Central York Adds Another Title

The Panthers Had Led Throughout The Match

Central York boys' lacrosse team secured their fifth consecutive YAIAA title by holding off Dallastown Wildcats 8-7 in the league final on Tuesday. The Panthers had to weather a late scare, but ultimately emerged victorious and maintained their dominance in the league.

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The Central York boys’ lacrosse team waited nearly two months for Tuesday’s York-Adams League playoff final.

Back on March 22, one day before the Panther boys’ basketball team won a state title, Central York squared off against rival Dallastown in both sides' league opener. On that chilly, windy and wet evening in Dallastown, the Panthers fell behind by six goals and saw a five-goal surge come up short.

“I remember that night,” Panthers coach Ryan Muller said. “I looked at the team over there (point to their sideline) and told them that we would be back here again and that I would be putting gold medals around their necks.”

This time, it was the Panthers leading throughout and needing to hold on late. Despite a late turnover and a penalty that set Central back a man with 45 seconds remaining, the Wildcats had their final chance snuffed out by Panthers goalie Jonas Doll to secure the 8-7 triumph.

“We kind of have a running joke between the coaches,” Muller said. “The one thing that Central York boys’ lacrosse does is win county championships.”

So it would be a bit dramatic to say Muller’s claim two months ago was Nostradamus-like. Still, that night in March proved to be a wake-up call for the Panthers, who rolled through the rest of their league schedule unbeaten. That earned them a three-way share of the regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the Y-A playoffs.

With a chance to make amends for that early-season setback — in a game multiple of Central York standouts missed due to injuries — the Panthers took control and led 7-3 in the third quarter before their advantage was cut in half by the end of the stanza. After CY extended the advantage to 8-5, the Wildcats scored twice to close within a goal late. But Doll, a freshman, knocked away the decisive attempt at the buzzer.

Central has now won six York-Adams League titles during Muller's tenure. And the senior class has officially gone 4 for 4.

“I was definitely mad after the first Dallastown game,” said senior Mitchel Myers, whose three goals tied Anthony Basile for the team lead. “We had guys out and that’s not an excuse, but we definitely should have come out with a win back then. We’ve been battling all season for this moment and we got it done.”

“We knew that we had to stop 17 (Griffin Pickett) and 21 (Logan Ungerland),” Myers said. “We switched to a zone (defense) and I think we did a pretty good job.”

Ungerland was held to just one goal after scoring five in the first meeting. Pickett, however, picked up the slack by scoring six times to keep the pressure on the Panthers.

“We played a zone to try to dare them to shoot from the outside,” Muller said. “Unfortunately for us, Griffin kept shooting and it kept going in.”

Myers heaped praise upon Doll for his nine-save performance in net.

“Jonas is awesome,” Myers said. “And he’s only a freshman. He’s a really good goalie.”

Both teams cruised through last Thursday's Y-A semifinals, with Dallastown beating co-champion South Western 15-6 on Central York's turf while the Panthers beat New Oxford 14-7 at South Western.

Central and Dallastown will open their District 3 Class 3A playoff run next Tuesday, May 21. The rivals met for a rubber match in last year's district semifinals, with the Panthers prevailing in sudden death to reach the title game. With Central seeded fifth and Dallastown sixth this time, they'll only meet again at districts if it's for first or third place.

It would hardly be a stretch to call Tuesday a perfect night for the Central York athletic program. About an hour before the final horn sounded at Wildcat Stadium, the Panther boys’ volleyball team won the York-Adams League title with a 3-0 sweep of Red Lion inside the Dallastown High School gymnasium, just across the street.

“That’s awesome,” Muller said when he was informed of the volleyball team’s victory. “It’s a great day to be a Panther.”

As originally reported in the York Dispatch

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