After a blowout win and a blowout loss to start the season, the Elizabethtown Area High School girls lacrosse team found itself facing one of the better teams in the Lancaster-Lebanon League, followed by a seemingly more manageable game against an opponent who the Lady Bears had lost to last year. While they ended up splitting the win-loss column again, they came out with two very impressive performances nonetheless.
Elizabethtown had a wild game at home on Friday, March 29, against Warwick. The Warriors came out hot, scoring the first five goals of the game, four within the initial five minutes. The Lady Bears responded with four straight of their own before Tanner Armstrong got her fourth goal of the half to put Warwick up 6-4 at the break.
Two goals to start the second half from Elizabethtown, the second by senior Jaide Epler, finally tied the game at 6-6. Warwick answered with two more to take an 8-6 lead. Later, down 9-7, the Lady Bears used goals from junior Kate Weissend, senior Cyrose Conteh and senior Sami Shutt to take their first lead of the afternoon at 10-9 with just under five minutes remaining.
However, Warriors senior Olivia Robinson would come up big in the clutch. She tied the game at 10-10 shortly after the go-ahead Elizabethtown goal, then gave her team an 11-10 lead with just under three minutes left off a free-position goal, one that Warwick would not relinquish.
Armstrong finished the day with a game-high 5 goals for the Warriors. Robinson had 3, with the others coming from Carlie Martin (2 goals) and Amanda Beck (1 goal). Zoe Stauffer notched 7 saves in the net as well.
Conteh and Weissend each had a hat trick to lead Elizabethtown. Shutt scored twice, while Epler (2 assists) and junior Kadey Kreider also had goals. Senior goalkeeper Corrie Baker made 2 saves to reach 300 for her career, breaking the previous program record held by current Delaware Valley College goalie Amanda Dietrich (Class of 2016).
The team returned home to Jane Hoover Field on Monday, April 1, for a game against Penn Manor. This time, the Lady Bears did not hold back, overwhelming the Comets by scoring nine goals in the first half. They spaced out things out more in the second half, tacking on six more to eventually get the 15-0 shutout victory.
Conteh was electric, finishing with a game-high 7 goals. Six of them came from the free position. Weissend chipped in with 5 goals, passing 100 career goals in the process. She’s the fourth player in program history to do so after Kimmy Bucher (Class of 2018), Talia Grynkewicz (Class of 2016) and Sarah Leverentz (Class of 2016).
The other goals came from Shutt, Epler and sophomore Brooke Horst. Weissend and Kreider each had an assist. Baker finished with 7 saves for Elizabethtown, while freshman Cecily Charles had 9 for Penn Manor.
The Lady Bears (2-2) had an away game set for Wednesday, April 3, at Hempfield. They’ll return home for two games against Hershey on Saturday, April 6, and Lampeter-Strasburg on Monday, April 8.