Dallas’ Cory Metz scores game-winning goal in Wyoming Valley Lacrosse Officials Association Boys Senior All-Star Game

By Tom Robinson - For Dallas Post | June 1st, 2016 6:09 pm

By Tom Robinson

For Dallas Post


Cory Metz scored six goals, including the game-winner late in regulation, Monday to lift the Blue over the White, 11-10, in the boys half of the Wyoming Valley Lacrosse Officials Association Senior All-Star Games at Scranton Prep’s Loyola Field.

The girls played the opening game of the doubleheader.

Dallas was one of two teams, joining Crestwood, to have players on both teams for the boys game.

Lake-Lehman had players on the Blue team although Black Knights coach Chris Hampel joined Wyoming Area’s Shaun Rohland in coaching the White team. Tunkhannock had players on the White.

Connor Motley, also from Dallas, added three goals and an assist in the win while teammate Keith Gillette made seven saves in goal for the Blue.

Lake-Lehman’s Chad Grzesnkowski had a goal and two assists.

Brendan Balara from Dallas and Hank Zielinski from Lake-Lehman also played for the winning Blue team.

Conor Macarty from Dallas had two goals and an assist for the White team, which also included Josh Flaherty from Tunkhannock.

Following the game being decided in regulation, the teams still played a Braveheart one-on-one overtime to conclude the day’s activities.

Girls game

Dallas and Tunkhannock players made up the West team in the girls all-star opener, which was won by the East, 13-7.

Katie Kapral from Dallas led the team with three goals, teammate Kyleigh Kravits had a goal and Kathleen Brown made five saves. Julia Baloh and Michaela O’Connell were also in the game.

Gracie Franko, Savannah Gleason and Rachel Miroslaw scored goals and Haley Toczko also represented Tunkhannock.

Boys all-stars

The Wyoming Valley Conference coaches named Lake-Lehman’s Chris Hampel as their Coach of the Year while also making all-star selections.

Metz, a senior attack, represented Dallas on the first team along with freshman defender Christian Motley and junior defensive midfielder Mike Santora.

Motley, another attack, and Macarty, a defender, were both second-team selections from Dallas.

Juniors Charlie Kuschke from Lake-Lehman and Damon Williams from Tunkhannock made the second team as midfielders.

The honorable mention list included: Tunkhannock senior attack Sean Andres, Dallas junior midfielder Stone Mannello, Dallas senior long stick midfielder Keith Gillette, Lake-Lehman senior defender Hank Zielinski, Tunkhannock senior defender Josh Flaherty, Dallas junior defensive midfielder Ron Ostroski and Dallas junior goalie Corey McAndrew.

Championship sweep

Several Back Mountain players, including a group of defensive starters, helped Wyoming Seminary go unbeaten in the WVC and win its sixth straight District 2 girls title.

Freshman Mia Raineri, who has started in goal all season, made 12 saves in the 13-4 district final win over Coughlin.

Katherine Paglia, a senior from Shavertown, leads a defense that also often includes Avery Conyngham, a junior from Shavertown, and Kaitlyn Metz, a sophomore from Shavertown.

Gabby Grossman, a senior from Shavertown, starts on the attack. She had a goal and an assist in the district final.

Carly Clemente, a junior attack/midfielder, had an assist against Coughlin.

Sophomore attack/midfielder Olivia Meuser and junior Genevieve Nardone are also on the Blue Knights.

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