By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
WINFIELD -- Zach Adams is only a sophomore, but the midfielder has already been a big part of Selinsgrove's undefeated start.
He scored the game winner in overtime last week in a first-ever win over Lewisburg and Thursday afternoon he scored three times, including the game winner as Selinsgrove (7-0) routed Lewisburg 12-6 at Winfield Volunteer Fire Department field.
Selinsgrove controlled every facet of the game right from the opening face-off.
Austin Stroup gave the Seals a 1-0 lead two minutes into the contest as he went five-hole with a bounce shot.
The Seals would keep Lewisburg (5-4) from crossing the midfield line for the first 6 minutes and 38 seconds of the game as they hustled after ground balls, were timely on their stick checks and kept the pressure on the Green Dragons.
Despite the 1-0 score at the time, it was clear early on that the overtime win a week ago (6-5 Selinsgrove) was not happening today.
"That win proved that we could beat them and once that happened, we are able to play Selinsgrove lacrosse," Selinsgrove head coach Tom Garlock said.
When Lewisburg did get past midfield, the Green Dragons wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard as Drew Strosser tied the game at one.
Adams then scored two goals 25 seconds apart, each time, dodging through the defense, to give The Seals a 3-1 lead.
"Keeping the ball in their end in the beginning of the first quarter really helped give us a boost and we gained confidence from that for the game," Adams said. "We know what our goals are and we are just going to stay focused as a team and take it game by game."
Matt Fedorjaka brought Lewisburg back to within a goal at 3-2 with 58 seconds left in the first quarter.
It would be the closest the Green Dragons would get.
Selinsgrove, who was held scoreless in the second quarter of last week's game, turn the trick on Lewisburg in Thursday's game as the Seals scored three goals in a span of 34 seconds to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.
"They won this game for two reasons," Lewisburg head coach Evan Dresser said. "They out-hustled us on ground balls all day long and we were not careful with our passes. They'd intercept a pass and the ball would be on the ground and they would beat us to it."
Selinsgrove goalie Reid Betsker, a sophomore, made five saves. He's been playing lacrosse since the fifth grade.
"I was keeping up with the game in that first period," he said of not seeing any action for nearly seven minutes.
He came up with a big save just 22 seconds into the second quarter on a blistering shot from Nathan Fox.
Fox would lead Lewisburg in scoring with two goals and three assists.
The Seals also took advantage of their man-up opportunities, scoring on three straight to extend the lead to 9-2 midway through the third quarter.
"I'm really proud of how our team executed today," Garlock added.
Austin Stroup had three goals and an assist for Selinsgrove while Andrew Sickle has two goals and two assists as six different players tallied a point for the Seals.
Lewisburg scored three times in the fourth, but entered the quarter trailing 10-3.
"We never played aggressive, we played afraid to give up a goal," Dresser said. "I don't see this as a changing of the guard as over the next few years, between Selinsgrove, Danville and us, there won't be a dominant team, but it will be a dogfight for that crown."
Following Thursday's dominating performance, Selinsgrove looks like this year's top dog.