Six Canton players tallied at least two goals Monday night as the Chiefs steamrolled Walled Lake Western 19-10 in a Kensington Conference varsity boys lacrosse match.
The Chiefs (5-3), who will square off 1:30 Saturday at the Park against Salem (varsity turf field), came out strong against the Warriors and never looked back.
Spearheading the romp with four goals each were junior attackman Carson Pakula and junior midfielder Jay Krebs. Chipping in with two goals a piece were senior attackmen Brocton Baechler, Austin Bauer, senior midfielder Gerald Belanger and junior Micah Rinke.
Also finding the mark were senior midfielder Nolan Gilo, junior midfielders Ben Phillips and Lukas Pashigian.
Canton’s best offensive surges bookended the contest. The Chiefs led 6-2 after the first period and 11-5 at halftime, but then scored seven times in the fourth to blow open a relatively close game (it was 12-9 after three quarters).
Helping to close out the victory in the fourth was a solid defense anchored by junior goaltender Trevor Stahl, who gave up just one tally in the frame. He faced 25 shots on the night.
The Wildcats’ varsity boys lacrosse team defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 9-3 Friday to even their record at 4-4. Plymouth jumped out early when Nolan Ouellette netted two quick goals.
Taking things from there were Kyle Robertson and Justin Brodzik, who each registered three-goal hat tricks. The other marker was scored by Derek Szczepanik.
At the other end of the field, goalie Trevor McManus was outstanding, making 15 saves. Protecting McManus with excellent defense were Ben Stover, Ben Riley, Tyler Ramer, Charlie Shaver, Grant Koppelberger, Andrew Withers and Brady Terechenok.
Howell tennis invite
Veteran leadership and team depth were credited with helping Plymouth’s varsity girls tennis team win the Howell Invitational.
Head coach Robert McLaren noted that he had to shuffle his lineup due to the ACT and other academic conflicts.
Several junior varsity players stepped in and the Wildcats did not miss a beat, finishing with 17 points.
Plymouth edged South Lyon (16 points) and Howell (15 points).
Illness curtailed No. 1 singles player Sarah Gamble, despite a gallant effort. But the Wildcats took the 2-4 flights, with Amber Tseng winning all three matches without losing more than a game at No. 2 singles.
In the No. 3 spot was Kara Hug, who also swept to victory. Senior Alexa Earls “adjusted her game well when she was called upon to switch from doubles to 4 singles. She won all three matches in straight sets.”
Also solid was the doubles lineup of Tiahn Horton-Emma Mullenax (No. 1), Alyssa Lopez-Lauren Conley (No. 2), Arwa Harawala-Justine Ko (No. 3), Amy Luo-Emily Solecki (No. 4) and Bei Li-Martin-Dani Escalera-Sanchez (No. 5).