KINGSTON — Wyoming Seminary turned an early, slim lead into an early big lead after a six-goal rush.
It put visiting Lake-Lehman in a big disadvantage.
The long, sprinting scoring runs in transition were often the resulting combination of play from Amanda Schwartz, Kristen Mericle and Becca Schulman, who sparked Wyoming Seminary’s 16-5 victory in the semifinal round of the District 2 girls lacrosse tournament at Klassner Field.
That trio of Blue Knights accounted for 10 of Seminary’s first half goals.
That outburst led Wyoming Seminary, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, into the District 2 championship showdown with Delaware Valley on Wednesday at Klassner field at a time to be determined. Lake-Lehman, the tournament’s No. 4 seed, concludes its season at 15-5.
“It feels great to be moving on; our girls played great today,” said Wyoming Seminary head coach Catie Kersey. “Our ability to score early in transition early was huge for us; it really prevented Lehman’s defense from setting up and packing it in. It was a great team effort, and that’s what we need to continue to do.”
Schwartz, in particular, dictated play in the center of the field and either scored or assisted on five consecutive Blue Knight strikes before Mericle capped the six-goal run to stake Seminary to an 8-1 lead.
The Black Knights tried to answer with a pair of goals from Alyssa Adams, but the same trio of Blue Knights ended the first half with each of them tacking on another score.
“Some of them have been playing together for a really long time and it shows out there,” Kersey said. “They do a really nice job together. Amanda is a very strong player both in the midfield and in our attacks.
The second half continued to play out in Seminary’s favor without the Black Knights ever really threatening.
Kersey’s squad continued its attack, searching out the creases in Lehman’s zone to slash in for quick pass and shoot combinations that produced a pair of goals from Emily Granger, another score from Mericle and goals from Madison Dowd and Lexi Quick. Two more late goals from Alyssa Adams were the story of Lehman’s offense, kept in check by a Seminary defense that repeatedly forced Black Knight keeper Mackenzie Borum into making her own runs up the field to find an open teammate.
“I think the true measure is how we played them today versus the beginning of the year, and it shows that our team has grown,” Lake-Lehman head coach Alex Wilson said. “I’m happy with the progress in spite of the result. But we’ve got some speed and some good athletes coming back next season. They’re in a position to be a force next year if they take the off-season seriously.”
LAKE LEHMAN` 3` 2 —5
WYOMING SEMINARY` 11` 5 —16
LL: Adams four goals; Mallory Wilson one goal, one assist
SEM: Mericle five goals; Schwartz four goals, three assists; Schulman two goals, one assist; Granger two goals, one assist; Quick two goals, one assist; Dowd one goal, one assist