Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/1/13
Beau Kush and Stephen Cyron each scored two goals and Anthony Cardile won 12 of 14 face-offs as Avon Grove defeated Wilson-West Lawn, 7-4, today at Henderson High in the PIAA boys’ lacrosse quarterfinals.
The District 1 champion Red Devils (21-3) will play fellow Chester County foe Conestoga in the state semis on Tuesday at Exeter at 1 p.m. Avon Grove defeated Conestoga, 6-5, 11 days ago in the District 1 semifinals.
Wilson finished at 23-3.
It was blistering hot day on the field and the game was decided by time of possession. Avon Grove faceoff man Cardile dominated at the X, helping Avon Grove dictate the pace of the game and grind down the Wilson defense.
“We knew it was a hot day, and we thought we had an advantage at the faceoff X,” said Avon Grove coach Eric Jackson. “We were able to get the ball and work for good shots.”
Bryce Reid gave Avon Grove the lead early, but Wilson’s Matt Close tied the game up at 1-1 near the end of the first quarter.
Cardile continued his strong play at the faceoff X as Avon Grove dominated the second quarter. Kush fired a shot past Wilson goalie Trey Yetter, but Connor Howell answered for the Bulldogs.
Kush struck right back with a high snipe on Yetter to give Avon Grove a lead it would not relinquish. Eric Russo extended the lead to 4-2 when he skipped a shot through Yetter’s legs. Tanner Peck followed up with a changeup that fooled the Wilson goalie, and Avon Grove took over.
Avon Grove’s defense was superb in limiting Wilson’s opportunities and forcing ill-advised shots that goalie Will Schreiner could see easily. Schreiner made some athletic stops from in tight, and finished the game with eight saves.
“Will has been unbelievable for us all season,” Jackson said of his keeper. “He is an outstanding player, great leader for us and the guy that gets us going.”
Schreiner’s play allowed Avon Grove to press out and pressure Wilson into some costly turnovers that prevented the Bulldogs to establish any flow.
“He always has our back and makes us look really good,” said Avon Grove defender Brendan McNicholas. “It makes you more comfortable when you’re one-on-one with a guy and he takes a shot on you, you feel comfortable having Will back there ready to make a save.”
Peck and Cyron scored back to back goals for the Red Devils and Cardile continued his dominance on faceoffs in the third quarter. Cardile allowed Avon Grove to slow the pace down by regaining possession after goals to seal the game.
“It’s a huge advantage to have Anthony winning face-offs because it stops the fast breaks and it gives us time to rest,” McNicholas said. “It really helps us to have our legs under us late in the game.”
The second half was all about Avon Grove’s defense. After a Ryan Connelly goal for Wilson, the defense stood firm, especially in transition. Wilson was poised to get a goal back on a five-on-three fast break, but the Avon Grove defense pressed out and swallowed up the ball carrier to force a turnover.
“We know we have to come out and play hard and fast as a unit, talk and get our slides down,” said McNicholas. “If we can do that every game, I think we can hold teams to low scores.”
Julian Jackson gave Wilson some hope with a late goal, but it came too late as Avon Grove shut the door to preserve the 7-4 victory.
Avon Grove 7, Wilson-West Lawn 4
Avon Grove 1 3 3 0 – 7
Wilson 1 1 1 1 – 4
Beau Kush 2 goals
Stephen Cyron 2 goals
Eric Russo 1 goal
Tanner Peck 1 goal
Bryce Reid 1 goal
Anthony Cardile 12 for 14 on faceoffs
Will Schreiner 8 saves
Matt Close 1 goal
Ryan Connelly 1 goal
Julian Jackson 1 goal
Connor Howell 1 goal, 1 assist
Mitchell Phillips 1 assist
Trey Yetter 6 saves
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