Central makes amends, tops Suburban
Here are some of the area's top players entering the 2017 season. Teddy Feinberg, GameTimePA.com
It's been said that some losses stick with players and coaches more than wins, and for Central York lacrosse player Kollin Vaught, one defeat from last year definitely stands out.
It was a one goal loss to York Suburban. One of only three divisional losses for the Panthers a season ago.
On a chilly Thursday night, almost a year later on the same field, the visiting Panthers got the redemption they seeked behind a solid 9-7 win over the Trojans.
"It's been stuck in my head ever since. After that game it was drilled in my head until we played them next year," Vaught said of last year's 15-14 loss. "Games like that one (last year) you cant forget."
On Thursday, the Panthers (3-0) broke a 3-all tie in the second period to jump out to a 7-3 halftime lead.
Suburban jumped back into the game and closed to within 7-5 with 7:37 to play in the third period.
"It was two different times we lost on this field last year," Panthers head coach Tom Mayne said of last year's defeat to Suburban and a district playoff loss at Suburban. "So, we wanted to get a win on this field and put that behind them."
The Panthers closed out the win with a TJ Ross goal with 1:18 to play to make it a 9-6 game.
Matt LeCates closed out the scoring for Suburban, but it was too little, too late for the home team.
Central was led by Ross' three goals and two assists. Ryan Fahs and Connor Hoch each added two goals apiece.
Suburban was led by John Geary's four goals and Dominic Corto's three assists. Suburban goalie Blake Wallace made 14 saves.
"John was waiting in the wings last year," Suburban head coach Luke Beam said. "He was ready to find points. We knew he could rip it and his shot was falling. It was nice to see him find his range a little bit."