Mounts edge CV to start lax season 2-0

By on March 30, 2011

As the defending section champions, Ephrata should expect to get every team’s best effort this season. Monday afternoon at home, visiting Conestoga Valley did just that, going toe-to-toe with the Mounts for four full quarters. But like championship teams do, the Mounts found a way to get it done down the stretch, thanks to junior Tucker Keefer, and improved to 2-0 on the young season. With the game entering the waning moments and the score deadlocked at 3-3, junior Tucker Keefer broke through and scored the game winner with two and a half minutes to play to give the Mounts a hard-fought 4-3 victory. Keefer had a hand in all four goals for the Mounts, scoring three while assisting on Nate Muckle’s first-quarter tally. Muckle added an assist on one of the Keefer goals as Ephrata pulled out this defensive struggle. Travis Scheurich, Myer and Adam Lenhard all scored for CV. Ephrata goalie Brian Neff earned six saves in recording his second win of the year. In addition to Monday s action, both Ephrata and Cocalico opened the season late last week. Saturday morning at Palmyra, the Mounts used a big second half to down the host Cougars, 14-7. Leading just 5-4 at the break, the Mounts outscored Palmyra, 9-3 in the second half to earn the victory. Joey Sellers led the Mounts offensively, tallying a game-high five goals. Muckle added four scores and Tucker Keefer chipped in with a hat trick. Dakota Keefer and Josh Frey scored the remaining two Ephrata goals. Tucker Keefer added a pair of assists while Muckle, Dakota Keefer, Mason Quickel and Frey also had helpers for the Mounts. Neff was solid in goal with 10 saves as the Mounts outshot Palmyra, 26-17. Cocalico, meanwhile, opened its season Friday at Holy Name where the host Blue Jays scored a hard-fought 10-9 victory in overtime. David Waligurski scored four goals, including the game winner just two minutes into overtime, to pace Holy Name. Cocalico s stats were unavailable. More BOYS LAX, page B-3

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