The early part of the season has been difficult for the Elizabethtown Area High School girls lacrosse team. The Lady Bears had five losses in their first seven games, four of them to teams that are likely to compete for the District 3 title in their respective classes. They were able to pick up a couple of huge victories during their recent stretch of games, however, before falling to two more talented opponents.
The Lady Bears went on the road for a non-league game at Berks Catholic on Wednesday, April 10. The game was a wild one, with both sides trading goals throughout the first half. The Saints were able to go up 6-5 before the break, however, later opening the second half with three straight goals.
Elizabethtown did not fade away, however, storming back with a 5-0 run to take a 10-9 lead. Berks Catholic went back up shortly thereafter, holding a 12-11 advantage with around eight minutes remaining. The Lady Bears responded with three straight goals, eventually escaping with a 14-13 upset in spite of a late Saints goal.
Senior Cyrose Conteh tied for the game-high with 5 goals. She also notched an assist, which put her over 100 points for her high school career. Senior Jaide Epler had 4 goals, while junior Kate Weissend had 3. They each had an assist as well. The other two goals came from senior Marena Lonardi. Senior goalkeeper Corrie Baker finished with 10 saves.
Sophomore Peyton Goodrich led Berks Catholic with 5 goals, while senior Katie Cressman had 4. Sophomore Olivia Chiarelli led all players with 2 assists. Freshman Guiliana Ditsky made 6 saves in the net.
The team hosted Cedar Crest amidst a rainstorm on Friday, April 12. Like the previous outing, it was a back and forth game in the first half, with neither team leading by more than two goals. Conteh scored the first six goals of the game for the Lady Bears, and Weissend followed that up with three straight to end the half and give Elizabethtown a 9-8 advantage at halftime.
Weissend had a fourth goal to start the second half before the Falcons tied it back up at 10-10. From there, however, it was all Lady Bears, who went on an 11-0 run to end the game and get a dominating 21-10 victory.
Conteh had a career-high 11 goals, passing 100 career goals in the process. It was the highest single-game total for any Lancaster-Lebanon League player this season. Weissend added 5 goals, while Lonardi had a hat trick with 3. Epler and sophomore Brooke Horst also scored. Baker stopped 9 shots at goalie.
Senior Hanna Lewis scored half of Cedar Crest’s goals, finishing with 5 on the night. Senior Kenzie Thomas had 5 saves.
Elizabethtown had another away game at Central Dauphin on Monday, April 15. The Rams held the Lady Bears to just 4 goals in the first half, scoring 7 themselves. Elizabethtown had several comeback attempts in the second half, putting up 7 goals, but Central Dauphin responded at every turn, eventually winning 15-11.
The Rams saw seven players score, with senior Skyler Oken scoring a game-high 6 goals to carry the team. Senior Erin Zieber put up a hat trick, while senior Marley Kostelac had 2 goals and 4 assists. Senior goalie Caroline Reichelderfer made 4 saves.
Weissend led Elizabethtown with 5 goals. Conteh wasn’t far behind with 4, while Epler and junior Morgan Miller also scored. Junior Abbi Dehmey had 2 assists as well. Baker finished with 5 saves.
Finally, the Lady Bears went back to Jane Hoover Field on Monday, April 16, to face Cocalico. They managed to hold the opposition’s offense in check during the first half. The Eagles had 6 goals overall, with all but one of them coming from the free position or off a fastbreak. However, Elizabethtown’s scoring attack was stifled at every turn, failing to get on the board before the break.
After a goal from senior Adeline Landis to put Cocalico up 7-0 early in the second half, Conteh finally found the net for the Lady Bears near the midway mark. The Eagles quickly answered with goals from junior Claire Eberly and senior Katie Heck.
Conteh scored again shortly thereafter, but Eberly and Heck again teamed up to provide a response for Cocalico. Following a third Conteh goal, Eberly added three more goals down the stretch to eventually give the Eagles a 14-3 win. She led all players with 9 goals overall.
Heck added 3 goals and 2 assists for Cocalico. Sophomore goalkeeper Alayna Trynosky was clutch as well, making 5 saves. Baker had 7 for Elizabethtown.
With a record of 4-7 on the year, the Lady Bears are set to go to Conestoga Valley on Thursday, April 18.