Muckle’s OT goal lifts Mounts past PM

By on April 11, 2012

By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor, Staff Writer

Every team deals with its share of adversity.

How it handles it could make the difference between a good and a great season in the end.

If the Ephrata boys lacrosse team does reach its goal and win the L-L title this year, the Mounts may indeed point to Tuesday’s clash at home with Penn Manor as the difference maker.

The Comets certainly did not roll over in this one. In fact, Penn Manor controlled play for large stretches of Tuesday’s contest. And leading 8-6 with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, the Comets seemed poised to hold on for the monumental upset win.

But with their unbeaten record on the line, the Mounts responded with a pair of clutch goals to tie it. Then won it on their first possession of the extra session when Nate Muckle got the golden goal on a bounce shot that beat Comet goalie Damon Cummins for the gamewinner.

"We definitely pulled it out, somehow," Ephrata Coach Kevin Pletz said following the game. "That’s the main thing that I talked to them about. We didn’t play well, and there are a lot of things we have to work on. But them playing as a team and their heart is what won that game in the end."

Trailing 8-6, with 1:30 to go, Tucker Keefer got the Mounts (6-0 overall, 5-0 league) to within one at 8-7. Then, with just 40 ticks to go, Muckle put one past Cummins for the equalizer to send the game into overtime.

In the extra period, Penn Manor (2-3) won the face off but turned it over. That set the stage for Muckle’s goal which came about 40 seconds into the period.

Tucker Keefer scored four goals to lead the Mounts in scoring. Muckle added three scores while Dakota Keefer and Josh Frey also found the net.

For the game, Penn Manor outshot Ephrata, 17-15 but Mountaineer goalie Brian Neff came up with seven key stops to earn the victory.

Last Wednesday, host Warwick gave Ephrata another battle, but the Mounts prevailed 10-4 to capture the Ream Cup, which is named in memory of former Ephrata Coach Mike Ream and given annually to the winner of the game.

Warwick trailed only 5-2 at the half and 8-4 after three quarters before the Mounts, paced by Joey Sellers’ four tallies, scored the only two goals in the fourth to put it away.

Tucker Keefer added two goals and seven different players scored for the Mounts, who improved to 4-0 in league play (5-0 overall).

Austin Minnich led the Warwick offense with two goals, while Nick Hohman added two assists and a goal in the losing cause.

Shaun McCormick also had an assist and a goal, while Marc Wiczkowski and J.A. Howland beat Neff (7 saves) as well.

The Warriors had just one shot fewer than the Mounts, 19-18, and Watson finished with eight stops between the pipes.

Cocalico, meanwhile, host Hempfield Tuesday afternoon where the Black Knights broke open a 5-4 game in the third, outscoring the Eagles 5-0 in the period to key a 13-7 Hempfield victory.

Josh Richardson and Nate Brown both scored a pair of goals for the Eagles. Thomas Koller, Devon Delpiano and Jerrad Seifrit added goals for Cocalico in the loss.

Dan Bucolo saved 14 in net for the Eagles, who were outshot 27-16.

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