Kennard-Dale girls' lacrosse senior Nicole Black heard the jive from West York's Allee Ilgenfritz after being called for a slashing penalty.
Later, when Ilgenfritz was called for a penalty, Kennard-Dale coach Kelly Wetzel quickly yelled over to Ilgenfritz that even his assistant didn't think she committed the foul. Even considering that foul was on the assistant's own daughter.
It might have been a coincidence the two La Salle recruits were the only two players sent off the field for penalties in Kennard-Dale's 19-5 YAIAA Division II girls' lacrosse win Thursday at West York. By the game's end, the high school rivals and soon-to-be college roommates met just behind that penalty box.
They had taken trips to that box earlier because Black was given a yellow card for her slash on Ilgenfritz. The maneuver prompted Ilgenfritz to shout at Black's father, Ray, who coached them the last two years on the York Invaders travel club.
"Tell your daughter not to kill me," Ilgenfritz shouted at him.
"It was all out of love," Nicole Black said in response.
The lacrosse standouts met two summers ago, when Ilgenfritz joined that Invaders team. They knew of each other before then but easily became friends as teammates. That bond was evident as they led their teams -- Black had four goals and three assists for the Rams (5-1, 2-0), while Ilgenfritz scored three times for her Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1).
This is the second-to-last time they'll meet as opponents. The rematch will come at the end of the month at Kennard-Dale.
By then, the Bulldogs could benefit from the experience they lacked to match the Rams. Ilgenfritz and junior Sara Sweitzer combined for all of West York's offense.
Kennard-Dale was efficient as usual.
Lyndsey Duty opened the Rams' scoring just 38 seconds into the game off a feed from Taylor Davis. Haley Romoser and Black followed with scores before the match was 3 minutes old, and West York had yet to gain possession and advance past midfield. But after Black's goal, Ilgenfritz swiftly changed that by running the length of the field.
With the deficit at 3-1 and then 4-2, the Bulldogs had a chance. The Rams, though, had depth.
Wetzel could only shake his head, smile and laugh about his riches, which include Duty and Morgan Day. Both had four goals and both are just sophomores.
"Every team we play, even when we went out to Kennett and played them," said Wetzel, referring to the only team to beat the Rams, "their coach asks us '(No.) 17's only a sophomore?' And he was shocked."
Duty also had three assists Thursday and has already received college interest for lacrosse and field hockey. In a year or two, she could be in a similar position as Ilgenfritz, who committed to La Salle last June. Or Black, who made her choice in October and immediately texted Ilgenfritz.
The senior friends don't get much time together this spring, aside from their two YAIAA matches. They might train together this summer before heading to La Salle, where they'll see a lot of each other.
Only time will tell if the future roommates will need a penalty box in their dorm.
KENNARD-DALE 19, WEST YORK 5
Kennard-Dale 10 9 -- 19
West York 3 2 -- 5
First Half -- 1. Lyndsey Duty, KD, (Taylor Davis) 24:22, 2. Haley Romoser, KD, (Nicole Black), 23:13. 3. Black, KD, (Duty) 22:51. 4. Allee Ilgenfritz, WY, 22:31. 5. Davis, KD, 21:29. 6. Sara Sweitzer, WY, 20:57. 7. Black, KD, 17:16. 8. Romoser, KD, (Duty) 16:47. 9. Morgan Day, KD, (Black), 14:30. 10. Davis, KD, (Romoser) 11:29. 11. Maggie Biedermann, KD, 9:00. 12. Black, KD, 8:47. 13. Ilgenfritz, WY, 5:23.
Second Half -- 14. Davis, KD, 23:50. 15. Biedermann, KD, (Duty) 15:29. 16. Black, KD, (Day) 12:41. 17. Sweitzer, WY, 12:07. 18. Day, KD, 11:10. 19. Duty, KD, 9:58. 20. Duty, KD, (Black) 8:23. 21. Day, KD, 5:44. 22. Ilgenfritz, WY, (Sweitzer) 4:45. 23. Day, KD, (Danielle Markel) 3:22. 24. Duty, KD, (Davis) 1:00.
Shots --KD 30; WY 10.
Goalies -- KD, Alana Pietra 5 saves; WY, Abby Cox 8, Leah McIntire 5.