The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 17, 2013

Girls lacrosse: Lewisburg rallies past Seals

Daily Item

---- — By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

LEWISBURG -- With eight minutes gone in the opening half of play, Selinsgrove was taking the game to two-time defending Central Susquehanna Girls Lacrosse League regular-season champion Lewisburg.

Selinsgrove was hustling to the ground balls and winning the faceoffs, two key stats in winning a lacrosse game.

Alli Kahn's bounce shot that got past Lewisburg goalie Claire Paulsen at 12 minutes, 22 seconds of the first half put the Seals up 5-2.

The goal prompted Lewisburg head coach Janelle Groff to call a timeout.

The kindergarten teacher at Kelly Elementary was as calm in the huddle as she is on the sidelines and in the classroom.

Her message to her girls was clear: wake up.

The Green Dragons did just that.

Senior Ashley Bilger, who has been playing lacrosse since she was a freshman, got control of the ensuing faceoff and scored on a shot to the right corner of the goal to cut the lead to 5-3.

It was the first of her four goals on the night and the first of 12 consecutive by Lewisburg as the Green Dragons went on to win 16-6 on Tuesday afternoon.

"It looked like they were not awake and they were slow to the ball," Groff said of her message to the team in the timeout. "We were not as aggressive to the ball and Selinsgrove was winning the faceoffs."

Lewisburg (4-3, 3-0 CSGLL) closed out the first half with 5-0 run and tied the game at 5-all with 9:42 left in the half.

"We know Selinsgrove is a good team and maybe we underestimated them in the first half," Bilger said. "We got our act together and we worked hard following the timeout.

"I was just thinking that we need to get a goal," Bilger added of her goal following the timeout. She also had an assist.

Hannah Gotoff scored five goals for Lewisburg while Sarah Talabiska scored four.

Talabiska pushed Lewisburg's goal-scoring streak to six straight when she scored 12 seconds into the second half.

Selinsgrove (1-2) had three goals from Sara Moyer and two goals from Kahn.

"It's all about the 'C' words, conditioning and concentration," Selinsgrove coach Debbie Moyer said. "We were up 7-2 the other day against Midd-West and we lost by a goal. After Lewisburg took the timeout, it was more of concentration for us. We lost 12 seniors and we are in a rebuilding mode."

Moyer said her message to the team during the first-half timeout was to keep the momentum going and to talk a lot more to each other.

Sara Moyer scored the lone goal in the second half for the Seals.

"We work well in practice on getting the girls to pick up a player and in transition," Moyer said. "We have to work better on our communication. We were never up on anyone last year; we were always trailing. We're getting more competitive."

Selinsgrove won the faceoffs 10-7.

Claire Paulsen made 10 saves in goal for Lewisburg while Katie Armstrong had one save. The Green Dragons got single goals from Ella Pavlechko, Rachael Murphy, Lisa Steinhubl and Rachel Ladd.

"We did a better job of seeing the field through our midfield transition and our defense did a good job," Groff added. "We have a lot of potential if we play together and work together as a team."

Kylee John had 10 saves for the Seals while Addie Wolf tallied a goal and an assist.