Cougars close out Cocalico

By on June 5, 2019

Eagles’ successful season ends in State Quarterfinals

Cocalico’s Corrie Lescoe (center) fights off a check to the back during Saturday’s State Quarterfinals vs. Springfield at Exeter Township High School. Photo by Travis Boyd

Cocalico’s Corrie Lescoe (center) fights off a check to the back during Saturday’s State Quarterfinals vs. Springfield at Exeter Township High School. Photo by Travis Boyd

In the aftermath of Saturday’s 16-5 loss to Springfield-Delco in the State 2A Quarterfinals at Exeter Township High School, it felt more like a beginning than an end for the Cocalico girls lacrosse team.

Although the Eagles’ season had indeed come to a close with the loss to the District One runners-up, Cocalico’s young roster got a good taste of playoff experience which should benefit them greatly in the future.

Just last Tuesday, the Eagles earned their first State victory since 2012 with a 22-3 victory over Lewisburg. And, although Saturday ended in defeat, the Eagles, who return all but four starters next year, including their top two scorers in junior Claire Eberly and sophomore Hannah Custer and sophomore goalie Alayna Trynosky, finished among the final eight teams in the State.

“We lose four starters, three attackers and one midfielder, and that hurts, but we are looking forward to what we have back next year,” Cocalico Coach Courtney Reinhold said following Saturday’s defeat. “Hopefully this experience will help them going into next year and they’ll be a little more ready for it. Like I said, we hadn’t been here and they hadn’t experienced States so now with this experience under their belts I’m hoping next year will be even better.”

Saturday’s game came down quite simply to possession time as the Cougars owned it for most of the contest, out-drawing the Eagles 19-4 for the game. When Cocalico did possess the ball, the Springfield-Delco defense didn’t allow the Eagles many free runs to the goal.

“All season draw controls were a big focus for us,” Reinhold said. “When we were able to win the draw controls we were able to put the ball in the net. Today we only won three or four and we only had four or five goals, so when we won it we were able to put it in. We just didn’t win it as much as we would have liked.”

Springfield-Delco (18-6), which defeated York Catholic 11-10 in Tuesday’s semifinals, took a 2-0 advantage early before Custer went down the slot to get the Eagles on the board at the 19-minute mark of the first half.

But the Cougars stretched the advantage to 5-1 with three more goals over the next five minutes to take command. Custer added her second score at that point off a beautiful feed from Eberly to make it 5-2. However, Springfield-Delco closed the half on a 5-1 run to up the lead to 10-3.

The lone Cocalico goal during that stretch came from senior Corrie Lescoe, who came out from behind the net and tucked it neatly in behind Cougar goalie Dana Mirigliano (2 saves).

In the second half, the Cougars dominated possession time (they won all nine draws) as they stretched the advantage to 14-3 midway through the period. Custer, who led the Eagles with four goals, added the final two Cocalico scores but the Cougars were able to put it away.

Julie Schickling and Erin Gormley both scored four goals apiece while Isabella Mastropietro added three goals and a pair of assists to pace the Cougars, who out-shot Cocalico 26-7.

Trynosky made 10 saves in the loss for Cocalico, which closed the season at 17-6.

“This is the farthest we’ve come since 2012,” Reinhold said. “Every time the girls step out on the field they give it everything they’ve got and that’s all I can ever ask of them. I can’t take anything away from the way they played this season. Our last game didn’t work out the way we wanted but they still went out and gave it everything they had.”

NOTE — Both Eberly and Custer reached the 100 goal mark for the season. Custer led the way with 103 markers while Eberly broke the school record of 131 points (previously held by Steph Taylor) with (137 points) 100 goals and 37 assists.

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