DALLAS - With a quick, sudden burst, he was gone.
George Pfeiffer took matters onto his own stick, navigating his way the length of the field to score a rare goal by a goalie.
And it pretty much clinched the second seed for Dallas in the upcoming District 2 boys lacrosse playoffs.
Pfeiffer made up for an embarrassing miscue with a goal of his own, Omar Nijmeh scored three consecutive Dallas goals during a key stretch of the first half and the Mountaineers cruised past Crestwood, 15-7 and into a home slot as the District’s No. 2 seed.
“Overall, I think we could have done more things,” Pfeiffer said. “But it was a good win.”
Connor Motley added three goals in the second half and Keith Gillette added two goals and an assist as the Mountaineers turned the game into something to celebrate.
Dallas turned the day into a home date with North Pocono when the District 2 tournament opens Thursday.
And it turned into something to shout about for Pfeiffer.
With the Mountaineers ahead 12-5 late in the third quarter, Pfeiffer gathered an errant shot and took off on a sprint downfield instead of playing for an outlet pass — which is the more routine option for lacrosse goalies.
“I went for a ground ball, saw the ball was there,” said Pfeiffer, who teamed with Corey McAndrew to make four saves on the day for Dallas. “The situation presented itself where I had a couple men to beat and thought I could do it.”
Like the offseason hockey player he is, Pfeiffer showed off a couple slick moves while maneuvering through Crestwood’s defense, then popped his shot into the back of the opposing net — causing him to let loose with a roar of delight. That pretty much iced the game for Dallas, and sent Crestwood into a District 2 opener against Lake-Lehman on Thursday.
“That was fun — his first of the season,” Nijmeh said of his goalie’s score. “That was a big goal.”
It also helped erase Pfeiffer’s big mistake.
With Dallas holding a 6-1 lead in the second quarter, Pfeiffer whiffed on an attempted pass - and watched helplessly as the ball fell into the back of his own cage for an own-goal that pulled Crestwood within 6-2. To make matters worse, Pfeiffer tossed his stick in disgust - and earned a yellow flag that the Comets used to score a goal that brought Crestwood within three goals.
“It happens,” Nijmeh shrugged. “It’s a typical mistake. You just have to keep playing, moving forward.”
“Oh, I was very upset,” Pfeiffer said sheepishly. “I got the ball down, looked at the opposite side of my field, tried to pass and the ball fell off my stick. I didn’t react the best way I could have. But I redeemed myself with my goal.”
By that time, his teammates had already picked Pfeiffer up.
Corey Metz made five assists in the first half, and Nijmeh answered Crestwood’s third score of the opening half with his own third goal - triggering a 6-0 Mountaineers outburst that left Dallas with a 12-3 lead midway through the third quarter.
Nijmeh kicked up his scoring game when it was still a relatively tight game. He hammered home his first goal near the end of the first quarter for a 5-1 Dallas lead, scored the first goal of the second quarter and cut short Crestwood’s second-quarter comeback with a third goal of the half.
“We just really needed to focus on our offense,” Nijmeh said. “We usually have a strong defense. We just needed to get a good jump on them at first.”
“He’s an athletic kid,” Dallas co-coach Chris Hampel said of Nijmeh. “He can take control of a game and let us build up a lead.”
Crestwood 14, Dallas 7
Behind six goals from Daniella Callaghan, and five goals with one assist from Lizzy Dessoye, the Comets earned the win against the Mountaineers on Monday.
Dallas 15, Crestwood 7
CRESTWOOD: Ryan Magin, 1 goal, 1 assist; Robert Coslett, 1 goal, 1 assist; Sam Majbiz 1 goal, 1 assist.
DALLAS: Omar Nijmeh 3 goals, 2 assist; Connor Motley, 3 goals, 2 assists; Keith Gillette, 2 goals, 1 assist; Cory Metz 1 goal, 5 assists; Ryan Cohen, 2 goals.
Crestwood 14, Dallas 7
SCORING — CRE, Daniella Callaghan (6 goals), Lizzy Dessoye (5 goals, 1 assist), Morgan Kile (1 goal), Jasmine Muckle (1 goal, 1 assist), Sarah Wodarczyk (1 goal), Paige Zaleppa (1 assist). DAL, Samantha Delemater (2 goals), Kennedy Straitiff (2 goals), Katie Snedecker (1 goal), Julia Baloh (1 goal), Kelsie Davis (1 goal).
Saves — CRE 9 (Emily Anderson); DAL 11 (Alex Klinges).