WRIGHT TWP. — Making her first career start in goal during a district playoff game put freshman Avery Bogdon in a tough spot.
An early barrage by Dallas made it even rougher.
But as they say, when the going gets tough …
Bogdon recovered to make six saves in her starting debut Friday, Emily Roberts led a trio of Crestwood shooters who finished with hat tricks and the Comets erased an early two-goal deficit to dominate Dallas 10-6 in a District 2 Class 2A girls lacrosse quarterfinal at Crestwood High School.
“At first, I felt pressure,” Bogdon said. “I was a little nervous at first.”
Bogdon, whose time on the field was limited mainly to the tailends of wide-margin games this season, was forced to step in as Crestwood’s starter in goal when the team’s regular veteran goalie was prevented from playing through a school decision.
So the Mountaineers made a mass beeline to the cage from the start — and cashed in quickly when Lauren Delamater and Mindy Ratchford converted goals within the game’s first few minutes.
From there, though, Dallas was bogged down by Bogdon, who helped No. 3 Crestwood reach Monday’s 4 p.m. District 2 semifinal showdown at No. 2 Lake-Lehman.
She turned away three shots in the first half and three more in the second, finishing with a nifty swipe of her stick to snag a point-blank Dallas shot with 25 seconds to play to punctuate the victory.
Her play allowed the Comets enough time to recover for a 6-4 halftime lead that grew to 9-5 five minutes into the second half.
“As difficult of a situation that it was for the entire team, the pressure on Avery was enormous,” Crestwood coach Russ Kile said. “She handled it very calmly. She played like a well-schooled keeper.
“We were joking with her after the game, ‘You have no losses.’”
The rest of the Comets made sure Bogdon’s first start was a winner.
Katie Coslett got Crestwood on the board and Roberts followed with a goal that tied the score 2-2. Natasha Koslop, who joined Coslett and Roberts with hat tricks, hit her first goal midway through the opening half and gave the Comets their go-ahead goal for a 4-3 lead.
Roberts added two more goals before halftime to wrap up her hat trick in the first 18 minutes, and Coslett added her second goal of the first 25 minutes to give the Comets a two-goal lead at intermission.
“We definitely worked on calming down and worked for the ball,” Roberts, a sophomore, said. “We concentrated on our clock management. We’re very good at staying together and working as a team.”
So while falling behind by two goals at the start may have stung the Comets a bit, they were far from shaken.
“We have so many upperclassmen all over the field, we look to them for leadership,” Kile said. “We needed to push it back in, stay calm, with everybody playing under control and taking high percentage shots. Emily was one of the players who said, ‘That’s exactly how we need to play.’
“It’s not like field hockey or soccer, where two goals is a big deficit.”
That deficit was erased quickly enough, then the big guns from Crestwood took over.
Koslop scored the first and last goals of the second half to record her hat trick and in between Coslett also scored her third goal of the game.
Although Ratchford finished with a hat trick for Dallas, Bogdon & Co. made sure the Mountaineers never got too close for comfort.
“I had intentions of winning the game for my team,” Bogdon said. “I knew I had my team behind me. Staying calm and confident and having hope to win the game definitely helps.”
By the end, Bogdon helped ease any concerns the Comets have have had about a kid dealing with playoff pressure in her first high school star.
“She did amazing,” Roberts said. “We’re so proud of her.”
Wyoming Area 10, Scranton Prep 5
Tierney Porfirio, Cassidy Orzel, Emma Kelleher all had a hat trick and the Warriors rolled past Prep and into the District 2 Class 2A semifinals Monday.
Wyoming Area will face either Wyoming Seminary or Coughlin in the district semis.
The Warriors relied on strong defense and an opportunistic transition offense to record Friday’s victory.
Lila Donnelly added a goal in the win.
Elisa Kopicki led the Classics with two goals.
Lake-Lehman 16, Abington Heights 5
Hallie Jenkins scored five goals and dished out three assists as the No. 2 Black Knights rolled past the Comets in a District 2 Class 2A quarterfinal played Thursday.
Alicia Galasso finished with four goals and two assists in the victory and Katie Roberts hit a hat trick and added an assist. Jess Evans and Samantha Aben both scored a goal and had two assists for Lehman and Rachel Shook tallied a goal.
Lehman will host No. 3 Crestwood at 4 p.m. Monday in a District 2 semifinal game.
Crestwood 22, Lake-Lehman 3
Sophomore Anthony Caporuscio celebrated his 100th career assist when the Comets beat the Black Knights in a District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals in a game played Thursday.
Crestwood was the first to score and never looked back while rolling into Monday’s semifinal game against Dallas at 5:30 p.m. at Crestwood High School.
Caporuscio finished with four goals and four assists to lead Crestwood and TJ Kulak had a hat trick and two assists. Matt Tirpak added a hat trick and two assists in the victory, while Sean Murphy and Owen Grigas each scored twice. Wyatt Malia and Trey Zabroski both scored a goal and dished out three assists for the Comets.
Trey Borger scored two of Lehman’s three goals.
DISTRICT 2 CLASS 2A
Crestwood 10, Dallas 6
Scoring — DAL, Mindy Ratchford 3 goals, Lauren Delamater 2 goals, Grace Young 1 goal; CRE, Katie Coslett 3 goals, 2 assists, Emily Roberts 3 goals, 1 assist, Natasha Koslop 3 goals, Lilly Green 1 goal, Jill Taleroski 2 assists, Taylor Tomalinas 1 assist.
Shots — DAL 15, CRE 33. Saves — DAL 8 (Bailey Slacktish); CRE 6 (Avery Bogdon).
Reach Paul Sokoloski at 570-991-6392 or on Twitter @TLPaulSokoloski