York, PA - The Dallastown boys' lacrosse team handled its business Saturday the best way it knows.
The Wildcats dominated.
In a season that produced the team's first undefeated record in league play and first Division I title, the Wildcats added their first YAIAA boys' lacrosse tournament championship by beating West York in a never-really-that-close 10-5 game at Susquehannock.
Sure, the Bulldogs opened the scoring and led 4-3 after a three-goal outburst midway through the second quarter. But that was about it.
The Wildcats (19-1) became too proficient on offense.
And way too stingy on defense.
What else would one expect with a goalkeeper aptly named Trevor Zero?
He finished the game with 12 saves, but many more could be credited to defenders Ryan Conroy, Matt Zimardo and Jake Fleckenstein, who bashed every stick that tried to get in a 10-yard radius of Zero and the goal behind him.
"It was all maturity," senior midfielder Patrick Conroy said. "They are a family back there. They know how to tighten up and get things done. If they are screwing up, they will tell each other what is wrong and improve on it."
After West York's Seth Clauser scored off a midfield turnover with four minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Bulldogs (12-5) didn't score again until 7:31 remained in the game.
"We just weren't getting the looks we wanted," West York coach Dan Quickel said. "They took away Klayton (Garman) and had a great gameplan coming in."
In the meantime, the Wildcats efficiently posted five consecutive goals.
The first two seemed innocent enough, but when Patrick Conroy scored at point-blank range with 5.1 seconds remaining before halftime to make the score 6-4, the game was clearly in the Wildcats' favor.
"(The game is) about momentum," Quickel said.
Once the third quarter began, junior attacker Jake Mitchell scored two of his game-high three goals. He added two assists.
"It's definitely the biggest thing Dallastown has done in lacrosse," Mitchell said of winning the tournament. "Hopefully we did something that we can keep doing for the next couple years."
It was a performance that deserved every second of the celebration that followed. The way the fans stayed on the front of the rail, cheering each player's name as coach Chris Andrews draped a medal around each of their necks.
Andrews hasn't been too familiar with losing this school year. After the freshman football team he coached went undefeated, the lacrosse team carried the streak into league play and never gave it up.
Dallastown's only loss this season was against Cumberland Valley.
The Wildcats dominated defending champion Susquehannock on Thursday, 16-2, to reach the championship game against the Bulldogs.
"It's the personnel we have," Andrews said. "A lot of senior leadership on this team and they have done a phenomenal job of playing as a team."
Tuesday they will begin testing that team chemistry again in District 3 play with a home game against Elizabethtown. West York will open the tournament Tuesday in Ephrata.
Senior Klayton Garman led the Bulldogs with three goals. Seth Clauser had a goal and assist.
Senior midfielder Patrick Conroy had two goals and an assist for Dallastown.
"We've been working on this for years now and to show the county that we can help represent them in districts and keep pushing forward," Patrick Conroy said. "As a program, we have wanted this for so long and to finally get there is huge for our program. We hope to keep on moving from here."
West York -- 2 2 0 1 -- 5
Dallastown -- 3 3 2 2 -- 10
First period -- 1. Klayton Garman, WY, 8:44. 2. Tyler Wise (Jacob Mitchell), DT, 5:40. 3. David Dygert (Patrick Conroy), DT, 4:31. 4. Jacob Mitchell (DT), 2:34. 5. Klayton Garman (Paul Dreyer) WY, 34.5..
Second period -- 6. Seth Clauser, WY, 9.23. 7. Seth Clauser (Hunter Betz), WY, 4:01. 8. Tanner Ierley (Jacob Mitchell), DT, 2.21. 9. Kyle Kunkowski (Joseph Didusch), DT, 1:02. 10. Patrick Conroy, DT, 5.1.
Third period -- 11. Jacob Mitchell (Patrick Conroy), DT, 11:30. 12. Jacob Mitchell, DT, 1:13.
Fourth period -- 13. Klayton Garman (Tanner Gerace), WY, 7:31. 14. Joseph Didusch, DT, 5:27. 15. Patrick Conroy, DT, 2:55. Last game was 11-9.
Shots On Goal -- West York 33, Dallastown 42.
Goalies -- Jordan Lombardo (WY) 12 saves, Trevor Zero (DT) 12 saves.