Doylestown, 2010 DII national runners up, and the Lancaster Roses meet Saturday in a match of unbeatens.
Doylestown hasn’t lost a Mid-Atlantic league game since 2009, but the Roses look poised to potentially knock off the Dragons. In just two games, Lancaster has compiled 107 points on 21 tries.
The Roses missed out on the 2011 postseason. Has been getting back to the playoffs been a motivating factor for their blazing hot start?
“Absolutely,” said Lancaster’s Mike Deeley. “Scores are scores. They happen. The biggest thing we’re trying to do is pull through wins. It’s a motivating factor, not to pile up points, but to get to the playoffs, period.”
Doylestown vs. Lancaster is an old derby, one filled with mutual respect.
“That’s a series that’s been going on for years,” said Deeley. “We’ve been bumping heads with them for years, and I’ve got to say it’s been a pleasure. They’re a respectful bunch of guys and we’ve always had some hard-fought games.”
Doylestown beat Lancaster handily last season, 38-0, but the Roses are on an uptick and optimistic this time around.
“We put together some different things here this year, we have a lot of positive coming up right now, so we’re definitely hitting playoffs this year,” Deeley said.
If Doylestown wins, they maintain sole possession of first place. If Lancaster wins, they could jump into first, depending on how 2-1 Wilmington does against Hibernians.