Mount laxers thump CV
By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org, Staff Writer
Ephrata’s Tyler Sensenig (22) splits the CV defenders and goes on the attack for the Mounts during Monday’s 15-1 victory over the Buckskins at Mountaineer Field. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft) Thirty-two to five.
That’s the combined score for the first two games of Ephrata’s season which both resulted in lopsided victories in boys lacrosse.
It should come as no surprise, considering the Mounts return virtually their entire team from last year’s squad which advanced to the League finals and into District play.
While strong defensive play has been always been its staple, what could make the difference this year for a possible title run for Ephrata is its scoring depth. In the two wins, nine different players have found the net led by senior Josh Frey, who has netted nine.
"I’m pleased with the way they are playing," Mounts Coach Kevin Pletz said Tuesday. "The things I was concerned about they’ve shown a lot of improvement in and played well overall as a team which is one of the things we’ve been stressing."
"The last few years we’ve always been pretty good defensively," he continued. "That’s always been our strong point so I knew we’d be pretty solid there again. I’m just really pleased the way the offense is playing this year. They are really stepping up to their potential and are playing at the level they should be playing. I’m very pleased where we are at this point."
Monday afternoon at home vs. Conestoga Valley, the Mounts tallied three times in the game’s third minute to open up a commanding early lead. Then after giving one back late in the quarter, the Mounts poured it on the rest the of way while senior keeper Brian Neff blanked the Buckskins at the other end.
Ephrata scored six times in the second quarter to open up a 9-1 half-time lead, and went on to outscore CV 6-0 over the remainder of the game to earn a 15-1 victory.
Frey scored five goals to lead the way while Tucker Keefer, Nate Muckle, Joe Sellers and freshman Justin Hoover all netted two scores each in the win.
Neff, meanwhile, saved 10 of 11 shots to earn the victory in goal.
Ephrata opened the season Friday at home vs. Palmyra, where the Mounts cruised to a convincing 17-4 victory over the Cougars.
Evan Hornberger collected five goals and an assist while Frey added four goals to lead the way for the Mounts.
Other goal scorers for Ephrata included: Dakota Keefer (three goals and an assist); Tucker Keefer (2G, 4 A); Sellers (2G); Muckle (1G, 3A); and Mason Quickel (3G).
Joe Hess scored three of the four Palmyra goals. Neff made three stops for Ephrata in goal for the win.
Things should get a whole lot tougher for the Mounts later this week. They play a decent Lancaster Country Day squad tonight before closing out the week Friday by hosting Hempfield (4 p.m.).
The Knights, you may remember, were beaten by Ephrata, 6-5 in the L-L Semifinals last May. It marked the first time in school history Ephrata defeated Hempfield.
Now, the Mounts will be looking to make it two-in-a-row.
"We are looking at it as there is no reason why we can’t win that game," Pletz said. "There is no reason why we can’t play well. We are going to come out and play the way we can, play the game we know how to play and hopefully walk away with a ‘W.’"
"It was a stepping stone last year in the fact that we got that off our backs," he continued. "It was kind of a burden that we’ve never been able to beat the Hempfields and even still the Townships right now. We’ve never been able to beat them, and the fact that we did last year takes a little pressure off us this time."
While Ephrata is off to a good start, so too are the Cocalico boys, who notched their second win in as many starts Monday afternoon with a hard-fought 9-6 win at Cedar Crest.
With the score tied 1-1 after one quarter, the Eagles went ahead to stay in the second quarter, outscoring CC 4-1 to take a 5-2 lead into the locker room.
Josh Richardson scored four goals while Nick Brown added three tallies to pace the Eagles. Mitchell Shober added a pair of scores for the winners, who outshot the Falcons 16-9.
Ryen Forry chipped in for the Eagles with three assists on the afternoon.
Dan Bucolo registered three saves in net to earn the victory.
Cocalico opened the season Friday afternoon with a 17-5 triumph over visiting Conrad Weiser. The Eagles jumped out to a 10-3 lead at the half and cruised the rest of the way as Brown and Richardson (2 assists) both netted four goals to pace the team.
Forry added three goals and two assists while Shober scored one goal with three helpers. The other goalscorers for the Eagles included: Ryan Leid (2); Thomas Koller; Aaron Longstaff; and Devon Delpiano.
Bucolo made seven saves to get the win in net. More MOUNTS, page B-4