WRIGHT TWP. – When Crestwood’s scoring slowed down in the first half, the Wyoming Valley Conference champions let a six-goal lead get away in a hurry.
Back in front in the fourth quarter, the top-seeded Comets did not even need to score to protect their lead.
Kevin Klusewitz and Trey Zabroski ran valuable time off the clock and Reed Karaska provided the clutch saves that belied the final score Monday as Crestwood held on for a 17-15 victory over visiting Dallas in a District 2 Class 2A boys lacrosse semifinal.
Crestwood will have a chance to defend its title Thursday at home against Scranton Prep, a 15-13 winner over Wyoming Area.
Zabroski, a freshman midfielder, scored six goals while sophomore Anthony Caporuscio added five goals and two assists in the win.
Karaska made 18 saves, including five while keeping the lead at 17-14 from midway through the fourth quarter down to when Danny Meuser scored from in front for Dallas with 33.6 seconds left.
“Reed had some big saves when we needed them,” Crestwood coach Brian Zabroski said. “He was able to step up and make key saves at key times.”
The Comets scored eight goals in the first quarter, including four straight in a span of 2:02 for a 7-1 lead.
“We did a good job of fighting back,” first-year Dallas coach John Zug said.
Dallas rallied to force ties at 8, 9 and 10 before Crestwood went ahead to stay with the last two goals of the half.
“This is a game of runs,” coach Zabroski said. “It’s 48 minutes of play. You try to win each game quarter-by-quarter.
“We got the best of them in the first quarter, but they came back so strong in the second quarter. That team is skilled.”
The Comets were well aware that the fourth-seeded Mountaineers remained a dangerous team.
Crestwood’s first loss the season came when a four-goal lead got away in the final 4 ½ minutes of a 13-12 loss to Dallas.
This time, the Comets shut down those comeback hopes.
After Caporuscio, the team’s season scoring leader, scored four goals in the first half, Zabroski had three of the team’s five in the third quarter to take charge of the game.
“(Zabroski) played great,” Caporuscio said of the coach’s son. “Coming up to this field as a freshman and putting six in as tough to do.
“It’s not easy, especially for his size. He’s shifty and uses that to get through defenders and find unique ways to bury the ball.”
T.J. Herron had four goals in the first-half Dallas comeback and finished with five. Michael Starbuck added four goals and an assist while Nick Solinsky had three goals and two assists.
Owen Grigas, who had two assists, and T.J. Kulak, who had one assist, each scored twice for Crestwood.
Wyoming Seminary 14, Wyoming Area 8
Emily Sims scored three goals and assisted two more as Wyoming Seminary moved to the D2-2A championship game.
The Blue Knights will host Lake-Lehman at 5 p.m. Wednesday for the championship.
Christina Kilyanek added three more goals for Sem. Paige Parsons, Nicole Joanlanne, Bari Lefkowitz and Grace Parsons all found the back of the net twice.
Cassidy Orzel scored six goals to pace Wyoming Area.
Lake-Lehman 18, Crestwood 7
Alicia Galasso scored six goals to pace the Black Knights in a D2-2A semifinal victory over Crestwood.
Jess Evans scored four goals and assisted two more, while Hallie Jenkins had four goals and an assist as the Black Knights moved to the title game Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Wyoming Seminary.
Emily Roberts and Samantha Brumagin had two goals each for Crestwood.
Boys District 2 Class 2A semifinal
Crestwood 17, Dallas 15
Dallas 6 4 3 2 – 15
Crestwood 8 4 5 0 – 17
SCORING – DAL, T.J. Herron 5 goals, Michael Starbuck (4 goals, assist), Nick Solinsky (3 goals, 2 assists), David Lipinski (goal, 2 assists), Josh Kalna (goal), Danny Meuser (goal), Hunter Landon (assist). CREST, Trey Zabroski (6 goals), Anthony Caporuscio (5 goals, 2 assists), Owen Grigas (2 goals, 2 assists), T.J. Kulak (2 goals, assist), Wyatt Malia (goal, 3 assists), Sean Murphy (goal, assist), Matt Tripak (assist), Jacob Antosh (assist). SHOTS – DAL 40, CREST 46. SAVES – DAL 21 (Nick Macho); CREST 19 (Reed Karaska).