Ephrata advances in Districts

By on May 14, 2014

 

The Ephrata boys lacrosse team is moving on in the District Three playoffs.

Thanks to a gritty come-from-behind effort, a fourth-quarter go-ahead goal from Koty Keefer and a solid defensive effort, including 13 saves from goal-keeper Justin Mease, the 11th-seeded Mounts upset 6th-seeded Dallastown 10-6 on the Wildcats’ home turf in a District first-round game Tuesday night.

The win vaults Ephrata (14-5) into Thursday’s quarterfinal round against a familiar foe &tstr; Manheim Township (17-1), an 11-5 winner over Warwick. The two L-L rivals will meet at 6 p.m. at Penn Manor’s Comet Field in Millersville.

Ephrata goalie Justin Mease finished with 13 saves on Tuesday night to help the Mounts defeat Dallastown 10-6 in their District Three opener.  (Review file photo)

Ephrata goalie Justin Mease finished with 13 saves on Tuesday night to help the Mounts defeat Dallastown 10-6 in their District Three opener. (Review file photo)

Of course, the Ephrata boys needed to pass a big test on Tuesday to get to the next round, and they had their hands full when Dallastown (15-3) took a 2-0 lead after one and a 6-4 edge at the half.

But when the Wildcats scored with 6:00 left in the second quarter, that would be the final time that they found the back of the net against Mease and the Mountaineers’ defense.

Ephrata’s shut-down ‘D’ was pivotal, enabling the attack to get two tying goals in the third quarter, and then they finished the game on a 4-0 run in the fourth to clinch the win.

Keefer’s go-ahead tally in the final stanza was one of a team-high five goals that he had in the game. Hoover and Austin Sensenig chipped in with two goals apiece, and Cammauf also dented the twine. Ryan Holochuck added two helpers and Chris Husson finished with one assist.

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