By Anthony Mitchell
For The Daily Item
MIDDLEBURG -- Sometimes in sports, there are teams that you know are dominant after taking one look at them.
It could be crisp shooting or perfect passes, but overcoming such a squad is difficult. Unfortunately for the Mifflinburg Wildcats, Selinsgrove is one of those juggernauts in boys lacrosse. The Seals opened up a large lead early in Thursday's game and did not look back, winning 22-4 in the semifinals of the District 4 Class AA tournament at Sports Boosters Athletic Park.
Despite the win, Seals coach Tom Garlock kept his focus on Tuesday's final against Lewisburg.
"You have to play each game as it comes along," Garlock said. "This game was a nice win."
Mifflinburg continued to fight throughout the game, breaking the shutout midway through the fourth quarter on an unassisted goal from Logan Taylor. Taylor added another goal, firing a shot into the top of the cage past Tommy Frederick, who replaced Reid Betzker late in the game. The Wildcats scored four of the final six goals, with Zach Diehl adding two goals.
Austin Stroup wasted little time getting the Seals (15-0) on the board with a goal 64 seconds in and assisted on a tally from Zach Adams 26 seconds later. The Seals grabbed control of the early draws and limited the Wildcats to one shot on nearly every possession against Reid Betsker in net. That is, if the Seals let the Wildcats cross midfield before swarming the ballcarrier and forcing a turnover or errant pass.
On many possessions, including three of the next four goals, the Seals were able to quickly move the ball upfield off of one pass or by having the player who ended the draw with the ball on his stick take the ball to the net himself.
The Seals quickly established the tempo of the game, forcing the Wildcats to run, run and run some more to halt the scoring. The Seals benefitted from strong play on both sides of the ball, including the attacks and midfielders on offense.