Exeter, Gov. Mifflin advance to District 3 semifinals
They may very well be on a collision course.
The Governor Mifflin and Exeter girls lacrosse teams were both slated to play in their respective semifinal rounds during the District 3 Class AAA playoffs on Monday, May 22.
No. 3 Exeter is slated to face No. 2 Manheim Township at 7 p.m. at Millersville while No. 5 Mifflin faces top seed Wilson at Exeter at 6 p.m.
If both teams win in the semifinal, they’ll meet Wednesday, May 24 at Hersheypark Stadium at 4 p.m. for the district title.
In the event both teams lose, they’d meet in the third place game Wednesday at a site and time yet to be determined.
It would be the third time the two teams met this season — Exeter winning both matchups by a score of 9-8 (April 18) and 14-10 (May 4).
Fresh off their runner-up finish in the Berks County Interscholastic Athletic Association (BCIAA) playoffs, the Eagles (8-2 Berks Conference I, 16-4 overall) opened up their district run with a bye followed by a 1512 rout of No. 6 Hempfield. In the win, Maryn Hubiak scored five goals while Isabella Karstien had four goals and an assist as Exeter outscored its visitors 8-5 during the decisive second half. Jordan Kotas scored twice while Kylee Hubiak notched a goal and an assist in front of Aubrey Lengel’s seven-save goaltending.
As for Mifflin (6-4, 14-7), the Mustangs had a much less favorable ride to open districts.
GM opened up with a 13-6 win over No. 12 Dallastown then pulled off an upset 18-11 win over No. 4 Cumberland Valley.
In the opening round win, Allison Schaeffer had four goals and an assist while Kamryn Bobb (assist) and Katherine Creamer each nothed hat tricks as Mifflin jumped out to a 10-2 lead by the half. Ellie Leporace had 11 saves in goal.
In the quarterfinals, the Mustangs jumped out to an 11-4 lead over Cumberland Valley and cruised the rest of the way.
Bobb and Lindsey Strol each had five goals and an assist while Creamer scored another hat trick to go along with two assists. Leporace stopped eight shots.
Governor Mifflin suffered a 12-11 loss against Cumberland Valley during the semifinal round of the District 3 Class AAA boys lacrosse playoffs on Thursday, May 18.
Mifflin, the No. 5 seed entering the tournament, opened up with an 8-7 overtime win against No. 12 Elizabethtown on Tuesday, May 16 before running into No. 4 seed Cumberland Valley.
In the opener, Aaron Grill scored four times while Griffin Ganster had a hat trick and an assist as Mifflin recovered from a 3-2 halftime deficit. Benjamin Gates stopped 11 shots in goal.
Two games later, Mifflin responded from a twogoal halftime deficit with a five-goal third quarter, but the rally came up just short against Cumberland Valley.
Grill had four goals and three assists while Ganster posted another hat trick and Aidan Ebersole scored twice. Benjamin Gates stopped 11 shots in the cage.
The Mustangs had fallen to Berks Catholic 4-3 in the opening round of the BCIAA playoffs on Tuesday, May 9.
The Eagles dropped their opening-round matchup against the Bulldogs during the BCIAA playoffs on Tuesday, May 9.
Connor Cress scored No. 4 Exeter’s lone goal while Connor Powell had six saves in net. Wilson, the top-seed and eventual champion, outscored Exeter 12-1 over the final three frames. Cameron Magalotti led Wilson with four goals while Matt Marrella (two assists) and Jacob Stitzel each posted hat tricks.
Berks champion Daniel Boone won its District 3 Class 3A playoff opener with a straight-set victory over Hershey on May 18.
The No. 4 seed Blazers won 27-25, 25-22, 2520 against the No. 13 Trojans to advance to the quarterfinals (played May 22) against fifth seed Penn Manor, which beat Red Land 3-0.
Ian Rathgeb had 17 kills and three digs and Danny Dry had 33 assists and five digs for Boone (17-1).
The No. 11 Mustangs saw their season end in a four-set loss to No. 6 Dallastown. Set scores were 2523, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19.
Jonas Connor had 11 kills and seven digs for Mifflin, which ended its season 147. Casey Klahr had six kills and two blocks; John Demeter had four kills and four digs; and Ryan Lawes had 36 assists, two blocks and six digs.