Cocalico's girls' lacrosse team wants to do two things on offense:
Stay balanced and be unselfish.
Both were on display Thursday afternoon when the Eagles handled Lampeter-Strasburg, 22-6, in an L-L League Section Two game. Cocalico received scores from six different players while 16 of its 22 goals were assisted.
"That's been something we really want to do this year," Eagles coach Mary Beth Cardin explained. "They've really worked hard in practice to move the ball around and to make everyone a scoring threat."
Cocalico, which remained perfect this season at 6-0, jumped out to an early 5-0 lead. Kari Longstaff scored three of those goals while Avery Longstaff and Courtney Forry each added one.
Maddie Long put the Pioneers (3-3 L-L League, 4-3 overall) on the board with a shot at 17:14 before Kari Longstaff answered it. A pair of Bridget Hufnagel goals for L-S sandwiched another Kari Longstaff goal to make it 7-3 with 8:35 left in the first half.
The Eagles finished the half with a 5-1 run to lead 12-4 at halftime. Kayli Lescoe scored twice while Avery Longstaff, Courtney Gensemer and Brooke Fritz each added one.
"This year we're trying to play a new style which is to be more patient," L-S first-year coach Shanna Muscavage said. "Last year they did a lot of run-and-gun and when there's adversity they revert back to that. We did that today."
After Katie Costanza and Hufnagel traded goals to start the second half the Eagles went on an 8-0 run to lead 21-5 with 7:50 left in the game. Avery Longstaff scored three times in the run, Kari Longstaff and Courtney Forry each scored twice and Gensemer netted a shot.
Cocalico controlled the tempo of the game by winning 24 of 30 draws and converting nine of 10 clear attempts.
"The draw was huge," Cardin explained. "You control the draw, you control the game."
"It's just fundamentals," Muscavage said of her team's inability to control draws. "It's usually a 50/50 ball and you have to want to get the ball."
The Pioneers will need to rebound quickly after Thursday's setback. L-S faces Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic, which beat them 22-8 last week, Tuesday in what could decide the No. 2 team in Section Two and the league playoff berth that goes with it.
"Despite this game, I still think we're heading in the right direction," said Muscavage. "We've gotten better in every game and hopefully we can gather all those pieces and put it together if we make the playoffs."
Cocalico, the reigning Section Two champs and District Three runner-up, hopes at the very least to repeat those feats and the Eagles feel the chemistry is right to achieve that.
"They have good chemistry this year," Cardin said of her team. "They don't get on each other if there's constructive criticism. That's invaluable."