WYOMING – Shaun Rohland has seen his Wyoming Area players try some unorthodox shots in practice.
Tuesday, Rohland watched as Dominic DeLuca executed one of those attempts for a goal as the defending champion Warriors were pulling away from Tunkhannock for a 13-3 win in a key Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 game.
DeLuca, a sophomore midfielder, got to a rebound and flipped a blind shot over his shoulder for his fourth and final goal on a day when he also provided two assists to the Wyoming Area win.
“Believe it or not, they actually practice that, those guys in front of the crease, when they’re messing around,” Rohland said. “They always practice, the over-the-head, behind-the-back, which I’m fine with.
“We’ll take goals however we can get them.”
Wyoming Area broke away from a 7-3 game at the half by shutting out Tunkhannock in the second half and tacking three goals on to its lead in the first 9:18. DeLuca scored two of those goals and assisted an Alex Hawk goal in between.
DeLuca went a little bit of behind the back and over the head in the goal that made the lead 10-3, getting his stick up high to send the shot over his shoulder.
“I released it behind my back,” DeLuca said. “We mess around with them. We practice it a lot.
“That was my first time ever in a game, but I’m about 50 percent in practice.”
The opportunity presented itself for DeLuca when Alex Gonzales put a shot on net, forcing Sergey Montross to make one of his 25 saves for Tunkhannock.
“(Montross) thought it was behind him, but I saw it roll in front of him,” DeLuca said. “I picked it up with one hand, then grabbed it with my second one and put it behind me.”
Wyoming Area (3-1) entered the game with a share of the division lead, just a half-game in front of Tunkhannock (2-3).
The Warriors shook off a sluggish start to remain unbeaten against divisional opponents the past two seasons.
“We came out flat, so I told the guys we needed to come out and play better in the second half,” Rohland said. “They certainly responded to the message.
“They came out firing offensively and defensively.”
Conor McCormick, Corey Mruk and Derek Ambrosino led the defensive effort that held Tunkhannock scoreless in the second half.
Delaware Valley 18, Abington Heights 1
Shane Roche and Jackson Melnick scored four goals each to pace Delaware Valley.
Josh Balcarcel and Anton Mackey each found the net three times.
Wyoming Seminary 11, Coughlin 1
Matt Parsons scored three times and Nic Botello and Max Bartron added two goals each for Seminary in its victory.
Wyo. Valley West 3, Hanover Area 0
The Spartans won in a sweep. Game scores were unavailable.
Joey Burridge had eight kills, three aces and five digs for Valley West. Giacomo Rossi had 19 assists, two kills and two aces. Dave Luff contributed three kills, a block and an ace.
Trek Brodginski had nine points, four kills and five assists for Hanover Area. Devin Senk had seven assists, two digs and a kill. Corey Turner added five kills, two blocks and four points.
Delaware Valley 3, Nanticoke Area 0
DelVal won by scores of 25-6, 25-17, 25-9.
For Nanticoke Area, Carlos Castillo had two kills, three aces and six digs. Tyler Rushton had four assists, two kills and two digs.
Arcadia 5, Misericordia 3
Arcadia 10, Misericordia 3
Misericordia dropped a doubleheader at Arcadia.
Misericordia’s Amanda Butera had two hits in the opener, including a homer. She scored twice and drove in a pair of runs while Maddie Holub added two hits. Victoria Schmidt scattered 10 hits over six innings while absorbing her first loss of the season.
In the nightcap, Jessie McDonough drove in all three of the Cougars runs while Brianna Holder had two hits.
Susquehanna 9, Wilkes 1
Susquehanna 7, Wilkes 1
Christina Gambino extended her hitting streak to six games as the senior collected three of the Wilkes’ eight hits in a non-conference doubleheader at Susquehanna.
Gambino went 2-for-2 with an RBI to lead the Lady Colonels at the plate in game one. Caitlin Brown and Haley Welker added the other hits.
Welker knocked her fifth home run of the season in the nightcap.
Wyoming Area 13, Tunkhannock 3
Tunkhannock 2 1 0 0 — 3
Wyoming Area 5 2 4 2 — 13
SCORING – TUNK, Izaiah Simon (goal), Adam Martin (goal), Trae Cole (goal), Michael Casey (2 assists). WA – Dominic DeLuca (4 goals, 2 assists), Jakob Switzer (2 goals, assist), Justin Joseph (2 goals, assist), Alex Hawk (2 goals), Ethan Hosier (goal, 2 assists), Alex Gonzales (goal, assist), F.J. Braccini (goal), Derek Ambrosino (assist). Saves – TUNK 25 (Sergey Montross), WA 7 (Jake Urban 7, Alex Hawk 0).
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