The 2019 high school girls lacrosse is officially in the books. With that said, it’s a good time to reflect on the action from the last few months. Here are some takeaways from the Lancaster-Lebanon League campaign...
1. Manheim Township entered 2019 with just two seniors on the roster, which possibly led some to believe the door could be opened to those in the L-L or District Three to knock the Blue Streaks from the throne. Instead, Manheim Township again completed a perfect L-L regular season en route to winning the L-L tournament crown for the 10th year in a row before capturing its ninth district crown and and reaching the state final for the second year in a row. The Streaks will enter 2020 with an 83-game L-L regular season win streak.
2. L-L regular season and tournament runner-up Hempfield reached the district semifinals for the first time since 2015 and fifth time overall.
3. Lampeter-Strasburg had its most successful season by accomplishing these program-firsts: reaching the district semifinals, appearing in the state playoffs and winning a state playoff game en route to setting a new program mark in single-season wins by finishing 14-8 overall.
4. Cocalico reached the district semifinals and won a state playoff game, becoming just the second Eagles squad to accomplish those feats (the last was 2012).
5. Garden Spot (5-12 overall) set the new program record in single-season victories, Conestoga Valley made its first postseason appearance, and Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic returned to the district playoffs for the eighth year in a row, but the first under new skipper Julie Safran, a Penn Manor alum who picked up her first career district playoff win as the Cougars’ coach.
6. Of the top 20 point-leaders in the L-L for 2019, only six are graduating: Lampeter-Strasburg’s Kelsey Kimmel (132 goals, seven assists), LCD/LCHS’ Maggie Boyle (36 goals, 66 assists), Elizabethtown’s Cyrose Conteh (72 goals, nine assists), Hempfield’s Lauren Dague (49 goals, 45 assists), Manheim Township’s Lucy Svetec (85 goals, 35 assists) and Conestoga Valley’s Hannah Chadwick (31 goals, 24 assists).
7. Five teams are losing goalkeepers to graduation: Conestoga Valley’s Anna Kollbotn (120 saves), Cedar Crest’s Kaitlyn Knapp (101 saves), E-town’s Corrie Baker (133 saves) and Lampeter-Strasburg’s Mary Peticca (205 saves).
8. A few head coaches will enter next season approaching career-win milestones: Hempfield’s Elizabeth Erb is 10 wins shy of 200, Manheim Township’s Mark Pinkerton is four wins shy of 150, Cocalico’s Courtney Reinhold is one win shy of 50, and Warwick’s Eric Jeanes is five wins shy of 50.