by Mark Wiseman
The Pioneer boys’ lacrosse team continues to pile up wins with three more last week in high school action.
On Monday, April 23, Nate Yuhas scored several early goals to get the Pioneers rolling and they never stopped as the hosts defeated crosstown rival Huron 19-1.
On Wednesday, Pioneer defeated Grosse Pointe South 9-5. The Pioneers led 3-0 after the first period and 6-1 at halftime. They took an 8-2 lead into the final period.
Pioneer Men’s Varsity Lacrosse traveled to the Bedford Soccer/Lacrosse field to take on the Bedford Kicking Mules on Friday evening. The story throughout the game was Bedford goal keeper Jacob Nelson. In his first ever start in goal he was superb, robbing Pioneer attackmen and stoning quality scoring opportunities.
But the Pioneer offense proved to be too much. Senior Jack Reid had five goals in the game and senior Nathan Yuhas and junior David Russman each had three goals to launch Pioneer past Bedford. Pioneer won by a final score of 14 – 2.
The first quarter scoring got started quickly as Reid got his first goal of the game just forty seconds into the contest. But despite ten additional shots on goal for Pioneer, Nelson stood tall in net, as Reid’s goal stood alone at the end of the quarter. At the end of the first quarter the score was Pioneer 1 and Bedford 0.
In the second quarter Pioneer increased their offensive intensity, shooting the ball twenty-two times. Pioneer had more shots in the second quarter then Bedford had all game long. The scoring started as Yuhas setup senior Nathan Sadlier for a goal. Then the flood gates started to open in the final three and a half minutes of the first half. Junior Brennan Doyle feed Reid for his second goal of the game. Then Doyle sent a blast of his own into the back of the net fifteen seconds later. Reid closed the scoring in the quarter, capping it off with an unassisted tally. At the end of the second quarter is was Pioneer 5 and Bedford 0.
Reid continued to push as he scored just a minute and forty-six seconds into the third quarter. That was followed by Yuhas’s first of three goals. After a Pioneer penalty, Bedford got on the board with a goal from Junior Nolan Sieg. Pioneer answered back as Yuhas zipped the ball to Reid who fired it home. Then Yuhas called his own number with a rocket into the net. Despite the scored Bedford continued to battle and where rewarded with a goal from sophomore Eli Lozinski ten seconds before the end of the quarter. At the end of the third quarter the scored was Pioneer 9 and Bedford 2.
David Russman got his first of three goals just thirty-nine seconds into the fourth quarter. Then Yuhas sunk his third goal of the game. Russman scored again unassisted. For Russman’s third goal he was very appropriately setup by Yuhas’s third assist. Junior Casey Bremer let loose a blast that resulted in the final goal of the game. The final score was Pioneer 14 and Bedford 2.
Pioneer led the contest for shots on goal with 59 compared to Bedford’s 16. Pioneer also had a great deal of success on faceoffs. Pioneer had 14 faceoff wins to Bedford’s 3. The ground ball battle was much closer, with Pioneer having 47 and Bedford capturing 35.