LEHMAN TWP. — Last year, Lake-Lehman struggled finding opponents — particularly the more established ones —that were willing to fill its schedule during its first varsity girls lacrosse season.
This year is a different story. The Black Knights are going to the District 2 girls lacrosse semifinals for the second straight year. Lehman jolted Dallas in the first half en route to a 14-4 first round victory. The Black Knights face top-seeded Wyoming Seminary at 5 p.m. Monday.
“It’s just amazing to me,” Lehman coach Alex Wilson said. “Three years ago, we had a JV schedule and we didn’t win a game. Last year, in our first year as a varsity program, teams like Delaware Valley wouldn’t even play us. To come back to beat Del Val and some of the other more established teams and make semifinals is really a praise to the team.”
Lehman jumped on top of the Mountaineers early, scoring the game’s first six goals. Aleaha Blazick began the scoring barrage at 20:03 to put the Black Knights ahead. Dallas finally got on the scoreboard with 8:26 to go with a Kayla Wanek score.
Eleven seconds later, Lehman’s Alysa Adams picked up the draw control and marched down the field to put the Black Knights back ahead by six.
Adams found the back of the net with 11 seconds remaining to give Lehman a 9-2 lead at halftime.
“We’ve just improved the entire season,” Wilson said. “As every week goes by, they move the ball better and better. That’s been the key; the girls have been working on their stickwork and control.”
Lehman was led by the three-headed scoring attack of Adams, Mallory Wilson and Amelia Jenkins. Adams led the game with five scores, while both Wilson and Jenkins contributed four scores. Adams and Wilson each added an assist.
Makenzie Borum was brilliant in net for Lehman with 10 saves. Blazick caused two turnovers, and Kassie Keiper controlled three loose balls.
With just two upperclassmen starters, the Black Knights wield a large cast of underclassmen, led by Wilson’s overpowering attack on goal.
“This team is built for the future,” coach Wilson said. “We start nine sophomores so we’re very young. We needed to bring them along. Amelia Jenkins and Kassie Keiper have been tremendous that way.”
Dallas received two goals from Amanda Miller. Wanek and Katie Snedeker each posted two scores. Maddie Mulhern had two assists.
Alex Klinges made eight saves in goal for the Mountaineers.
The Black Knights return to the semis to face the Blue Knights for the second year in a row. Lehman seeks a better outcome than last season’s 22-1 loss to the three-time District 2 champions.
“We hoped to be seeded to meet them in the final,” coach Wilson. “The bottom line is the real goal is to get to states and you’ve got to beat them to get there. We’re looking forward to it.”
Lake-Lehman 14, Dallas 4
Goals: DAL Amanda Miller 2, Katie Snedeker, Kayla Wanek; LL Alysa Adams 5, Mallory Wilson 4, Amelia Jenkins 4, Aleaha Blazick
Assists: DAL Maddie Mulhern 2; LL Wilson, Adams
Saves: DAL Alex Klinges 8; LL Makenzie Borum 10