LEHMAN TWP. – Lake-Lehman coach Ron Strohl said he has become quieter on the sideline during games this season.
The Black Knights have been making noise on the field with a high-scoring offense that has kept them unbeaten in Wyoming Valley Conference girls lacrosse with a big game looming against the only other unbeaten, five-time defending champion Wyoming Seminary.
Monday night was no different.
Alicia Galasso scored four goals and two teammates also had hat tricks as Lake-Lehman won the Old Stick Game from rival Dallas, 15-4, at Eddie Edwards Stadium.
“It’s just more about understanding where your teammates are on the field and where we are in a situation in the game,” Strohl said. “This year, there’s less talking on my behalf and more talking on their behalf because now they understand to move the ball. “
It has all added up to an average of 17.9 goals per game against District 2 opposition.
“They can control their own pace,” Strohl said. “They can control their own plays.
“They realize they can’t win by themselves, so they’ve become reliant on their teammates.”
Field awareness and passing are particularly evident in the transition game where Lake-Lehman took control Monday during a stretch of seven straight goals in 14:03 for an 8-1 lead late in the half.
Galasso scored three times while Jess Evans had two goals and assisted on one of Galasso’s scores during that time.
“I think we just picked up our heads and looked for the transitions and the passes,” Galasso said.
Lauren Delamater scored for Dallas to end the first half and open the second, but Grace Butler, who finished with 10 saves, made sure the Mountaineers could not get closer than five goals.
Lake-Lehman put together another flurry – this time five straight goals in 10:37 – to put the game away, 13-3, before the midway point of the second half.
Kate Roberts and Hallie Jenkins each scored three goals while Evans had a hand in five scores.
The Black Knights, who won Division 2 titles in 2015 and 2016 before the WVC abandoned the division format last season, lost only to Wyoming Seminary a year ago. They host the Blue Knights May 8 in a game that appears likely to decide the title and the top seed for the District 2 Class 2A tournament.
“I don’t want them to look any further than the next game,” Strohl said. “If they look too far ahead, then they forget where they are right now and game plans are different from team to team.”
Coughlin 16, Hazleton Area 9
Allie Tedik and Kendall Pearage each scored six goals and combined on three assists as the Crusaders pulled away from the Cougars.
Jolene Ulichney had a hat trick and two assists in the victory and Bailey Cunningham made two assists for Coughlin.
Meleah Hoats had a hat trick for Hazleton Area, which also received two goals apiece from Laura Bayzick, Lexi Brohman and Riley Hudock.
Wyoming Seminary 11, Abington Heights 6
Grace Parsons scored five goals, sparking the Blue Knights to victory.
Delaware Valley 19, North Pocono 6
Shane Roche scored four goals and had three assists to boost the Warriors, while Josh Balcarcel scored twice and dished out six assists. Anton Mackey and Jimmy Quinn also scored four goals apiece in the victory.
Dallas 16, Coughlin 7
Nick Solinsky and Kyle Ripa both had a hat trick as the Mountaineers romped in a game played Saturday. TJ Herron finished with five assists in the victory.
Lake-Lehman 15, Dallas 4
Dallas`2`2 — 4
Lake-Lehman`8`7 — 15
SCORING – DAL, Mindy Ratchford (2 goals), Lauren Delamater (2 goals). LL, Alicia Galasso (4 goals), Kate Roberts (3 goals, assist), Hallie Jenkins (3 goals), Jess Evans (2 goals, 3 assists), Samantha Aben (2 goals), Caylin Patla (goal), Ava Radel (assist). Shots on goal — DAL 14, LL 24. Saves — DAL 9 (Bailey Slacktish), LL 10 (Grace Butler).
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