Finals rematch should decide reg. season title

By on April 25, 2012

As good as Ephrata has been over the last few years, it has never beaten Manheim Township in boys lacrosse.

The Mounts will get another opportunity Thursday (7 p.m.) at home with a lot on the line when the Streaks make their first-ever trip to Mountaineer Field. Barring any upsets over the final week of the regular season, Thursday’s rematch of last year’s L-L finals will more than likely determine the league’s regular season championship.

Ephrata enters the game unbeaten in league play at 8-0 and is 10-1 overall on the season. Township is also undefeated in league play and is 10-4 overall heading into this winner-take-all game.

Monday night at home, Ephrata prepped for Thursday with a convincing 16-4 triumph over Cedar Crest. The Mounts got out of the gates quickly, jumping to a quick 8-0 lead after one quarter and coasted in from there.

Eight different players scored for Ephrata, led by Josh Frey’s four-goal performance. Joey Sellers returned to the lineup after missing several games and produced three tallies while Tucker Keefer, Dakota Keefer and Evan Hornberger each had two goals apiece.

Rounding out the scoring for the Mounts were Nate Muckle, Colin Cammauf and Teagan Pfautz.

Ephrata outshot the Falcons, 26-12 as Brian Neff and Mike Governanti each saved two in net.

Last Thursday, the Mounts added a hard-fought 12-5 victory at home over a pesky E-town team. A six-goal second quarter outburst led to an 8-1 halftime lead for Ephrata, which held on from there.

Justin Hoover scored three goals to pace the Mounts, who also got two goals each from Tucker Keefer, Mason Quickel and Hornberger.

Muckle, Frey and longpole Alex Pstrak also found the net for Ephrata. Neff made five saves to notch the win in goal.

As for Cocalico, the Eagles dropped three-straight games this past week, including a 14-8 loss at Lampeter-Strasburg Tuesday afternoon.

Cocalico led 6-5 at the half before L-S outscored the Eagles 5-0 in the final period to take this one.

Ryen Forry paced the Eagles with three goals on the night while Nick Brown chipped in with a pair of tallies. Thomas Koller, Josh Richardson and Mitchell Shober also found the net for Cocalico.

Monday night in a non-league contest at unbeaten Hershey, the host Trojans opened up a 10-2 halftime lead en route to a 12-5 victory.

And this past Thursday at home, visiting Warwick opened up an 8-1 lead after three quarters of play before holding on for a 9-4 win over the Eagles.

Forry scored a pair of goals for Cocalico while Devin Delpiano and Koller also tallied. Dan Bucolo made 16 stops in the Cocalico net. More BOYS LAX, page B-2

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