LEHMAN TWP. – Lake-Lehman followed up a championship regular season in girls lacrosse with an exciting victory in one playoff game before having its season come to an end despite a special effort in another.
The Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champion Black Knights opened the playoffs at home May 19 and pulled out the win in a finish that had game officials confused.
Alicia Galasso scored her sixth goal of the game about a minute into overtime to lift Lake-Lehman to a 10-9 victory over Scranton Prep.
However, the officials working the game did not know the playoffs were operating under sudden-victory rules and allowed the contest to continue.
As play resumed, Lake-Lehman coach Ron Strohl and scorers’ table personnel checked their rule books. Lake-Lehman regained possession before Scranton Prep could score, Strohl called timeout and convinced the officials the game, in fact, was over.
Jess Evans and Kate Roberts each had a goal and two assists for Lake-Lehman, which had to work its way back from an 8-4 deficit in the second half.
The Black Knights were unable to produce a similar comeback Tuesday when their season came to an end with a 14-10 semifinal loss to visiting Coughlin.
Lake-Lehman sophomore goalie Grace Butler impressed Coughlin coach Colleen Wood with the ability to keep her team in the game on a day when the Crusaders controlled possession and built a 32-15 advantage in shots.
“Their goalie did a phenomenal job,” Wood said of Butler, who made 14 saves. “She had a lot of nice stops.”
Kate Roberts led the Lake-Lehman offense with three goals and two assists.
Lake-Lehman went 11-2 in the WVC to repeat as Division 2 champions. Its only losses in conference play were to unbeaten Division 1 champion Wyoming Seminary and Coughlin, the two District 2 finalists.
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