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May 22, 2013

H.S. girls lacrosse: Lewisburg routs Danville for district championship

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After the Green Dragons tied the game on a Ptacek goal at the 8:12 mark in the first half, leading to a Danville timeout, it appeared as if the Ironmen would quickly answer and retake the lead.

During the timeout, Groff gathered her players and stressed controlling the draws and leading to offensive opportunities and tighening their defense against an Ironmen team that had played somewhat patient offensively to that point.

Her players must have been listening, as the Green Dragons controlled a threat deep in their defensive zone and turned the miscue into a goal with Hannah Gotoff shooting in traffic and finding the back of the net.

Rather than a typical momentum swing where the flood gates open and one team starts to score in bunches, the Gotoff goal led to a steady attack and solid play on both sides instead of an offensive onslaught. Sarah Talabiska pushed the Green Dragons' lead to two and passed to Lisa Steinbuhl near the left side of the goal for a close-range goal and a 5-2 halftime lead.

The Ironmen opened the scoring in the second half with a player that began the second on the sideline, serving a two minute penalty for a yellow card before the end of the first half. Plafcan ran onto the field after her penalty expired and scored an unassisted goal around the left side of the cage.

The goal from Plafcan would be the closest that the Ironmen would come to tying the game as the Green Dragons scored four straight goals to push their lead to six at 9-3.

The Green Dragons continue to heed the advice of their coach in the second half, controlling draws and limiting the offensive opportunities for the Ironmen.

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