Pioneer defeated crosstown rival Skyline on Wednesday 21-8 in a SEC Red Division girls’ lacrosse matchup at Pioneer.
The night was all about the “OneSevenSix,” which is what Pioneer Coach Zachary Maghes refers to the six seniors in the class of 2017. The six seniors all start for Pioneer and are major contributors on the field.
“Aside from draw controls, our seniors led us in every category,” Maghes said.
Pioneer set a furious pace to begin the game and never looked back. The hosts scored a goal per minute for the first 8 minutes of the game while blanking the Eagles. All five of the seniors who play on the offensive side of the field scored during the evening while the sixth senior, captain Annelore Fleischmann, played her usual role anchoring the defense.
The scoring was led by senior captain Reagan Malcolm who tallied 5 goals and 2 assists on the night. Senior captain Celia Ayers shot a perfect 3 for 3 on the evening including one goal that she plucked perfectly off the turf with what can best be described as a golf swing.
Senior Karleigh Marable torched the net three times and added an assist. Seniors Quinn Moffett and Davney Holley both tallied a goal against Skyline. Andie Tappenden, Julia Hunter, Ava Millman, Raedan Tapia-Stevens, Anna Muckstadt all also contributed a goal.
Freshman Tess Yuhas, who had three goals in the win, also led the team with eight draw controls which helped spark Pioneer’s offensive surge. Other notable statistics on the evening included Celia Ayers leading the team with four ground balls and Reagan Malcolm leading the team with three caused turnovers.
“Whitney Gallagher was the star of the game,” Maghes said.
With Pioneer’s regular goalie out for the game, Gallagher donned the gear and stopped more than half the shots she faced from Skyline. Gallagher’s final tally was nine saves on 17 shots.
In a game that was called tightly by the referees, playing effective defense was difficult. Although Maghes felt that the team “gave up too many” shots to Skyline, Gallagher was there to repeatedly answer the call.
On clears, Gallagher looked like she’d played goalie her entire life and she rarely made mistakes in a pressure environment. Watching Gallagher handle the ball on clears led Maghes to comment that “Whitney was so cool under pressure tonight… almost too cool.”
Gallagher accomplished all this after practicing as a goalie for only 120 minutes prior to the game.
Pioneer hopes to continue their winning streak when they face off against Bloomfield Hills on Friday evening.
“One of our yearly goals is to beat Skyline and Huron,” Maghes said. “These six seniors have never lost a game to another Ann Arbor team over their entire careers.”