MILLERSVILLE >> It took overtime, but in the end the No. 13 Susquehannock lived up to its seeding.
Senior Camryn Burk netted the game-winner 1:06 into the extra session as the No. 13 Warriors defeated No. 20 Lancaster Mennonite by a 2-1 final in Saturday's preliminary round of the District 3 Class AA field hockey tournament played at Penn Manor High School.
"It was a lucky shot," Burk said after her sweep actually arced over the Blazer's goalkeeper, "but I was happy."
The win advances the Warriors into next Wednesday's battle versus No. 4 Manheim Central, scheduled for 5 p.m. at Warwick High School. To get there, however, Susquehannock (15-3) first had to dispatch the pesky Blazers (9-9).
"We knew they were going to be a pretty good team and they were," Burk said. "We worked even harder during practice yesterday because we knew it wasn't going to be an easy game."
"If we could play short-sided every game it would be great," said Warriors head coach Sharon McLaughlin regarding the seven-on-seven sudden-death overtime period. "I would put those seven against anybody. If we can get to a seven-sided game we usually do pretty well."
After a scoreless first half, a sequence of short passes led to the ice-breaker by Susquehannock.
Sweeper Brooke Morris passed to Burk from the midfield and into the offensive zone. Burk then found Riley Roeder at the top of the circle, whose well-struck ball was tipped-in by Emily Houska 12:06 into the half.
"We tend to use short, little passes and continuously move it," McLaughlin said. "When everybody is working in sync with each other it goes really smoothly and it looks really nice."
Mennonite responded with a four-corner flurry, only to be denied by Susquehannock goalkeeper Kristi Langhans (10 saves).
Two minutes later, however, Mennonite's Mackenzie Brubaker took a shot at the top of the circle and the ball rebounded to Paige Keener for the equalizer with 10:34 remaining.
"We kept hitting our feet, so we need to clean that up," McLaughlin said of what led to the Blazers' rally. "That's our basic skills not being strong enough. They're capable of it, I see it all the time, but today we had some issues keeping that stick down on the ground."
Burk also mentioned the need to improve on basic skills, especially going into Wednesday's contest.
"We're going to have to work harder," said the senior captain, "because we're going to play an even better team next time."
Second half: 1. Sus, Emily Houska (R. Roeder), 12:06. 2. LM, P. Keener, 19:26.
Overtime: 3. Sus, Camryn Burk, 1:06.
Shots on goal: LM 11, Sus 8.
Corners: LM 11. Sus 3.
Goalies: LM, M. Peck (6 saves). Sus, K. Langhans (10 saves).