Tuesday produced a pair of firsts for the South Western girls' lacrosse team.

The Mustangs truly hosted their first District 3 tournament game after poor weather forced them to play "home" games at Susquehannock and Spring Grove the last two seasons.

More important: Tuesday was their first district tournament win, a 13-7 victory against West York.

"When it started sprinkling, I said, 'Oh, it's too late now. At least we know we're going to play at home,' Mustangs coach Jim Copenhaver said. "It's really an advantage to make another team get on a bus and drive to you. We were very focused and ready to play tonight."

He remembered the two teams' regular-season game, which South Western won, 14-13, on the road. The Mustangs led by three with less than five minutes remaining before nearly blowing the lead. They scored just two of the final seven goals.

Copenhaver believed his team played sloppily in the first game, especially when passing. Early on Tuesday, he noticed a difference in how the No. 3 Mustangs (17-2) played.

The No. 14 Bulldogs (11-6) scored first, but the Mustangs produced the next eight goals for an 8-1 lead with slightly less than eight minutes remaining in the first half. He credited the difference to handling the ball better and performing better on draw controls.

"I think we played more like a team," said the Mustangs' Callie Kavanaugh, who finished with four goals and one assist for five points. "We worked together. We got the draw. We caught passes. We did what we needed to do."

Part of that included passing to Alyx May, who, towering over West York goalkeeper Abby Cox, used her height advantage to score three times. Mustangs goalkeeper Laura Silver had nine saves.

The Bulldogs scored two of the first three goals exiting halftime to pull within 10-5 but couldn't mount a sustained run.

West York's Sara Sweitzer scored four times and added an assist for a team-high five points. Teammate Allee Ilgenfritz had two goals, and Cox finished with nine saves.

The Mustangs advance to Thursday's quarterfinal game against No. 6 Penn Manor (16-5), which beat No. 11 Governor Mifflin 13-10 on Tuesday. The game is at 6 p.m. at Central York High School.

Copenhaver watched Penn Manor during the Lancaster-Lebanon tournament.

"They have a few good players," he said. "All their kids can catch and throw. It'll be a good matchup."

  
SOUTH WESTERN 13, WEST YORK 7
West York   3  4 -- 7
South Western   9  4 -- 13
   West York goals -- Gina Welch, Sara Sweitzer (4), Allee Ilgenfritz (2).
   West York assists -- Sweitzer.
   South Western goals -- Erin Brown, Braxtin Reddinger, Sydney Szparaga (2), Lauren Schmidt (2), Callie Kavanaugh (4), Alyx May (3).
   South Western assists -- Brown, Jessica Kopenhaver (2), Reddinger, Szparaga, Kavanaugh.
   Shots -- West York 19; South Western 29.
   Goalies -- WY, Abby Cox, 9 saves, Leah Mcintire, 1 save; SW, Laura Silver, 9 saves.