By Mark Wiseman
The Pioneer Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team traveled to Hornet Stadium to take on Saline. Saline entered the match 6–0 on the year and ranked third in the state, according to LaxPower.com. Pioneer could not find a way to slow down Saline’s offense, who scored four goals in each of the quarters. Saline Junior Tanyr Krummenacher proved to be particularly unrelenting as he scored six goals and had six assists in the game. Pioneer outscored Saline in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough, as Saline won by a final score of 16–8.
The first quarter was completely controlled by Saline. Senior Jack Loveland started the scoring 1:31 into the quarter, getting his first of five goals on the day. Then, after a pair of penalties put Pioneer two men down, Krummenacher scored on an assist from Loveland. Saline continued the goal run as Krummenacher winged it to senior Jackson Fairman who buried his shot. The final goal of the quarter came in the waning moments, with only 33 seconds left on the clock, Krummenacher rifled home his second of the game. The first quarter ended with a score of Pioneer 0 and Saline 4.
Saline continued their goal run in the second quarter when Loveland scored off a feed from Krummenacher. Pioneer was able to get on the board when senior Zain Souweidane raced deep into the attack zone, then zipped the ball to Sophomore Nixon Holley who ripped it into the goal. Saline came back with another goal run, this time scoring three in a row before half-time. Both Loveland and Krummenacher added to their totals, while Junior Chris Peters got his first of two goals in the game.
Pioneer opened the third quarter scoring as senior Nathan Yuhas found Junior David Russman for the goal. Saline again stormed back with a pair of goals: one by Loveland and one by senior defenseman Omar Mahmud. Pioneer cut into the lead as senior Jack Reid scored on a jump shot from five yards out. Once more Saline answered with a pair of goals, this time by Krummenacher and Fairman. At the end of the third quarter it was Pioneer 3 and Saline 12.
Yuhas got his first of three goals in the fourth quarter as he took a pass from Holley and rocketed it into the goal. Loveland responded for Saline, pushing the lead back to nine. Then Pioneer put together a two-goal run. Reid and Russman got the tallies, both assisted by Yuhas. Saline’s Peters stopped the goal run when he scored on a pass from Krummenacher. Pioneer once more put together a two-goal run to try to claw back, both scored by Yuhas. The first was setup by a fake shot that allowed him to slip behind the defense, and second was a blast from between the hash marks. But Krummenacher had the final say, with two goals of his own to finish off the game. The final score was Pioneer 8 and Saline 16.
Saline led in shots and faceoffs, with 37 shots on goal to Pioneer’s 28. Saline had 17 faceoff wins to Pioneer’s 9. The ground balls where even, both teams getting 29.
Pioneer Goals: Nathan Yuhas – 3, Jack Reid – 2, David Russman – 2, Nixon Holley – 1
Pioneer Assists: Nathan Yuhas – 3, Nixon Holley – 1, Zain Souweidane – 1
Saline Goals: Tanyr Krummenacher – 6, Jack Loveland – 5, Jackson Fairman – 2, Chris Peters – 2, Omar Mahmud – 1
Saline Assists: Tanyr Krummenacher – 6, Jackson Fairman – 1, Jack Loveland – 1, Chris Peters – 1
Pioneer’s next game is at Howell on Friday, April 20th. This is a makeup game for the contest originally scheduled on April 4th. The game will face off at 7:00 pm at Parker Middle School, 400 Wright Rd, Howell, MI 48843.
Mark Wiseman is the play-by-play voice of Pioneer Men’s Varsity Lacrosse. Both live and past games can be found at www.ArborBroadcasting.com