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Danville Sports

May 15, 2014

High School Boys Lacrosse: Selinsgrove beats Danville to advance to district final

MIDDLEBURG — There’s something to be said about old-time, rock ‘em, sock ‘em playoff hockey that gets famed commentator Don Cherry fired up.

The former Bruins coach would have approved of the hard-nose, rough-and-tumble, grind-it-out style that Selinsgrove and Danville displayed in Thursday’s District 4 semifinal boys lacrosse game.

In a game that featured five ties and was still in doubt tied at 9 heading into the fourth quarter, Selinsgrove scored five times and Reid Betsker made two critical saves as the Seals won 14-11 to advance to Tuesday’s title game against unbeaten Lewisburg.

The game will be played at 7:30 at Midd-West high school and is preceded by the girls title game at 6 between Selinsgrove and unbeaten Danville.

Selinsgrove jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first quarter due in part to a quick start and a man-up goal.

“We played well at the start of the game but then we fell flat a little bit,” Selinsgrove coach Tom Garlock said. “Overall, we played pretty well, but we have some improvements to make. We have a hard game coming up.”

Selinsgrove went up 5-3 when Ben Youngman scored on a screen shot just inside the post five seconds into the second quarter. It was part of a four-goal game for the senior attackman.

Nick Treon scored three goals in his final game for the Ironmen, his second goal coming at 8:22 of the second quarter, which began a three-goal run for Danville.

They tied the game at 5 with 3:32 left before halftime on a nice fake shot by midfielder Gage Reber, who then took a bounce shot that snuck in under the crossbar and over Betsker’s stick.

“It was not a real great game for Reid today,” Garlock said. “He made some great saves, but we have some deficiencies we have to work on a little but. He did well and got us stabilized at the end of the third and fourth quarters.”

Danville took its first lead of the game 16 seconds after Reber scored when Brett Vanden Heuval scored just as the rain began to fall.

Treon had a chance to break the 6-all tie early in the third quarter, but his shot hit the outside of the net, nearly missing the inside post.

“Ben (Kahn) followed me everywhere on the field and locked me down today,” Treon said. “Ben played a heck of a game. He couldn’t have played any better.”

Betsker made two big saves while Danville had a two-man advantage with 7:30 left in the third.

“I was a little slow to start off the game and I wasn’t seeing the ball well,” Betsker said. “Towards the end of the fourth quarter I knew we would get the win as our shots were on, our passes were on and our clears were perfect.”

The Ironmen scored the first goal of the second half to break the tie when senior attackman Brody Mahaffey went five-hole on Betsker for the 7-6 lead with 6:02 remaining.

Selinsgrove tied the game 27 seconds later when Zach Adams used the Danville defense as a screen to fire a shot just inside the near post. It was one of five goals on the day for Adams.

The teams traded goals and went into the fourth quarter all even at 9.

Heavy rains came at the start of the fourth quarter and it wasn’t until nearly five minutes had elapsed off the clock that Selinsgrove broke the tie with the first of three goals in a span of 71 seconds to take a 12-9 lead, the largest lead for them since 4-2 in the first quarter.

“Nick’s a heck of a player and the coaches decided to stick me on him and it worked out to our advantage today,” Kahn said. “Danville always shows up to play and that goes to show that you can’t lay down when you have the lead early. As the game went on, we let up a little bit and they showed us that they could come back.”

The Ironmen didn’t go away quietly as they cut the lead to 13-11 with 1:46 left in regulation.

“I think we all expected this kind of game coming into it,” Danville lacrosse coach Matt Gerdy said. “Especially in a district game, it’s going to be a slugfest, lead changes, guys totally exhausted at the end of the night. We came up just short, but the seniors were the first middle school class and they’ve been with it for six years.”

Danville (8-5) ends its season on a three-game losing streak, which included a 17-7 loss at home to Selinsgrove on May 6.

“There’s a bright future for Danville lacrosse,” Gerdy added. “I told the guys at the end of the game that if they stick with it, they can be really excellent at this game.”

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