By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
One look at Danville’s starting varsity roster and the main stat that jumps out at you is that six of the 12 starters are sophomores.
On Monday afternoon, sophomore Martina Plafcan scored five goals on six shots in the first half, as Danville remained unbeaten with an 18-6 win over Mifflinburg.
Plafcan gave Danville (10-0) a 2-0 lead before the game was two minutes old as she scored two goals off the control draw — the faceoff for girls lacrosse.
“Our intensity has been a big part of it,” she said of the quick start to the game. “We wanted to come out with a force that got us a couple of goals early so that we could settle down later in the game.”
Mifflinburg cut the lead to 2-1 at 20:13 of the first half when Megan Mensch scored off a nice pass from Kayla Forcheskie, which came as a result of a Danville turnover.
Plafcan then assisted on Mensch’s goal a minute later to make it 3-1.
Her goal began a run of 12 straight by the Ironmen going into the second half.
Plafcan’s goal with 14:12 left in the first half showed just how poised she is for a sophomore, as she caught the pass on a dead run from freshman Kara Bergerstock, turned, took two steps, and fired a high shot into the goal.
Plafcan, whose older sister Mikaela runs cross country for the Ironmen, was one of 10 different goal scorers for Danville.
“She has been plagued with injuries and illnesses and you would never know it,” Danville coach Carlene Klena said of Plafcan. “Outside of what we do, she practices on her own, she goes to camps on her own and she is quite passionate about the game. She’s a fan of the game and there are several girls on the team like that.”
Danville led 13-1 at halftime.
“It’s definitely improving,” Plafcan said of the team’s skill level from this time last year. “We’re getting a bunch of new players and the skill level has gone up by 10 times.”
Mensch was one of five different girls to score for the Wildcats (5-8), who netted five goals in the second half.
“I think we really need to work on moving our feet, as there is an awful lot of standing still and not getting into position to receive an open pass or running through the ground-ball pick-ups,” Mifflinburg coach Karin Knisely said. “It’s kind of a stop-and-watch and then the other team scoops the ball away from us.”
Klena noted that her team is still working on several aspects of their overall game.
“Mifflinburg is a better team than they were when we first played them and so you have to respect your opponent and know that they will improve upon things and make adjustments,” she said. “We are always trying to tweak on things so that we can throw different looks out there with different talent.”