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July 28, 2013

H.S. lacrosse: Selinsgrove's Stroup, Lewisburg's Gotoff earn Player of Year honors

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He's been playing the midfield position since he was in the fifth grade, the only position he's ever played.

"This was the first time that we were in states and that we won the district title and that's monumental for our school, considering that we are a club-based team," he said.

Stroup said he felt the 6-5 overtime win against Lewisburg on April 18, was the defining moment of the season.

"We had never beaten Lewisburg before and once we did, then we knew that we could beat them," he said. "Before that, it was always a mind-set that Lewisburg was so good and this year we finally were able to get past that hurdle."

Stroup was held scoreless in that game, the only time that happened all year. He notched eight goals against Mifflinburg and had two seven-goal games.

"The difference between this year's team and last year's team is that we were very connected on offense and our whole defensive strategy changed to a combination of man and zone, not just one type of defense," Stroup said.

Stroup said that he's been working on his shooting and defensive strategy of the game and would like to be a better defensive midfielder.

"As a team, for 2014, we are hoping for a repeat of this season, but I think we can go farther in states," he said. "Our goal is another district title."

On the girls side, Lewisburg earned the school's and league's first-ever state playoff berth after beating Midd-West 12-4 in the District 4 title game.

The Green Dragons finished at 13-6, losing to Wyoming Seminary in the first round of the state playoffs.

Head coach Janelle Groff -- who was named Coach of the Year -- was not available for comment.

Lewisburg junior Hannah Gotoff, daughter of doctors Robert and Jill Gotoff, has been playing lacrosse since the sixth grade.

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