Trojan lacrosse teams fall to St. Maria Goretti
Chambersburg's girls and boys lacrosse teams hosted St. Maria Goretti on Tuesday night in a season finale for both Trojan teams. The Gaels prevailed in both contests, with the girls winning 18-10 and the boys rallying for a 22-17 victory.
The Trojan boys, who finished 1-16, snapped out for 10 goals in the second quarter - more than they had scored in any full game this season except two - to take a 13-10 lead at halftime.
"We fought back to take the lead at halftime for the first time all year and talked at halftime about finishing off the game," Chambersburg coach Paul Flohr said. "We knew since they as a group haven't done that, would've been a huge building block for them. But we allowed them to take the third quarter and really finish the game off."
Goretti (10-6) outscored the Trojans 7-2 in the third period and 12-4 for the latter half.
For Chambersburg, Haden Ocker scored six goals, Brandin Cosey had four, Cedric Adams three, Zach Smith had two and Riley Ocker, Thomas Elie and Jace Hopple had one each. Riley Ocker had two assists, and Hopple, Adams and Elie had one each.
Flohr said, "It was a long season, but not one that will define who these young men are or where they're going to be in a few years. The seniors handled this season with class and leave knowing they will not be forgotten."
For the Gaels, Quinn Tallant led with eight goals and three assists and Mack Tallant had six goals and four assists. Others leaders were Jason Marinelli (3 goals, 3 assists), Justin Semler (2, 3) and Hunter Effland (3, 1). Sean Sempowski (Chambersburg) had two saves.
In the girls game, Goretti took a 10-6 lead at halftime, then outscored the Trojans 8-4 in the second half.
Chambersburg girls coach Katie Feairheller said, "Micaela Champion had 18 saves to keep us in the game. Madison Schmus, Bea Schellhase, Rachel Dusman and Courtney Kirbvy did a great job working together on defense. They forced a lot of turnovers and marked their cutters tightly. Maggie Nichols, Cameron Stouffer, Mackenzie Miller and Madeline Woolf caused several turnovers on the goalie clears and on the re-defend. Unfortunately, we didn’t always capitalize on those opportunities."
Stouffer led the Trojans (3-12) with five goals, Hannah Raines scored three, Liza Ernst had two goals and an assist and Jordyn Amsley had an assist.
Feairheller said, "Overall the girls played well. This season has been filled with injuries and we have had many girls step up and play in positions that they normally would not play."
For the Gaels (6-4), Claire Murray netted six goals and added four assists and other leaders were Zoe Mutchler (3, 2), Emma Hogan (3 goals), Taylor Blenckstone (2, 1), Emily Abe (2 goals) and Karolina Geben (7 saves).