WYOMING – The growing pains are over for the Wyoming Area girls lacrosse program.
Mixing veterans who started the program in 2015 with talented newcomers who have picked up youth lacrosse experience with the Valley Laxerz, the Lady Warriors are off to a 4-1 start in just their third season after scoring in double figures in a pair of wins this week.
Sarah Miller and Lila Donnelly each scored three goals Thursday when Wyoming Area handled visiting Hazleton Area, 12-4, in a Wyoming Valley Conference game.
The halfway point in the season has not yet arrived and the Lady Warriors have already exceeded the win totals from each of their first two seasons. They started the week with Monday’s 15-5 romp over Coughlin a team Wyoming Area had lost to by 15 goals last year.
“I had confidence in our team,” said Hannah Hinkle, a junior in her third season as a starter and second playing defense. “The freshmen are helping the juniors who played prior to this as much as the upperclassmen are helping them.
“We’ve doing so well together.”
Donnelly is one of five three-year starters among the deep junior class that has Wyoming Area looking like a contender for 2018.
The Lady Warriors are doing just fine now. They are fourth in the 12-team WVC behind unbeatens Wyoming Seminary, Delaware Valley and Lake-Lehman.
Donnelly scored the first two goals of the Coughlin game in the first 5:21 on the way to a team-high five goals.
“Coughlin was a better game for us,” Donnelly said after the win over Hazleton Area, a team that is new to the WVC after previously playing an independent schedule. “We were better as a team; we passed a little better.
“They beat us last year. It was not revenge, but we just felt like, ‘this is our game’.”
It’s a feeling the Lady Warriors have more often these days after winning twice in the conference in 2015 and three times last year.
“We’re playing very well together,” said Miller, another junior who played midfield and also spends some time on the attack. “I wasn’t sure what to think because we were bringing a lot of freshmen in, but they played for Valley Laxerz and a lot of them are very good and have a lot of experience.”
Against Hazleton Area, Wyoming Area scored the first five goals until the Cougars connected with 4.4 seconds left in the half after being outshot 20-3 to that point.
Seven different players scored the first seven Wyoming Area goals.
Miller changed that on a long run up the field for her second goal and an 8-2 lead.
After Meleah Hoats, who had the last three Hazleton Area goals, scored two straight to cut the Wyoming Area to 8-4.
Donnelly scored the next two goals to restore command.
Brandi Sorokin, Lindsey Poziac and Tierney Porfirio had a goal and an assist each for the Lady Warriors.
Wyoming Area scored the game’s last four goals.
It was the second straight big finish for the Lady Warriors.
They outscored the Crusaders, 10-2, in the second half after leading just 5-3 at halftime Monday.
“We had a rough start, but we pulled it together,” Miller said.
Caity Butchko finished with three goals and three assists. Cassidy Orzel added a goal and two assists. Julia Bonomo made eight saves.
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