The Girls Manheim Township Lacrosse team has won it’s 7th District 3 title in a row with a 21-14 victory over Hempfield. They scored 16 first half goals.
Here is the semifinals 16-9 victory against Kennard Dale May 19, 2015
For seniors Emily McBride, Sarah Svetec and Laurence Busque, Thursday’s win represented another senior class that end their high school career with District 3 championship hardware.
“Obviously Emily is a star player, an elite player and it’s a small senior class, but Sarah Svetec and Laurence Busque have just stepped up in the second half of the season,” said Manheim Twp. coach Mark Pinkerton. “Their leadership and play on the field have been really solid. Those three seniors, unfortunately Mary [Gugluizza] is hurt, but it’s a small senior class who have all been gamers down the stretch.”
McBride, who will take her talents to the University of Virginia next season, scored a game-high seven goals and was the lightning rod in a nine-goal run in the first half that turned this championship final into a rout.
Junior Maryn Bernhardt was also a main cog in the offense as she scored three of her four goals in the first half, while classmate Walker chipped in five goals of her own.
“I think our offense was really put together, our defense was good and we won a lot of draws, we were really happy about that,” Bernhardt said. “[The draws] sometimes aren’t our best thing, but we’ve been doing really well with it lately.”
Another member of Pinkerton’s talented junior class, attack, Petrosky, did another terrific job in facilitating the offense as she dished out five assists and helped her team to a 16-4 halftime lead.
“It seems like every game, we start a little slow and get down a little and then it just clicks,” Petrosky said. “We know how to play offense, know how to be the better team and move the ball. If we get down into our offense and keep working the ball and spinning the ball, things will just happen on their own.”
For Hempfield, it was new territory.
The Black Knights made their first ever championship game appearance and despite five goals from Sammy Helgeson and three from Paige Diminick, it wasn’t enough to overcome Township’s talent and depth.
“They’re dominant, they fight hard and they don’t give up,” said Hempfield coach Liz Erb of Manheim Twp. “They have a top tier of key players, but then they have a second level of kids who have all been playing for years with a stick in their hands. You can get past their first level, but then their second level will be right there to shut you down.”