Wednesday’s District 3-3A girls lacrosse championship game is set. Top-seeded Manheim Township (18-3) will square off with No. 3 Exeter (18-3) at 5 p.m. at Central Dauphin Middle School on Landis Field inside Speed Ebersole Stadium.
Here’s some notes on both teams heading into the district title clash...
Manheim Township topped Exeter in the regular season, 14-9, back on April 10. ...These two teams have only met once prior in the district playoffs, a 19-10 Manheim Township win in the 2017 District 3-3A semifinals.
L-L League regular season and tournament champion Manheim Township is in the district title game for the 10th time in 11 years, in search of the program’s ninth district championship. The Streaks have previously won six district titles under ninth-year coach Mark Pinkerton, who enters with a 142-33 career win-loss record.
The Streaks are averaging 17.3 goals a game, led by seniors Lucy Svetec (68 goals, 25 assists) and Ashlyn Campagna (30 goals, eight assists), juniors Taylor Kopan (66 goals, 38 assists) and Shannon Elias (34 goals, 20 assists), and sophomores Megan Rice (62 goals, 45 assists) and Ariana Baublitz (28 goals, four assists). Manheim Township has assisted on 153 of 364 goals, or 42 percent of its scores. Athletic sophomore goalkeeper Gail Wilkes (99 saves) backs a defense holding opponents to 7.6 goals a game, helped by junior defenders Abby Laubach, Jackie Schonman and Sophia Rockwell and sophomore defender Emma Hagg.
Svetec and Campagna are the only two seniors on the Manheim Township roster. Svetec is a NCAA Division I University of Pennsylvania recruit in lacrosse while Campagna is a NCAA D-I American University recruit in field hockey.
Berks League tournament champion Exeter is in the district title game for just the second time in program history, having last made it here in 2016, when it lost to Kennard-Dale, 12-8. So the Eagles are still in search of their first-ever district championship.
The Eagles average 14.1 goals a game and give up an average of eight goals a game.
Their offense is led by Isabella Karstien (70 goals, 21 assists), Peyton Halsey (39 goals, 37 assists), Ariana Kline (37 goals, 29 assists), Gabby Boyer (44 goals, 11 assists) and Brooke Wisniewski (28 goals, two assists). Exeter has tallied 111 assists on 295 goals, or 37.6 percent of its scores. ...said Exeter coach Jilly Rudy via email over the weekend, “This year we set out to really strengthen our schedule. It worked out, as we had the highest opponent winning record in the district. That helped us plays some excellent teams outside of our league such as Garnet Valley, Parkland, Hempfield and Manheim Township. We are hoping this will give us the experience to play the great teams that are left in the district.”
Rudy said notable college commits on the Exeter roster include junior midfielder Bella Karstien (D-I Louisville), senior midfielder Ariana Kline (D-I UCONN), senior defender Gabby Boyer (D-III Lebanon Valley College), junior defender Alexa Barwis (D-I Longwood), junior attack/defender Taylor Henderson (D-II Bloomsburg) and sophomore attack Brooke Wisniewski (D-II Slippery Rock). Exeter has a pair of players committed collegiately for field hockey in senior midfielder Peyton Halsey (D-I Northwestern) and junior defender Ella Maillie (D-I St Francis).