Cocalico dominates Lewisburg to earn State victory

By on May 29, 2019
Cocalico’s Sybilla Gerhart (13) defends against the L-S attacker during last Wednesday’s District third-place game. Photo by Missi Mortimer

Cocalico’s Sybilla Gerhart (13) defends against the L-S attacker during last Wednesday’s District third-place game. Photo by Missi Mortimer

After waiting out a vicious hail storm, the Cocalico girls lacrosse team unleashed a fury of its own in the opening round of the State Class 2A playoffs vs. Lewisburg Tuesday at Selinsgrove High School.

The Eagles got out of the gates quickly, taking a 5-0 lead after just four minutes of play. Lewisburg, the District Four champion, never recovered as Cocalico rolled to an eventual 22-3 victory.

With the win, the Eagles (17-5) will advance to Saturday’s Quarterfinals at a site and time to be determined. Cocalico will face the winner of Wednesday’s first-round match-up between District 11 champ Saucon Valley (17-1) and District 1 runner-up Springfield-Delco (16-6).

The District Four champion Green Dragons closed out the season with a 10-7 mark.

“We were super pumped coming in,” Cocalico Coach Courtney Reinhold said following Tuesday’s win. “It’s the first time to be at States since 2012 as a program. These girls have worked so hard throughout the season and they just came out ready to go.”

The game, which was delayed more than a half hour due to a powerful storm, was the Eagles from the opening faceoff.

Cocalico led 8-2 Tuesday before ending the half the way they started– on a 5-0 run to take a 13-2 lead into the half.

The Eagles scored the first four goals of the second half to open up a 15-goal advantage and coasted the rest of the way to record their first State victory since the 2012 season.

Sophomore Hannah Custer led the scoring barrage for Cocalico with six goals and one assist. But she had plenty of help as Claire Eberly notched five goals and two helpers, while Corrie Lescoe (3 goals), Katie Heck (2 goals and three assists) and Naleah Sauder all were multiple scorers for the Eagles. Adeline Landis, Jameson Kernaghan and Thana Sweigart also got on the scoresheet for the winners.

Ella Reisch scored two of the three Green Dragon goals.

While not a busy night in net, Cocalico’s Alayna Trynosky (6 saves) and Katie Erisman (3 saves) split time in goal for the Eagles, who out-shot Lewisburg 29-12.

“It was an amazing, amazing win,” Reinhold said. “We were very lucky with the draw that we got and now we are looking forward to what Saturday is going to bring.”

Last Wednesday in the District Three third-place game vs. Lampeter-Strasburg at Lower Dauphin Middle School, the Eagles led 5-2 at the half and held off the Pioneers to earn an eventual 10-7 victory to captured third place.

Custer scored five goals while Lescoe and Eberly each notched a pair of scores and Heck contibuted a goal and an assist for the winners.

Trynosky made five saves on 12 L-S shots to earn the victory in net.

Katelyn Smith scored a pair of goals and assisted on three others while Kelsey Kimmel Courtney Reinhold said following Tuesday’s win. “It’s the first time to be at States since 2012 as a program. These girls have worked so hard throughout the season and they just came out ready to go.”

The game, which was delayed more than a half hour due to a powerful storm, was the Eagles’ from the opening faceoff.

Cocalico led 8-2 Tuesday before ending the half the way they started– on a 5-0 run to take a 13-2 lead into the half.

The Eagles scored the first four goals of the second half to open up a 15-goal advantage and coasted the rest of the way to record their first State victory since the 2012 season.

Sophomore Hannah Custer led the scoring barrage for Cocalico with six goals and one assist. But she had plenty of help as Claire Eberly notched five goals and two helpers, while Corrie Lescoe (3 goals), Katie Heck (2 goals and three assists) and Naleah Sauder all were multiple scorers for the Eagles. Adeline Landis, Jameson Kernaghan and Thana Sweigart also got on the scoresheet for the winners.

Ella Reisch scored two of the three Green Dragon goals.

While not a busy night in net, Cocalico’s Alayna Trynosky (6 saves) and Katie Erisman (3 saves) split time in goal for the Eagles, who out-shot Lewisburg 29-12.

“It was an amazing, amazing win,” Reinhold said. “We were very lucky with the draw that we got and now we are looking forward to what Saturday is going to bring.”

Last Wednesday in the District Three third-place game vs. Lampeter-Strasburg at Lower Dauphin Middle School, the Eagles led 5-2 at the half and held off the Pioneers to earn an eventual 10-7 victory to captured third place.

Custer scored five goals while Lescoe and Eberly each notched a pair of scores and Heck contibuted a goal and an assist for the winners.

Trynosky made five saves on 12 L-S shots to earn the victory in net.

Katelyn Smith scored a pair of goals and assisted on three others while Kelsey Kimmel notched a hat trick for the Pioneers (15-6).

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