WRIGHT TWP. — Goals were scarce to come by for Crestwood. So when the Comets added their second goal, slimming the deficit to three against undefeated Delaware Valley, it seemed like all of the momentum was turning their way.
A faceoff victory. A ground ball. A quick score. And in less than 15 seconds, all of Crestwood’s hopes of giving the Warriors their first Wyoming Valley Conference loss in more than three years vanished.
Delaware Valley scored eight consecutive goals in the final period to oust Crestwood 13-2 Friday night in WVC boys lacrosse action. Crestwood falls to 7-5 overall, 2-3 in the conference after last week’s gut-wrenching 8-6 loss at the hands of Dallas.
“As I told my guys, we needed to play a perfect game to beat Delaware Valley,” Crestwood coach Shaun Rohland said. “We played a good game. We didn’t play a perfect game.”
Crestwood held its own well in the first period, holding momentum in the early going. An early Andrew Bobynskj shot was deflected by Delaware Valley goalkeeper Connor Lamberton, and the Warriors midfielders made clear attempts problematic.
Delaware Valley’s Erik Lindaas posted the lone goal of the stanza on a Jed Daniel assist.
The Warriors began the second with a pair of goals within three minutes of each other. Crestwood’s Jay Popson cut the deficit to 3-1 when he evaded a pair of Warrior defenders and sailed a shot into the net. Delaware Valley added two before the break.
“They’re just a great team defensively,” Rohland said. “They’ve been a great team for three years since I’ve been here. They continue to put pressure on the ball.”
Despite solid Comets long stick midfielder play and a scoreless third period by both teams, Delaware Valley held the advantage by forcing Crestwood out of their third.
“Our defense did pretty good on ground balls,” Rohland said. “The clearing was a thorn in our side tonight.”
Crestwood showed promise when Popson added his second when he one-timed a Robert Coslett pass into net to make it 5-2. Delaware Valley coach Jeff Krasulski made the necessary adjustments, and the Warriors clamped down to double its lead within four minutes time.
“Our game plane was to pressure them with our long poles,” Rohland said. “We pressured them well in the first half. In the second half, our legs got a little tired and they took advantage of it. They’re a good team and that’s what good teams do. They take advantage of it at the right time.”
John Marci was masterful in net with 10 saves for the Comets.
“Our goalie played a great game. We played three quarters solid ball. And fourth quarter, we had a weak finish.
Delaware Valley 13, Crestwood 2
SCORING — DV, Tristian Earle (5g, 5a); Erik Lindaas (3g); Nick Pampalone (4g, 2a); Jed Daniel (3a); Devan Polanis (1a); Sawyer Newman (1g). CRE, Jay Popson (2g); Robert Coslett (1a).
Shots — DV 27; CRE 8. Saves —DV 3 (Connor Lamberton 2, Neil Roche); CRE 10 (John Macri).