The Lake-Lehman girls lacrosse team has high-scoring attackers, but also has ways for multiple players to figure in the scoring.The Black Knights have experienced leaders, but still finds room for their talented freshmen to shine.
Added together, those combinations have produced a dominant start by the team that ranks as the top contender to be the first to ever replace Wyoming Seminary as Wyoming Valley Conference or District 2 Class 2A girls lacrosse champions.
The two different phases of Lake-Lehman’s scoring prowess were on display in consecutive games.
Juniors Jess Evans and Kate Roberts reached the 100-goal mark for their careers in the same game April 12 when Lake-Lehman routed Coughlin, 21-2, to remain unbeaten through four WVC matches.
The Black Knights were back at it Monday when they overwhelmed newcomer North Pocono, 25-0, in non-league play, getting goals from 15 different players to improve to 5-1 overall.
“I don’t believe that one or two players can always win a game,” Lake-Lehman coach Ron Strohl said. “They’re good to have in crucial times, but I’m a firm believe that the more sticks you have on the field, the more scoring opportunities that are created.
“When a girl gets an opportunity to score or a play is run the right way and the situation is set up correctly, any of our girls can take it upon themselves to go ahead and score.”
Counting North Pocono, Lake-Lehman has outscored five District 2 opponents, 103-12, scoring at least 15 goals and winning by at least 11 in every game.
Roberts has 21 goals and eight assists while Evans has 20 goals and five assists in those games, but neither is the team’s most productive goal-scorer. That honor goes to senior attacker Alicia Galasso, who had seven of her 22 goals in a 19-4 romp over Abington Heights.
“Alicia, Jess and Kate are our primary scorers, obviously, but there are a lot of other girls who have contributed to that and have helped them get there,” Strohl said.
The established scorers and all-star goalie Grace Butler are among the returnees from last year’s second-place team.
They have received a boost.
“The girls that are back, I’ve had a good majority of them since seventh grade,” Strohl said. “The freshmen that are up, I’ve worked with the last few years with my club team.
“We lost some productivity, but these girls have taken that up and helped the team.”
The play of the newcomers has helped put the leaders in position to score.
Rachel Shook and Ava Radel are freshmen making major contributions at midfield and on the attack.
Maddy Stuart starts on defense as a freshman.
Madison Tereska is a utility player, giving the Black Knights depth and options by showing the ability to play defense, midfield or attack, as needed.
Radel had five goals and Evans four while reaching their milestone against Coughlin.
Led by Radel’s four goals and two assists, they made Monday’s game against North Pocono, the fifth straight in which all three team leaders had at least a hat trick.
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