HS LACROSSE: Crestwood Storms To WVC Crown
SCRANTON — It hit like a tidal wave.
Crestwood peppered Scranton Prep with a flurry of attacks on goal and found the back of the cage 10 times Wednesday during a clinching run in a matchup of two top lacrosse teams in the Wyoming Valley Conference.
The Comets rolled to a convincing 19-8 victory at the Loyola Complex in a rematch of last season’s District 2 Class 2A final.
“All season we have been working to get to this game,” Scranton Prep coach Mark Kozlowski said. “The team energy was really up. We were ready and came out firing.
“Then, we got punched in the mouth a little bit and first, the gravity of the game stunned the guys, and second, we are a young team and we have to take this as a learning experience.”
Greg Fisher got Scranton Prep (9-2 WVC, 10-4 overall) going with a flick of the wrist and a quick goal early in the first quarter.
Crestwood (12-0, 12-4) answered with a quick five-goal burst, but Scranton Prep closed to within 5-3.
That’s when the flood gates opened.
Using crisp passing and open field athleticism, Crestwood created one-on-one opportunities and cashed in with rapid-fire releases.
The Comets held a 15-4 lead midway through the third quarter and it stood at 19-4 after three.
It was an onslaught against a Scranton Prep defense that had yielded only 4.6 goals per game in the WVC this season.
“The main thing was to come out fast,” said Crestwood’s Wyatt Malia, who also had five goals and an assist for the Comets. “We knew Scranton Prep had a good defense and we had good ball movement and never left our foot off the pedal.”
Crestwood, which handed the Cavaliers a 21-8 loss in the district final last season, stayed on the offensive and added four more goals.
Fisher led Prep with three goals and an assist, while Chase Stephens had two goals and an assist.
“We had prepared for Crestwood and after scouting them, we knew they had the ability to dial up the intensity from a 10 to an 11 and that’s what they did,” Kozlowski said. “We went toe-to-toe with them in the first few minutes, but I think once they realized this was going to be a tough game, the energy shifted in their favor.
“It’s nice that we ended up with a 19-8 score at the end with a few goals there, but the reality of the situation is they dominated us.”
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Crestwood (12-0) 5 7 7 0 — 19 Scranton Prep (9-2) 3 0 1 4 — 8
SP goals: Greg Fisher 3, Chase Stephens 2, Luke Brunetti, Michael McGrath, Christian Graniel. Assists: Stephens, Fisher. Saves: Kyle Reihner 5.
CRE goals: Anthony Caporuscio 5, Wyatt Malia 5, Sean Murphy 5, Trey Zabroski 4. Assists: Trey Zabroski 3, Malia, Murphy. Saves: Dean Fey 8.
Jill Taleroski had four goals and two assists to lead Crestwood to a 15-1 win over North Pocono in a Wyoming Valley Conference match.
Kendra Jordan scored for North Pocono.
Crestwood (6-5) 8 7 — 15 North Pocono (1-10) 1 0 — 1
CRE: Goals: Jill Taleroski 4, Julia Johnson 2, Kelsey Kulak 2, Kaylee Moran 2, Emily Roberts 2, Hillary Blazick, Helena Jardine, Julia Rose. Assists: Kelsey Kulak 2, Jill Taleroski 2, Helena Jardine. Saves: Victoria Thomas 4.
NP: Goal: Kendra Jordan. Assists: None. Saves: Kaitlyn Wheeler 17.
Abington Heights 5
At Abington Heights, Jessica Ford scored five goals to lead Lake-Lehman.
Brennan Tates had four goals for Abington Heights.
Lake-Lehman (9-2) 10 8 — 18 Abington Heights (5-6) 3 2 — 5
LL: Goals: Jessica Ford 5, Rachel Shook 4, Kate Roberts 3, Samantha Aben 3, Mikella Monaco, Ava Rodel, Lyndsey Sayre. Saves: 7.
AH: Goals: Brennan Tates 4, Morghan Stiles. Saves: 13.