With one well-placed shot by Lynea Gregory – and 14 saves by goalie Alicia Galasso – Lake-Lehman accomplished multiple field hockey goals Wednesday.
The Black Knights used a 1-0 road win over unbeaten Holy Redeemer at Hollenback Park in Wilkes-Barre to return to the District 2 Class A championship game, clinch a fourth straight state tournament appearance and hand coach Jean Lipski her 500th career victory.
“We definitely wanted to win because now as seniors we’ve made it do districts and states four years in a row,” said Gregory, a senior who plays cover, a defensive midfield position, for Lake-Lehman. “Going into the game, we knew that we had to win to give her that 500th win.
“The seniors took control of it. We told the underclassmen it was very important for her. It was a special moment.”
Gregory, Galasso, Makayla Adams and Izzy Radel have been a big part of the success through the four-year run while fellow senior Madison Klopp has joined in as their careers progressed.
“I’m so proud of these girls,” Lipski, who received flowers, a plaque and a card from her team after the win, told the Times Leader. “They have come so far. They made all this happen.”
They have done so by shutout nine straight times, including two straight 1-0 wins to open the playoffs.
In a meeting between teams that went to last year’s Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association semifinals, Lake-Lehman needed a big day from Galasso to keep the scoreless streak going against the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champions.
The Black Knights earned another shot at the WVC’s other undefeated division champions, Wyoming Seminary, in Tuesday’s championship game when Gregory found a way to break a tie.
Gregory received the insert from Kate Roberts midway through the second half, made a quick move to avert Holy Redeemer’s flyer on the penalty corner and come up shooting.
“The flyer came out and pressured me,” Gregory said. “I put it between her legs, then just took a straight shot and it bounced right in.”
From there, the Black Knights held on for another 14:58 before celebrating the latest accomplishment in Lipski’s career, which began in 1982 and includes state championships in 1996 and 2002.
“She’s very positive on and off the field,” Gregory said. “ … We’re family.
“She treats us like we’re her own and we just really connect with her well.”
Emily Farrell’s goal on a penalty stroke with 11:23 remaining Tuesday lifted Dallas into the District 2 Class 2A semifinals.
The win was the fifth straight and the ninth in the last 10 games for the Mountaineers.
After Honesdale went ahead in the first half on the only shot the Dallas defense yielded, Sam Banks made a steal and scored to tie the game before halftime.
Wyoming Area 0
The defense of Lynea Gregory, Emma Hoats, Mackenzie Kasinski and Hunter Kline held Wyoming Area to a single shot while posting its eight straight shutout in the Class A quarterfinals Monday.
Madison Klopp scored the game’s only goal, on an assist from Makayla Adams, late in the first half.
Dallas recovered from a loss in a playoff for the WVC Division 1 title, to open its district tournament with Wednesday night’s 1-0 Class 3A quarterfinal victory over visiting Tunkhannock.
Ricky Wooditch scored the game’s only goal 43 seconds before halftime.
“Sometimes the ball doesn’t go in and I’m a nervous wreck, but we played OK,” Dallas coach Chris Scharff told the Times Leader.
Zack Kalna started what proved to be the winning play by intercepting a Tunkhannock pass. Kalna sent the ball across the field to Alex Solano, who wound up crossing it to Wooditch for the goal.
Dallas led 26-10 in shots and 10-2 in corner kicks.
Kyle Greenwood made six saves in the shutout.
Matt Goodwin had 13 saves for Tunkhannock.
North Pocono 2
Eddie Melan had a goal and three assists to lead Tunkhannock in Monday’s Class 3A first-round game.
Billy Prebola added a goal and an assist.
Zack Dieck scored four goals to lead Montrose to the win in Monday’s Class 2A opening round.
Wallenpaupack eliminated Tunkhannock in Tuesday’s Class 3A first-round game.
Dallas, in Class 3A, and Lake-Lehman, in Class 2A, each had byes into the quarterfinals, which were scheduled for Thursday.
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