Mounts squeak by Penn Manor

By on April 15, 2015
Ephrata’s Ryan Holochuck (18) is closely marked by a Cocalico defender during last Wednesday’s contest. (Photo by Dwight Palm)

Ephrata’s Ryan Holochuck (18) is closely marked by a Cocalico defender during last Wednesday’s contest. (Photo by Dwight Palm)

One shot hit the side of the net with 1:30 left in the game and a second whizzed by the goal at the final horn as the Ephrata boy’s lacrosse team held on for a 5-4 win over Penn Manor in Lancaster-Lebanon League play on Friday in Millersville.

“We feel fortunate to come out of here with a win,” said Mounts head coach Eric Bensing after the game. “For some reason, the records do not matter when we play Penn Manor. It’s always a close game.”

There were two other numbers that didn’t match up with the final score. First, Penn Manor (2-4 League, 2-6 overall) controlled the ball in the Ephrata (5-1, 6-2) end of the field for 80 percent of the game. And second, the Comets outshot the Mounts 44-17, although 21 of those attempts (including the last two) were not on the net.

“We played very good team defense today,” said Ephrata goalie Kyle Lindberg, whose ten saves was the backbone of that ‘D’. “We contested shots very well.”

“We’re young on defense,” added Bensing. “It was a great opportunity to increase their lacrosse IQ. Kyle (Lindberg) did a fine job. The last two games (both wins) were a boost to his confidence.”

The Mounts offense was led by Dustin Fisher (2 goals, 1 assist) and Austin Sensenig (1, 2), while David Zimmerman and Brandon Adams scored goals to complete the scoring.

“I’m always looking to dish rather than shoot,” said Sensenig, who controls the middle of the field like a point guard in basketball. “I don’t like the defense to get too comfortable.”

That dish and shoot philosophy was on display in the first period when the senior Sensenig broke out of his own end just 2:30 into the game and again with three minutes left in the quarter. He was unchecked while scoring the first himself, and set up the sophomore Fisher for the second, and Ephrata’s only two goal lead of the game at 2-0.

“We’re normally pretty good at transition,” added Bensing. “But we don’t want to get into a track meet, because of depth.” Some of that depth was missing at Comet field on Friday, as leading scorer Justin Hoover (15 goals, 5 assists) sat out with a minor leg injury. But, it didn’t seem to bother Sensenig. “I’m confident in any of our guys. This year’s team is pretty well balanced.”

Ephrata returned to action Tuesday at Lancaster Country Day and used a big second half to earn a 13-7 victory.

Ephrata out-scored LCD 10-4 in the second half to key the victory.

Justin Hoover had a team-leading four goals for Ephrata while Sensenig contributed three goals and four assists to lead the way. Adams added two goals and two assists while Fisher scored two goals and had one helper in the win.

This past Saturday, Ephrata was on the losing end of an 11-2 non-league decision at Wilson. Colin Cammauf and Fisher got the lone goals for the Mounts.

Last Wednesday at home, Ephrata won local bragging rights with Cocalico as Adams had four goals and five assists to lead the Mounts to a 13-8 victory over the Eagles.

Leading 7-5 at the half, Ephrata out-scored Cocalico 4-1 in the third quarter to break it open and key the victory.

In addition to Adams, Fisher also had four goals while Hoover and Sensenig each chipped in with two scores apiece. Ryan Holochuck scored the remaining Ephrata goal as the Mounts out-shot the Eagles, 43-27.

Brett Kupp scored three goals to lead the Eagles. Matt Weinhold had a pair of tallies while Devon Delpiano, Justin Marderness and Bryce Shaffer also got on the board in the loss.

Lindberg had nine saves while Cocalico goalie Ben Puodziunas turned away eight shots.

The Eagles did earn an 11-3 victory over Lancaster Mennonite last Friday. However no stats were reported from that game.

Up next for the Mounts are a couple of District Three playoff probables in unbeaten Hempfield (6-0, 9-0) at Landisville on Thursday, a non-league tilt at Dallastown (5-1, 7-1) on Saturday and back to League play Monday, as they host Cedar Crest (2-3, 3-4). Ephrata currently sits tied for third in L-L play as the top four make the League playoffs.

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