EMMAUS – Crestwood was so efficient with its offensive time and its shots that the Comets managed to lead for much of Saturday’s PIAA Class 2A boys lacrosse state quarterfinal.
York Catholic eventually used all its extra possession time and shots on goals to overcome a big game by Comets goalie Reed Karaska to rally for a 15-10 victory.
The game matched two teams seeking their first trip to the state semifinals. York Catholic (17-5) advanced to face District 1 champion Bishop Shanahan, a 13-7 winner over Allentown Central Catholic, Tuesday. Crestwood’s best season ever ends at 21-3 with both Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 and District 2 Class 2A titles.
Crestwood scored the game’s first three goals. The Comets played with the lead or in a tie for 26:12 of the first 31:41.
Karaska helped protect the lead, then later keep the game close with a total of 18 saves.
“Reed has had that kind of season where he stepped up when we needed him to step up,” Crestwood coach Brian Zabroski said. “He’s our leader. He’s the guy who has experience.
“He was able to take away a couple of nice shots that they had.”
Andrew Snelbaker made sure the Irish had plenty of chances to keep applying pressure. He won 21 of the game’s 25 faceoffs.
“We’ve been on that side of possessions and faceoffs several times this season, so we know how important that is,” Zabroski said.
Freshman Trey Zabroski gave Crestwood leads of 1-0 and 4-2 in the first quarter and completed his hat trick 2:05 into the second quarter for a 5-4 lead.
“We knew they were going to be a tough team,” coach Zabroski said. “We made some adjustments defensively and came out and had a good start.”
Anthony Caporuscio wound up leading the Comets with four goals.
York Catholic moved in front for the first time when it scored three straight goals and outshot Crestwood 10-1 in a five-minute stretch through the middle of the second quarter to take a 7-5 lead.
Crestwood rallied into a halftime tie and took its last lead 9-8 when Caporuscio scored goals 15 seconds apart midway through the third quarter.
Again, York Catholic took control with lengthy possessions, then starting new ones by winning faceoffs after it scored. The Irish took 14 of the game’s next 15 shots, although Wyatt Malia made that one Crestwood shot count to keep the game close.
York Catholic won by scoring seven of the game’s last eight goals. It scored in the final 20 seconds of the third quarter then had the only four goals of the fourth to pull away.
“It was good for us to be in this game, get the boys some experience and hopefully be hungry for next year,” coach Zabroski said.
PIAA Class 2A QUARTERFINALS
York Catholic 15, Crestwood 10
York Catholic 3 4 5 3 – 15
Crestwood 4 3 3 0 – 10
SCORING – YC, Chandler Hake (5 goals), Dimitri Amalfitano (4 goals, assist), Cole Witman (2 goals, 5 assists), Matthew Cassidy (goal, 3 assists), Joseph Fiorenza (goal, 2 assists), Matthew Antolick (goal), Brennan Witman (goal). CREST, Anthony Caporuscio (4 goals), Trey Zabroski (3 goals, 1 assist), Wyatt Malia (goal, 2 assists), Owen Grigas (goal, assist), T.J. Kulak (goal), Kevin Klusewitz (assist).
TOTAL SHOTS – YC 50, CREST 25. SHOTS ON GOAL – YC 33, CREST 19. MAN-ADVANTAGE CONVERSIONS – YC 2-for-4. CREST 1-for-2. SAVES – YC 9 (Jarred Kohl), CREST 18 (Reed Karaska).
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