By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- The midfield position in lacrosse can be likened to the grunts in the military -- it can be a gruelling job and thankless at times -- but they always get the job done when it counts.
This year, a pair of midfields earned The Daily Item's lacrosse player of the year as the 2012 Central Susquehanna Lacrosse League saw a changing of the guard for both the boys and girls teams.
Selinsgrove, under head coach Tom Garlock, went undefeated in league play with a 14-0 record and ended the season at 16-1 with a loss to Delaware Valley in the first round of the PIAA state playoffs.
Those results helped earn Garlock The Daily Item's Lacrosse Coach of the Year award.
The Seals outscored their opponents 247-91. In nine of those games, they held opponents to five goals or fewer.
"The players comprising this years team united well to a common purpose," Garlock said. "One of the hardest things to teach players is the concept of team play. Being unselfish in your personal goals and combining with others to further the team's goals leads to the success of any team. We had this in prior years, but, with this team, it combined with having multiple players possessing the athletic ability and talents to bring us to an undefeated regular season and a district title."
The Seals posted a hard-fought 9-6 win over Lewisburg in the District 4 finals to earn a state playoff berth, their first ever.
Junior Austin Stroup, son of Dawn Getgen and David Stroup, of Middleburg, proved his merits for the Seals undefeated regular-season and district championship by notching 83 points (54G, 29A). He also won 71.4 percent of his faceoffs and collected 153 ground balls.
The junior is The Daily Item Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year.