When he looks at the video from Tuesday's Lancaster-Lebanon League girls lacrosse tournament semifinal, chances are Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic coach Ted Kolva is going to like what he sees.
In fact, it's hard to imagine his team could have played much better than it did at Comet Field against Hempfield.
The Cougars were sound in every facet, took an early lead and rode it to a 17-8 victory.
"They played great from goalkeeping, defense, midfield and attack. They were patient and played really smart lacrosse," said Kolva. "We were able to get up early and that is key for that. If we can do that, we are going to control a game."
Country Day moves on to face top-seeded Manheim Township in Thursday's 5:30 p.m. league championship game, to be played at Lebanon Valley College.
The Blue Streaks earned their way to the final by defeating Cocalico, 18-9 in Tuesday’s other semifinal at Comet Field.
Lauren Wassell led the way with six goals for Country Day. After Hempfield got on the board first, she and Alexis Howe scored twice during the Cougars' five goals in eight minutes blitz.
"I just think we really clicked as a team and worked well together and that's what it is all about," Wassell said.
Lindsey Durkota's first of three goals brought the Black Knights within 6-5 with four minutes to play in the first half.
However, Wassell answered with 1:38 left in the half and 19 seconds later, Maggie Boyle pounced on a rebound and put it home for one of her four goals, putting Country Day up 8-5 at the break.
Cougars goalkeeper Emma Stover made a huge save to open the second half and a minute later, Wassell's marker started a four-goal run, busting open the tight game.
"I think it's really our defense and Emma is an amazing goalkeeper," said Wassell. "We owe it all to them."
"The kids have worked really hard now for 10 weeks trying to do the right thing and with the kids it just clicked today," added Kolva. "We really finished well today."
Streaks start strong
In the other semifinal, Manheim Township scored the first seven goals in the nightcap and the Streaks jumped out to an 8-2 lead at the half.
However, after Township jumped up 10-3 early in the second half, Cocalico scored three times, including Sydney Costanza's third of her team-high five goals, cutting the deficit to four.
Blue Streaks coach Mark Pinkerton was not surprised at the Eagles’ scrappiness.
"We felt like the game we had in season with them, and they played well," he said. "We need that push and it was good to have a competitive game."
Of course, keeping Pinkerton's squad down was mainly attributed to Cocalico freshman goalkeeper Alayna Trynosky, who made nine saves in the first half and 14 overall.
"She played phenomenal," Eagles coach Courtney Reinhold said of her keeper.
Still, with four goals from Lucy Svetec and three other players scoring at least three, Township proved to be too much. A four-goal run put the game out of reach at 14-6.
"The main thing we have been focusing on all year was intensity and hustle," said Pinkerton. "There was a lot of good play out in space with double teams, creating turnovers and getting ground balls."