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April 21, 2014

Girls lacrosse: Danville tops Lewisburg

DANVILLE — Taking a page from the Danville football team ­— where defense wins championships — the girl’s lacrosse team held its eighth straight opponent to single-digit goals with a 14-3 win over Lewisburg on Monday afternoon.

Danville (8-0) held last year’s Daily Item Player of the Year, Hannah Gotoff, to an assist and two shots on the day.

“Haley Spotts did a tremendous job for us,” Danville coach Carlene Klena said. “We played solid on defense and we didn’t have to switch too much out of our man-to-man.”

Spotts made eight saves while the defense held Lewisburg (2-7) to one goal through the first 35 minutes of the game.

“Our defense does a great job and we’ve been communicating better as the season has gone on,” Spotts said. “The second time we play a team, we know who to key on and we are getting better at calling out the cutters.”

It was the first time the two teams had played in Danville and the third time they had met since last year’s District 4 final, which was won by Lewisburg.

Danville won the first meeting of the year, 16-7, on April 8 in Lewisburg.

“For us, there was nerves in that first game, they didn’t have that today,” Klena said.

Eight different girls scored for the Ironmen as Liz Pavis, Martina Plafcan, Lindsey Strausser and Emily Vella scored two goals each.

Plafcan displayed how tough Danville is to defend when she scooped up a loose ball and — with three Lewisburg defenders around her — rolled around the defense to get an open look at goal and score her first goal of the game.

“They (Lewisburg) are really good competition. ... (But) we are able to double down on the ball when it enters the attack zone,” Plafcan said.

Alexa Connors, Ellen Penn and Claire Martin scored for Lewisburg.

“I am really proud of the way the girls have been playing this year,” Lewisburg coach Janelle Groff said. “We have just three returning starters this year and some girls have moved up from JV and some are newcomers to the sport. I can see from the beginning of the year how their skills have improved.”

Danville had six different girls score a goal in the first half as they led 6-1 at the break. They scored seven unanswered goals to start the second half.

When the Lewisburg players did get a shot on goal, Spotts was constantly in the right position to make a save while benefiting twice on shots that rang off the post.

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