Game of the night
Cedar Crest girls lacrosse 12, Red Lion 7
Their season's goal and motto are the exact same: get tough.
But after Thursday night, these Falcons may needed to reassess. Just ask the Lions, recent Cedar Crest visitors, who were not only out-played but out-toughed in their shared home opener.
Down 3-0 in a matter of minutes, Cedar Crest stormed back to outscore visiting Red Lion by eight over the remainder of its 2016 debut. Junior Abbey Castor led all Falcons with four goals, two netted in each half, while fellow junior Riley Blatt recorded the lone other Cedar Crest hat trick.
"In the past we've been more of a second-half team, but the focus this year for the girls was to take control right away," Falcons coach Emma Lebo said. "And when we got down early, the girls didn't let it get in their heads, they regrouped.
"We have an awesome group of leaders this year, who took control and said let's get back in this. And then people started scoring."
Player of the night
Lexie Eberly, Cedar Crest senior
Eberly was charged with locking down Red Lion star Alyssa Adams, a Cincinnati women's lacrosse commit, who finished Thursday's showdown with just one score. Meanwhile, Eberly collected two goals of her own, as the Falcons dominated at both ends after intermission. She's returned with Sydney Laicha, Emma Peeler and Margaret Zug to lead a staunch Cedar Crest defense this spring.
Cedar Crest 7, Warwick 0
Big days from Nick Tull and Jackson Muraika led the Falcons in a shutout of the Warriors Thursday. Tull took the No. 1 singles match with Nate Deimler, 6-1, 6-0, while Muraika defeated Cameron Moody by the same score. Tull and Muraika also won their doubles match, 8-0, against Deimler and Conner Croll.
Annville-Cleona 5, Tulpehocken 2
A dominant singles showing gave the Little Dutchmen a non-conference win. Julian DeReyes-Kapp led his team by winning 6-2, 6-4, over Sean Pacilio in No. 1 singles. Collin Meyers followed with a hard-fought win over Derek Yenser 7-6, 6-4, in No. 2 singles.
Manheim Township 7, Lebanon 0
It was a tough day for the Cedars,who were blanked by the Blue Streaks. The Cedars dropped all their singles matches, 6-0, 6-0.
Lampeter-Strasburg 7, Northern Lebanon 0
The Vikings suffered a similar fate on the road, dropping their match with the Pioneers more than an hour from home.
Cedar Crest 3, Lebanon 0
A dominant first set helped the Falcons take control over the Cedars in a rivalry shutout. Cedar Crest took the first set, 25-14. The Falcons then claimed a better contested second set, 25-20, before finishing off the win in a 25-18 victory in the third set.
Palmyra 3, West York 0
The Cougars never let up, beginning with a 25-10 first set, a 25-14 victory in the second and then a closing 25-20 effort in the third.