By Anthony Mitchell
For The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- Maybe the myth of homefield advantage is true. You know, one team plays in front of its home fans and seems to raise its level of play.
Regardless, Selinsgrove felt all of the comforts of home playing a few blocks away at Susquehanna, on the same field that the Crusaders found new levels of success. The Seals grabbed a 17-4 victory over Danville on Tuesday behind solid play in all facets of the game.
Selinsgrove coach Tom Garlock was quick to credit the hustle that the Ironmen showed.
"Danville played well, a hard game," Garlock said. "Good to end the season with a win of course, but we have a long way to go. The season's not over yet."
Despite falling behind early to the Seals (14-0), the Ironmen (8-7) continued to fight until the final whistle, which pleased Ironmen coach Matt Gerdy.
"We hung in there," Gerdy said. "We didn't tuck our tails between our legs and put our heads down and take a beating. We actually played some of our best lacrosse in the fourth quarter. I had a lot of respect for the guys that played for me."
The Ironmen improved over the final three quarters of play after allowing the Seals to take control of the game early.
Unfortunately for the Ironmen, a scoreboard delay before the game started only stunted the scoring for the Seals momentarily and did little to cool the Seals play at the start. The Seals controlled the opening face-off and raced down the turf, with Ben Youngman firing a shot on goal that was turned aside. Zach Adams quickly got the ball on his stick for the Seals and found the back of the net to take an early 1-0 lead.
Well, if one is good, two is better. Off of a pass from Austin Stroup, Adams scored his second goal in roughly a minute, blasting a shot past Evan Tanner.