaining. Chandler O’Farrell immediately won the faceoff and fed the ball ahead to Anthony Caporuscio for a goal 10 seconds later. On the next faceoff chance, Matthew Tirpak won the ball and dished it to Wyatt Malia for a 12-8 lead with 1:11 remaining in the quarter.
“O’Farrell is the faceoff guy, and we have been working with Tirpak all season,” Brian Zabroski said. “This is the end of the season. This is the playoffs where it really starts to count. It really showed tonight. Winning those faceoffs at that time was game-changing.
Caporuscio finished with six goals for the Comets. Trey Zabroski also provided the team with six points on five goals and an assist.
Wyatt Malia posted a team-best seven points with four goals and three assists.
“Wyatt, Anthony and TJ Kulak play off of each other a lot,” Brian Zabroski said. “With all three working together, they are able to break down defenses. It is hard to cover three guys at one time.”
Crestwood will face Lake-Lehman on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the district second round. The Cavaliers will take on North Pocono as the No. 3 seed.
Scranton Prep finished the first half with two straight goals in the final three minutes to head into the break at a 7-6 deficit. Crestwood opened the second half with a pair of back-to-back goals. Trey Zabroski regained a two-goal lead at the 10:54 mark, and Malia caused a turnover, picked up a ground ball, and dumped a shot into the net to stretch the Comets’ lead to 9-6.
Crestwood goalkeeper Reed Karaska posted 14 saves in the victory. He made two straight saves in the final minutes to preserve the three-goal cushion. Scranton Prep goalie Kyle Reigner made 14 saves
“He has worked so hard to get here,” Brian Zabroski said. “Those two goalies are the two best in the district. They do battle. It is a tough position to be in because you’re going to give up goal. And it’s tough to get your head back into the game. Those two were really awesome.”
Scranton Prep beat Crestwood 12-11 last week.
CLASS 2A PLAYOFFS
Tunkhannock 9, Abington Heights 8
Bradley Martin scored four goals and Mike Casey added three as the Tigers edged the Comets in a district opener. Jaxson Montross and Izaiah Simon also scored for Tunkhannock while Sergey Montross finished with 24 saves.
Eric Middleton led Abington Heights with five goals as the Comets led 8-6 in the third before the seventh-seeded Tigers rallied for the win.
Tunkhannock advanced to travel to No. 2 Wyoming Area in a Thursday quarterfinal.
Lake-Lehman 16, Coughlin 3
The No. 8 Black Knights cruised to a first-round victory and will take on top-seeded Crestwood in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
WVC Division 1 Championship
Crestwood 17, Scranton Prep 14
Scranton Prep`7`7` — 14
Crestwood`8`9 — 17
Scranton Prep: L. Johnson 3g-1a, Hinton 7g, Fisher 4g-3a, Pettiwato 1a
Crestwood: Anthony Caporuscio 6g, TJ Kulak 1a, Wyatt Malia 4g-3a, Matt Tirpak 3a, Sean Murphy 2g, Owen Grigas 1a, Trey Zabroski 5g-1a, Chandler O’Farrell 4a
Shots – SP 47, CRE 42. Saves – SP 14 (Reihner), CRE 13 (Reed Karaska)
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