By Anthony Mitchell
For The Daily Item
MIDDLEBURG -- A top seed is supposed to hold its ground and take care of business against a higher team. Danville was able to live up to its top billing Thursday, taking an 18-12 win over Selinsgrove in the opening game of the District 4 Class AA girls larosse semifinals at Sports Boosters Athletic Park.
"I am very proud of (my team)," Danville coach Carlene Klena said.
The Ironmen used a high-scoring second half to pull away from the Seals and secure the victory. Emily Vella scored a pair of goals to open the second half for the Ironmen after a 7-5 Danville lead at intermission. Sara Moyer answered 26 seconds later, taking a pass from the left side, moving across the defense and scoring.
Vella completed the equivalent of a hat trick in 63 seconds, with a goal 12 seconds later at the 20:55 mark of the second half on an unassisted sprint off of the draw.
The Ironmen added a goal in close to push their lead to five. After a yellow card was called immediately following the goal, the Ironmen seemed to find an extra level of effort to pull away from the Seals. Katharine Baum had a hand in the breakaway goals for the Ironmen, netting the first and assisting Vella on the second.
According to Klena, Baum and Vella have been involved with Danville lacrosse since its inception, which Klena said made her proud to give the two seniors a playoff win.
The Seals tried to fight back, but the Ironmen answered every run, adding two goals in the final four minutes to seal the win.
The Ironmen got the game off to a fast start with a goal from Lindsay Strausser a few seconds over the 22:44 mark. Strausser received a pass and spun in front of the cage and put the goal in the back of the net.