SILVER SPRING TWP. — “Shock the nation.”
Those were the words freshman attack Drew Godfrey used to describe Trinity’s goal for the season. His older brother, Ryan Godfrey, used the phrase last season during Carlisle’s postseason run and the younger Godfrey hopes to keep it alive.
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Fittingly so, as Trinity continues to shock “the nation” with another historic run for the program. After making it to their first state appearance last season, the No. 2 Shamrocks (16-2) secured a spot in the state tournament with a 14-9 win over No. 7 Lancaster Country Day (13-5) from Eagle View Middle School in the District 3 Class 2A quarterfinals Thursday night.
No. 3 Susquehannock (15-3), which beat Red Land 24-8 Wednesday, awaits the Shamrocks in Monday’s semifinals at a site and time to be determined.
The early PIAA berth is a notable improvement from last year’s squad that needed to win elimination games to qualify for the first time.
“Last year we came in fifth because we lost in the second round and then went to states,” said Godfrey, who had four goals. “It’s just a great feeling ... we’re all meshing really well and we’re all getting hype. You know, we’re keeping it together. Shock the nation.”
Godfrey admitted that the team was a little nervous and wasn’t sure what to expect against the Cougars. Luke Walling was the first to open the scoring for Lancaster Country Day with a sneaky shot past Josh Miller with 5:44 remaining in the first quarter.
But moments later, it was Godfrey with the equalizer. From there, LCD tallied two in a row to take the lead back, only for Trinity’s Lance Smith to score twice and Godfrey again, making it 4-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Trinity then opened the floodgates.
Godfrey’s hat trick with 6:09 remaining in the second led to four goals in a row for the Shamrocks. The run put them up 9-5 at halftime.
“The first quarter, really, was just trying to figure each other out and see what we were going to do,” Trinity head coach Dave Heisey said.
Trinity didn’t let up after the information, extending the run to 8-0 — 14 minutes without a Lancaster goal — before the Cougars got any sort of breakthrough, a Joe Loiseau goal to stop the bleeding temporarily at 13-6.
Trinity’s defense was simply dominant during the game-deciding stretch.
The Shamrocks were keeping the Cougars out of the offensive half, forcing turnovers — Trinity had 11 to Lancaster’s nine — and blocking shots in front of Miller in net. The Shamrocks pride themselves on this year’s defensive effort, a formula they hope ends in a District 3 championship.
“I’ll tell you what, they have been [good] all year,” Heisey said. “The big thing was making sure our middies got back on defense in the transition, but when we were 6-on-6 I wasn’t really concerned — we’ll give up a single-digit goal [total].
“[Miller] is fired up, he’s pumped up. He’s focused. He’s really become a leader at the end of the season. In the beginning of the season he was more within himself, and now he’s very demonstrative and really getting these guys pumped up.”
Starters Drew Zak, Matt Funk and Connor Knittle have been shutdown defenders for the Shamrocks all season, closing scoring or passing lands and giving Miller a clear line of sight to the ball. Miller, one of the Mid-Penn’s top netminders, made nearly 20 saves.