MIDDLEBURG — Matt Fedorjaka scored off of an assist from Drew Strosser with less than four minutes remaining to cut the Seals lead to 8-6. The goal followed a stretch where it appeared the Seals would salt the game away, peppering Michael Fox with shots that the sophomore turned aside.
From early in the game, it was clear that Lewisburg was going to provide a stiff challenge to the Seals. The Green Dragons controlled much of the opening few minutes of play, forcing the tempo to a crawl by passing the ball around the back of the cage against a team that thrives on turnovers and a quick-strike offense.
When the Seals needed a goal, the midfielders and attacks came through.
"In the clutch, (the offense) did very well," Garlock said. "I knew Lewisburg was going to come out and play for this game. I didn't expect anything different."
Andrew Sickle opened the scoring column with a diving shot that found space in between the legs of a crouching Fox in goal for the Green Dragons to give the Seals an early lead. Not satisfied, the Seals swarmed Fox on their net possession, forcing the goalie to absorb contact as the ball popped loose but Fox was able to gather and keep the Seals from netting a point-blank goal.
Taking a page from the Seals' playbook, the Green Dragons quickly brought the ball upfield with Nick Feltham taking a pass from Nathan Fox near the cage on the left side and dumping a shot past Reid Betzker almost before the ball had reached his net. The Green Dragons added a goal that bounced between Betzker's legs to take a 2-1 lead after one quarter.
"We proved that we can play with (Selinsgrove)," Lewisburg coach Evan Dresser said.
Lewisburg has a young starting line-up, meaning the Green Dragons will have the majority of its starting rotation returning.