York Catholic snaps Kennard-Dale streak
With 2:41 to play in overtime, the streak came to an end.
York Catholic's Anna Linthicum found the back of the net just 19 seconds into the extra session to give the Irish a 9-8 win over Kennard-Dale in a tightly-contested girls' lacrosse game on Tuesday night.
"It's incredible. All day we all had this feeling that we could do it," Anna Linthicum said. "All season we have been working our butts off and have been playing as a team better than we ever have."
That streak that ended? The Rams (11-1, 6-1) hadn't been defeated in the regular season by a YAIAA opponent since 2011.
"Today they were better than us," Kennard-Dale head coach Kelly Wetzel said. "We said on paper York Catholic returned 10 starters from last year. On paper they should be the dominate ones. I lost two NCAA Division I (recruits) and a Division II (recruit). I graduated three top players and we are still right there. We are a young team and we have a ways to go yet, but we haven't peaked."
Anna Linthicum scored three goals and had an assist and she scored three of the final four Irish (12-0, 9-0) points. Her last goal will be one the junior remembers forever.
"We didnt want to force it. We had a plan to work it around the cage and work it around," she said. "It's a great feeling. I've known the Kennard-Dale girls' forever. We knew that we just needed to play our best."
In a game with so much offensive firepower present on the field, it was the defenses that stood tall for both teams, resulting in six ties.
Irish keeper Kirsten Lake finished with nine saves.
"She's really come on strong lately," Irish head coach Rob Linthicum said. "She came up huge. I think the defenses (win out) when the draw controls and loose ball possessions are trading."
Clare Boone came up with eight saves for the Rams, including one with less than 10 seconds to play in regulation to force overtime.
"Our defense played pretty well," Wetzel said. "They kept us in it."
K-D was led by Emmie Dressel's four goals and Hannah Bracey finished with a hat trick.
Anna Linthicum was the lone York Catholic player with multiple goals as six other girls scored a single goal.