The names may have changed for Manheim Township but its goals are still the same.
The Blue Streaks, the reigning L-L League and District Three champions, have virtually an entirely new cast of characters this season but their resolve hasn't wavered. Township wants to defend its titles.
The Streaks took a step in that direction with a 15-10 win over Hempfield in a L-L League boys' lacrosse game Wednesday night. Township wrapped up the regular season with an unblemished L-L record for the second time in as many years.
"It was the first goal we wanted to accomplish this season," MT coach Kyle Wimer said of his team's 12-0 league record. "Now we have to move on to other goals."
The Streaks (14-4 overall) clinched the No. 1 seed in next week's league playoffs while the Black Knights (10-2, 14-4) earned the No. 3 spot.
Township pumped in five unanswered scores in the first quarter. Tyler Karpinski netted the Streaks' first shot before consecutive scores from Dillon O'Dell, who finished with a game-high six goals, gave them a 3-0 lead. Ryan Morgan and Seth Harris added a goal each in the final three minutes of the quarter for MT.
The Knights started the second quarter with a 4-1 scoring run to get within two, 6-4, with 2:07 left until halftime. C.J. Bosch scored twice in the run while Andrew Meier and Hayden Bryan added one. Township answered quickly with scores from Ryan Morgan and Karpinski in the final 1:13 of the half.
"Getting the first goal of the game, and the lead after the first quarter, is always what you want because it hopefully carries over into the second quarter," Wimer explained. "We did a good job of having pressure on offense and defense."
Hempfield was its own worst enemy in the first half in particular, and the game in general, with poor shot selections. The Knights, who outshot Township 37-32, were well off the mark at times while most of their other shots were stopped by Township keepers Alex Ready (8 saves) and Chad Neiss (5 saves).
"Our shot selection was lacking a little bit," Hempfield coach Dave Ondrusek said. "We've been having trouble with that all year but hopefully we'll get it fixed in time for the playoffs."
Township's ride defense, which halted 8 of 27 Hempfield clear attempts in the game, created numerous offensive opportunities in the first half.
"We just had a group of guys on the rides that ran out there hard and fast and played hard," Wimer said.
Three scores to begin the third quarter gave the Streaks an 11-4 lead. Nick Valentino halted Township's scoring run with a goal at 8:10 but Willy Hendrick matched it minutes later to keep MT ahead 12-5 at the end of the third.
Hempfield fought back in the fourth quarter with five scores but never got as close as six points until Matt Senft's goal with one second left in the game.