The Saline varsity boys’ lacrosse team opened the spring 2018 season by defeating UD Jesuit, 16-7.
Davis Bruneau scored five goals and had two assists for Saline. Jack Loveland scored three goals and had three assists. Junior Chris Peters, in his first varsity game, scored three goals and had an assist. Tanyr Krummenacher scored twice and had two assists. Also scoring for Saline were Benjamin Aretha, George Gatecliff and Jake Leslie. Collin Clark led the Hornets with six ground balls. Sammy Richards won 7 of 9 faceoffs. In goal, Shane Winkelseth stopped 8 of 13 shots.
Saline varsity lacrosse head coach Ryan Crawford was pleased by the team’s play.
“Overall, it was a great team win. Shane played great in goal and really kept us in the game early on. The two young faceoff guys, Sammy Richards and Connor Martin, controlled the ‘X’ and when you can play ‘make it, take it,’ it really puts the opponent on their heels,” Crawford said.
Crawford liked the way his defense played.
“I thought our defense played the best I’ve seen in years. Omar (Mahmud) and Shane (Winkelseth) work great together communicating and controlling the slide package,” Crawford said. “Collin Clark led the team in ground balls and played a great game, overall. The offense was pushing and getting good, quality shots. Top to bottom, we were happy with the effort and the result.”
It took almost nine minutes for the first goal. Peters scored from just outside the crease. Exactly a minute later, on the man advantage, Loveland scored from Krummenacher.
Saline opened the second quarter with another goal on the man advantage. Loveland took a pass from Bruneau, rolled in from behind the net and scored. After UD Jesuit got on the board, Bruneau made it 4-1 with a quick move in front of the goal.
Saline led 4-1 at halftime.
The Hornets blew the game open in the third. Krummenacher scored 35 seconds into the third quarter. Then he set up Bruneau’s goal 50 seconds later to make it 6-1. Peters scored the next two goals. Both goals came from just a few yards in front of the net. And both goals ended with him taking a hit and celebrating from the turf.
He impressed his coach.
“He's a junior attackman that played really well in his first varsity game. He adds a dimension to the offense that we lacked last season. He's a big, strong kid that's willing to take a hit to score,” Crawford said.
Leslie made it 9-1 with a rip from 15 yards. UD Jesuit scored two goals to make it 9-3. Krummenacher, who played feisty, in-your-face lacrosse all night, scored a great goal with 24 seconds left to play in the third. He ran the ball back toward center about 10 yards, then spun off his man, ran about 10 yards forward and then cut to the middle before whipping a shot past the goalie.
The Saline Post 3 Stars
- Davis Bruneau – Has the size and strength to take abuse and dish it out, but has really quick hands and makes goalies miss a lot.
- Jack Loveland – He was the man in the middle who made it happen all night. Protected the ball. Won four ground balls and scored three goals and had three assists.
- Chris Peters – There were lots of Hornets worthy of mention, including goalie Shane Winkelseth, defender Collin Clark and faceoff man Sammy Richards, but it’s hard to ignore a hat trick for a guy in his first varsity game.