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AW Boys Lacrosse Gets Wins Over BG, Ann Arbor Teams

Anthony Wayne sophomore Tanner Gill-Snow works for one of his three goals against Ann Arbor Pioneer last Saturday in a 12-9 Generals victory. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEANETTE MATTHEWS

BY JOEL SENSING | MIRROR SPORTS – The Anthony Wayne boys lacrosse team upped its record to 5-4 overall with a pair of wins last week. AW 12, Bowling Green 6 Junior Tanner Wixey scored four goals to pace the Generals to a 12-6 road win over Bowling Green on April 18. “There are times when we play down to the level of the other team and other times, we play really good ball,” said AW coach Ross Mellgren. “I’ve noticed that we come out and play the other team’s style of play. I told the guys we need to play our style right from the start. When we do that, we’re really good.” Juniors Nathan Aranyosi and Jack Wyper each scored a goal in the first quarter, while Wixey added his first two scores to give AW a 4-1 lead after 12 minutes. Anthony Wayne freshman Mason Alberts and sophomore Tanner Gill-Snow each scored in the second, which ended with the score 6-3. The Generals kept scoring in the third as Wixey, Aranyosi and junior Gabe Facenda found the net. Heading into the final quarter, the visitors held a 9-4 advantage. The teams traded goals in the final stanza, with Wixey, Gill-Snow and sophomore Carson Orr doing the damage for AW. Senior Cooper Heck finished with two assists, while Wixey, Gill-Snow, Facenda, Alberts and Wyper each had one. Defensively, junior Myles Leeds made seven saves to earn the win. Heck picked up 10 ground balls, while Alberts (two takeaways) and sophomore Nolan Bishop (one takeaway) each had five ground balls, Wyper and sophomore Chase Alberts had three and senior Alex Keckler recorded two takeaways. AW 12, Ann Arbor Pioneer 9 Trailing 6-1 early, the Generals came storming back to take a 12-9 victory over visiting Ann Arbor Pioneer last Saturday. Heck scored in the first quarter, but the Pioneers put four on the board in the early going, taking a 4-1 lead into the second. When the visitors scored twice more early in the second, it appeared as if they may be on their way to a rout in Whitehouse. AW wasn’t about to let that happen, however, and goals by Orr and Wixey put it within striking distance at 6-3 at halftime. “At the half, I told the guys they were good enough to beat this team,” Mellgren said, explaining he told the team how important it was to strike first in the second half. Sure enough, Gill-Snow scored an unassisted goal to make it 6-4. “We did exactly that and that sparked them,” Mellgren said of the strong start to the third. “There was tons of energy on the bench, the guys were jumping up and down. It was just what we needed.” Although the teams traded goals in the ensuing minutes (by Heck and Wixey), Wixey was able to score once more at the end of the stanza, cutting the Pioneers lead to 9-7. Twenty seconds into the final quarter, Heck cut the Ann Arbor lead to one. Both the defense and the offense took it from there, as Anthony Wayne scored four more times (Gill-Snow two goals, Aranyosi and Wixey one each) to take the 12-9 win. Mason Alberts finished with two assists, while Aranyosi, junior Jack Moses, Keckler, and Facenda each had one. Leeds made seven saves between the pipes, while Moses (three ground balls, one takeaway), Keckler (one ground ball, one takeaway), Mason Alberts (two ground balls, two takeaways) and Chase Alberts (one ground ball, two takeaways) contributed defensively. “We learned against Pioneer that we can come back and win,” Mellgren said, noting the team must match its second-half intensity in the early going of games. “We’re not playing like we can in the first half. We need to figure out something that gets us hyped up before it’s time to take the field, harness that mentality and then play with it in every quarter of the game. Getting that bravado is a goal going forward.” Junior Varsity The JV Generals won handily versus Pioneer, 8-1, to up its overall record to 3-1-1. AW was dominant from the first faceoff, scoring five goals in the first half while shutting out the Pioneers through the first half of play. Heading into the break, Anthony Wayne held a 7-0 lead. Nathan Ice led the offense with two goals, while Orr, Chase Alberts, Caleb Dachenhaus, Will Dalagiannis, Andy Olson and Elijah Strayer each had one. Seth Young made four saves in the contest, while Pat Miller, Chase Alberts and Dalton Yost (three ground balls each), Mason Alberts, Olson, Jacob Kahl and Jake Caputo (two ground balls each) and Chase Alberts (two takeaways) all impacted the game defensively. “It was the best game I’ve seen them play,” said JV coach Logan Kuharchek. “They came ready and fired up and it showed on the field. “We just talked in practice about how we need intensity and high-percentage shots and we need to start hounding ground balls more. “I’m really proud that they’ve come this far and put up numbers like this (23 ground balls). It shows that they listen and that they care and that’s the best kind of team a coach can ask for.”

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