By Anthony Mitchell
For The Daily Item
MIDDLEBURG -- Danville was making its first appearance in the district final. The Ironmen reached it by outlasting Selinsgrove in the semifinals and were looking to play the role of the popular, new kid and knock off Lewisburg, a perennial title contender.
However, Lewisburg went on a run late in the first half and did not look back, capturing the District 4 title in girls lacrosse in a 12-4 rout.
With her team advancing to the state tournament, Lewisburg coach Janelle Groff hoped that the play of her girls and the district title the team had just won will continue to spark interest in the game at the middle school level in the area.
Despite being down 9-3 late in the second half, the Ironmen refused to give in and simply hand the Green Dragons the gold medal, showing a never-say-die attitude that will serve a young team well in the coming years.
"This is a tremendous effort from (my girls)," Danville coach Carlene Klena said. "I'm very proud of them from start to finish this season."
Klena added that she hopes the team will step back and be proud of its play this season, finishing with a 9-2 record.
Not that Danville's resiliency was surprising with Kat Baum controlling the offense. The senior midfielder set an example for her younger teammates, taking a ball from her defensive side of the field, racing past the Lewisburg defense to the right side of the cage and scoring to cut the lead to 9-4.
Klena said that while she will not be able to fully replace the full spectrum of characteristics that her seniors brought to the team, but will benefit from having underclassman captains along with the senior Baum.
Jamie Ptacek scored slightly over two minutes into the game but the Ironmen quickly knotted the game at one on a goal from Martina Plafcan.