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WILKES-BARRE — Last year, Coughlin won in the District 2 girls lacrosse tournament for the first time. In the Crusaders’ two district games a season ago, they posted 16 goals before falling in the semifinals.

This season, they are again in the semifinals and will again face Delaware Valley, a 21-6 winner over Pittston Area. But the Crusaders believe they are a more potent No. 3 seed in the tourney this time around.

Coughlin showed Dallas just how potent it can be Wednesday, notching the game’s first three goals in a 17-2 victory in the district quarterfinals.

“It’s nice to have that lead,” Coughlin goalie M’Kensie Lee, who had four saves, said of the early advantage. Her defense made Lee as happy as her offense. “It helped that they didn’t have a lot of shots.”

Hailee Dumont had two of those first three goals, which came in the first 5:47 of play. Dumont was part of a balanced attack that saw four players record hat tricks for the Crusaders — Brigid Wood, Kristi Pearage, Dumont (who also had an assist) and Kyra Castano (who had four goals).

Leading the way, usually with set-ups coming from behind the net, was Kaitlyn Lukashewski. The junior had four assists to go along with a goal.

“It was nice. We’re trying to get them to pass and work more assists into our game,” Coughlin coach Colleen Wood said. “Our scoring evened out. That in itself shows they really worked as a team.”

After a long rush and deft dodge by Katie Kapral put Dallas on the board in the 10th minute, Coughlin took charge of the action. The Crusaders netted the next 14 goals, executing their offensive chances and stretching the Mountaineers defense with long passes.

Among the highlight reel tallies were one by Castano, who went on a 60-yard jaunt before running into a wall of Dallas defenders. She bounced off the wall, spun and shot for Coughlin’s seventh goal. Sarah Zbierski started the play on defense with a steal and pass ahead to her senior classmate.

In the second half, it was Kelsey Gabriele who went coast-to-coast for a goal, taking an outlet pass from Lee.

Dallas did finish strong, posting the last goal and keeping Coughlin off the scoreboard for the final seven minutes. Alex Klinges made 16 saves, including an impressive three-save combination on Crusader restarts in their attack area.

The 17 goals are a Coughlin playoff record. Only Wyoming Seminary (three times) and Delaware Valley (twice) have scored more goals in one district playoff game.


Wyoming Seminary 19, Scranton Prep 5

The Blue Knights were led by three goals each from Alexis Quick and Gabby Grossman in the win over the Classics in the Diistrict 2 quarterfinals.

Scranton Prep earned its way into the game with a 7-6 win against Tunkhannock on Tuesday.

Delaware Valley 21, Pittston Area 6

The Warriors were led by five goals and three assists from Dana Hunt, while Gianna Pampalone added three goals and three assists in the win over the Patriots in the District 2 quaterfinals.

Haley Norwillo and Sara Ruby scored three goals each for Pittston Area.

Delaware Valley will host Coughlin in the semifnals at 5 p.m. on Monday.

Crestwood 13, Lake-Lehman 6

Led by seven goals and one assist from Lizzy Dessoye, the Comets earned the win over the Black Knights.

Daniella Callaghan added five goals and one assist to the victory while the effort for Lake-Lehman was led by three goals and one assist from Katie Struhl.

Crestwood will play at Wyoming Seminary in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.


Coughlin 17, Dallas 2



SCORING — DAL, Katie Kapral (1g); Kelsie Davis (1g). COU, Hailee Dumont (3g, 1a); Kelsey Gabriele (2g, 1a); Kaitlyn Lukashewski (1g, 4a); Brigid Wood (3g); Kyra Castano (4g); Kristi Pearage (3g); Makayla Slavish (1g).

Saves — DAL 18 (Alex Klinges 16, Kathleen Brown 2); COU 4 (M’Kensie Lee).

Wyoming Seminary 19, Scranton Prep 5

Scranton Prep`3`2`—`5

Wyoming Seminary`13`6`—`19

SCORING — SP, C. Kopicki (4 goals); C. Kaffka (1 goal). SEM, Madison Sweitzer (2 goals), Madison Dowd (2 goals), Molly Turner (1 assist), Corinne Conyngham (2 goals), Alexis Quick (3 goals), Gabby Grossman (3 goals), Rebecca Schulman (2 goals), Isabella Cordaro (2 goals), Kate Romanowski (1 goal), Grace Leahy (1 goal), Jacqui Meauser (1 goal).

Saves — SP 8 (A. Jackson); SEM 4 (Kaelly Gavin, Sarah Schulman).

Delaware Valley 21, Pittston Area 6

Pittston Area`1`5`—`6

Delaware Valley`14`7`—`21

SCORING — PIT, Haley Norwillo (3 goals), Sara Ruby (3 goals). DV, Dana Hunt (5 goals, 3 assist), Gianna Pampalone (3 goals, 3 assists), Emily Peters (3 goals), Kyra Boccio (3 goals), Aly Haydu (2 goals, 2 assist), Kiersten Nelson (1 goal), Baylee Roeder (1goal), Elise Sasse (1 goal, 1 assist), Jenn Janovsky (1 goal), Maecy Chlebowski (1 goal), Sam Lutcza (1 goal).

Saves — PIT 17 (Nicole Waters, Bianca Concert); DV 4 (Karen Cooper).

Crestwood 13, Lake-Lehman 7



SCORING — CRE, Daniella Callaghan (5 goals, 1 assist), Lizzy Dessoye (7 goals, 1 assist), Morgan Kile (1 goal, 1 assist), Steph Distasio (1 assist). LL, Katie Struhl (3 goals, 1 assist), Hannah Stull (3 assist), Mallory Wilson (1 goal), Alysa Adams (1 goal), Rachel Pilch (1 goal), Taylor Alba (1 goal).

Saves — CRE 5 (Emily Anderson); LL 18 (Mackenzie Borum).

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