Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/3/14
Stephen Cyron delivered four goals and one assist and Will Schreiner collected 12 saves as Avon Grove used a lightning-fast start to record a 10-6 victory over Radnor in the PIAA boys’ lacrosse semifinals Tuesday evening at Henderson’s J. Oscar Dicks Stadium.
The victory sends the two-time District One champion Red Devils (20-4) to the state final Saturday (2:30 p.m.) at Hersheypark Stadium against Penncrest, one win away from the first state title in any sport in school history. Penncrest (24-1), the fifth seed from District 1, advanced with a 15-10 conquest of Disterict 7 runner-up Mt. Lebanon Tuesday.
“We came in here with a chip on our shoulder and now we’re going to Hershey,” said Under Armour All-American attackman Tanner Peck, who picked up a pair of assists. “We came in here real focused from the time we got on the bus to warm-ups. We want to be the one team that ends the season with a win. There are no words to describe this.”
The Red Devils’ swift start also defied description. Goals by Beau Kush, Cyron. Eric Russo and Ryan Cook in the first 10:37 quickly propelled Avon Grove to a 4-0 lead. The advantage was 6-2 at the break and expanded to 9-2 with three unanswered goals at the start of the third quarter, including two from Cyron.
Radnor (17-6), which got two goals each from Jack Fischer and Clayton Proctor, finished with 4-1 run to make things look respectable. But the Raiders were never closer than three goals after the 4-1 first quarter horn.
“We are just more experienced,” said Cyron, a junior. “The chemistry among our attackmen is getting better. My teammates were looking for me when I cut and the ball was right there.”
Schriener, another All-American selection, has been there all season long for Avon Grove, which won its 10th straight game since dropping a 10-7 decision to Bishop Shanahan that essentially decided the Ches-Mont League championship.
“Last year we were so close,” said Schreiner. “This has been our goal since we started working out back in the winter. We have always had the confidence we could do this, and getting that first goal today was vital.”
The Red Devils are showing vitality at both ends of the field.
“Our offense is sharing the ball real well,” said AG coach Eric Jackson, whose club had a 31-29 advantage in groundballs but lost the faceoff battle 13-8 and was outshot 26-24. “The passion’s there. We have been working hard to get close to last year. Penncrest is a tough team, and we realize there is still work to be done.”
Avon Grove 10, Radnor 6
Avon Grove 4 2 3 1 – 10
Radnor 1 1 1 3 – 6
Beau Kush 1g 1a
Stephen Cyron 4g 1a
Ryan Cook 2g 1a
Eric Russo 1g
Tanner Peck 2a
John Moroz 1a
Bryce Reid 2g
Will Schreiner 12 saves
Fischer, Jack 2g
Proctor, Clayton 2g
Camp, Sam 1g, 1a
Savich, Ben 1g
Wilson, Jack 2a
Ryan, Drew 1a
Meyers, Tom 14 for 20 face offs
Andersen, Alex 6 saves