It took Manheim Township 25 minutes to score three goals in the first half Wednesday night, but the second half was a different story.
The Blue Streaks pumped in nine straight goals to start the final period en route to a 16-5 win over Penn Manor in an L-L League Section One Girls' Lacrosse game in Millersville.
"Sometimes we can get in our own heads," explained MT senior Megan Pinkerton, who netted consecutive goals to start the second half. "We try too hard sometimes.
"We just had more fun in the second half and played our game."
The Streaks (6-0 L-L, 7-0 overall) found themselves down early in the game courtesy of an Eryn McCoy free-position score. Township responded with three straight scores - two from Molly Hendrick and one from Devon Schneider - to lead 3-1 with a 1:34 left in the half.
McCoy struck again from the eight-meter arc to get the Comets (4-2, 4-3) within one, 3-2, at halftime. Penn Manor goalie Lauren Ali recorded four of her six saves in the opening period and helped her team clear the ball five times.
"We were getting draws and that gave us possession on offense," PM coach Kim Marsh said. "Our pressure on defense was very good too."
Township coach Mark Pinkerton agreed.
"We shot poorly in the first half and that's a credit to Penn Manor," he said. "We were pressured a bit and we panicked."
What kept the Comets from gaining the lead in the first was the play of Streaks goalie Shannon Nee. Nee stopped five shots, including three free-position attempts.
"Anytime you stop a free-position (shot) it's great," Mark Pinkerton said. "Without our offense working we needed those saves."
After Pinkerton's two scores to start the final half, she found Hendrick for another to give the Streaks a 6-2 lead with 22:17 left in the game.
"Getting the first few goals got everyone pumped." said Megan Pinkerton. "We needed to make the gap bigger and we did."
Schneider found the back of the net three straight times to push the lead to 9-2 before Pinkerton, Toni Yuko and Hendrick scored one each to give the Streaks a 12-2 advantage with 10:42 left in the game.
Miranda Kemrer found Emily Eddowes for a score to stop Township's run and McKenna Edwards buried a shot for the Comets to make it 12-4 with 7:11 left in the game.
Township responded with four straight goals over the next three minutes to take a 16-4 lead. Hendrick scored twice in the run while Pinkerton and Yuko added one each. Penn Manor added a late score when McCoy scored with two seconds left in the game.
"They're so effective on attack," Marsh said of Township. "Very rarely do you see them drop a ball and we were always two steps behind them."
Note: The win was the 38th in a row for the Streaks in the L-L League. Their last league loss was against Penn Manor in the 2009 L-L finals.