LEHMAN TWP. – Lake-Lehman shook off a slow start while turning its first District 2 boys lacrosse home playoff game in five years into just the second playoff win in program history.
Charlie Kuschke scored four goals and assisted on another Monday when the Black Knights defeated Lakeland, 14-4, to advance to the Class 2A quarterfinals.
“It was nice to see our hard work rewarded like this,” Lake-Lehman coach Chris Hampel said.
Lake-Lehman came in just 1-6 all-time in district playoffs. It had dropped five straight since beating Tunkhannock, 6-1, in the 2012 quarterfinals and had been outscored 76-15 during the streak.
The Black Knights struggled against the Chiefs, a first-year program, until breaking a 2-2 tie in the final minute of the first quarter.
Kuschke’s second goal, with 16 seconds left in the quarter, started a streak of six straight goals by the Black Knights that extended into the third quarter.
“They changed the way they were playing defense and we were able to take advantage of that,” Hampel said. “We were able to create some one-on-one situations.”
Owen Bullock had two goals and two assists. Christian Diana and Vince Ferrari each had two goals and one assist.
Luke Yaple made nine saves in goal through three quarters, then moved to the field in the fourth to score twice.
Coughlin edged host Tunkhannock, 12-10, in a Class 2A preliminary round game Wednesday.
Wyoming Seminary’s Michael and Andrew Kim, twin brothers from Dallas, made it through Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A doubles competition with three wins to reach the tournament semifinals.
Tunkhannock’s Avery Newhart posted wins in both the Class 2A singles and doubles tournaments before being eliminated.
Newhart and Lucas Straley teamed to defeat Alex DeRome and Matt Dillon from Dallas, 7-5, 6-3, in Wednesday’s opening round at Kirby Park.
John Toussaint from Dallas joined Newhart as a first-round singles winner May 11.
Touassaint pulled out a 6-0, 3-6, 7-5 win over Dunmore’s Alex Riccio before falling to top-seed and eventual champion Tarquin McGurrin from Scranton Prep.
Mark Roginski and Straley from Dallas each lost in their first match.
Toussaint-Roginski and Tunkhannock’s Alex Greenip-Alex Davis each lost in the first round of doubles.