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May 28, 2014

High School Girls Lacrosse: Danville remains unbeaten

MIDDLEBURG — Like a great novel, Wednesday’s first-round PIAA playoff game between Danville and Wyoming Seminary had three parts: a fast start for Danville, a comeback in the middle by Seminary and a defensive stand in the end for the Ironmen.

Danville maintained its perfect season with an 11-10 win over Seminary to advance to the second round of the PIAA playoffs on Saturday against Great Valley. The time and site are to be announced.

Seminary (20-5) beat Lewisburg in the opening round of the state playoffs last year.

Ironmen sophomore Martina Plafcan scored five goals for Danville, which jumped out to a 3-0 lead less than five minutes into the first half.

“I never really relaxed until the final whistle,” Danville coach Carlene Klena said. “They (Seminary) have been in this position many times before and they played like a seasoned team. We played like a younger team.”

Danville led 4-1 before Seminary scored two goals in a minute to cut the lead to 4-3.

At that point, with 10 minutes left in the first half, Klena called a timeout to settle her team down.

“We got away from our gameplan again, we never really settled into our gameplan and we had lots of individual moments,” she said. “The defense really put it together as a unit.”

Danville responded to the timeout with two goals in a span of 16 seconds to up the lead to 6-3.

But Seminary came right back and scored two goals in a minute to pull to within 6-5.

With the goalie right in her face, Plafcan scored with 1:21 left in the first half as Danville led 7-5 at halftime.

Seminary cut the lead to 7-6 three minutes into the second half before Danville junior Emily Vella scored back-to-back goals to give Danville a three-goal cushion, 9-6.

The Blue Knights would score four of the next six goals to cut the lead to 11-10 when Madison Down scored with 1:50 left in the game.

Seminary won the control draw following Dowd’s goal and got the ground ball as the Blue Knights worked the clock in an effort to tie the game.

Rebecca Schulman almost did that at the 1:17 mark, but her shot hit the post and went wide as Seminary kept the ball in Danville’s end for the last 1:50 of the game.

The game ended in a hectic manner as a few errant passes and a missed opportunity on a shooting-space shot kept Danville in the lead.

Goalie Haley Spotts made seven saves and she was thankful for that shot hitting the post.

“I am glad it hit the post, that was lucky for us,” Spotts said. “Seminary was a very good opponent and they kept us on our toes the whole game. We were pretty evenly matched and that’s what kept it close.”

Danville was able to get control of a ground ball with five seconds left to seal the win.

“We started off in a man-to-man defense and then they started getting some momentum, so we switched to a different defense that was more pressure and I think that helped us,” defenseman Sarah Weber said. “We had confidence. We knew that we weren’t just going to let them win.”

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