CARLISLE — The Hershey-Carlisle lacrosse rivalry has been one of the best since the Mid-Penn started and Tuesday night was no exception. Hershey threw a blanket over the Thundering Herd offense, shutting them down for three quarters en route to a 6-4 victory at Ken Millen Stadium.
Faceoffs and ground balls were key. The Trojans controlled both as they also controlled the ball on offense, effectively working the ball around for several minutes at a time and not allowing the potent Herd to get on offense.
Hershey (11-3, 5-0 Keystone) tallied three first quarter goals, two by Mark Sickler and one by Joe Wilson in the final minute of the quarter to shut out the Herd.
Carlisle (10-4, 4-2 Commonwealth) got into the offensive zone twice in the first quarter and took two shots, both saved by Trojan keeper Jacob Fahnestock.
The second period was eerily similar as the Herd threw the ball away twice on offense and the Trojans controlled the ball and the clock. Hershey spent 20 of the first 24 minutes of the first half on offense.
“We really did a nice job on defense by not allowing the big two of Carlisle to get too many chances on offense,” Hershey coach John Schein said. “You can’t give them opportunities or they are going to hurt you — they can’t score if we have the ball on offense. Tonight, was our first win in the stadium — we usually win on the grass field.”
The Herd finally got on the board late in the third quarter as Cole Cantor put in a rebound off of a George Faller shot.
Dillon Lyod and Warren Zeiders sandwiched a Faller goal and the Trojans led 5-2 at the 5:39 mark.
Carlisle tallied two goals within 15 seconds and only trailed by one at the 1:29 mark. The Herd had a chance to tie, but a shot was blocked by the defense and a loose ball penalty on the Herd gave the Trojans the ball with 10 seconds left.
Zeiders added an empty net goal in the final seconds for the final score.
“The effort was there but the level of execution that we have been expecting wasn’t there tonight,” Herd coach Steve Kidder added. “We made some mistakes on offense, but sometimes you have to give credit where credit is due. Sometimes you run into a buzzsaw and they made the plays on ground balls and faceoffs. They probably got three to four ground balls for every one we got.”
Hershey remains atop the Keystone Division, but must face unbeaten Palmyra next Tuesday.