JV Game Summary
The Kenosha Raptors JV Lacrosse Team earned a commanding 12-3 victory over the Oak Creek Knights on Tuesday night. The Raptors were paced by Junior Gavin Gutman, who collected 5 goals in the contest, and was the lynchpin of the Raptors offensive unit. The Raptors also received scoring assistance from sophomore Carter Kuryanowicz with three tallies, Owen Kams with one goal (on his birthday!), Evan Denisi, and Matteo Bucholtz with another, who could not be confined to the defensive side of the field for too long. The Raptors were orchestrated by the presence between the pipes, sophomore goaltender Aden Yance, who has yet to give up more than 8 goals in a contest, and has given up only 11 goals this season. Yance received defensive support from sophomore stalwart John Bogdala, Alex Donkor, and Zach Moyer. The Raptors look ahead to their next contest, a duel with the men of Brookfield High School, on Home on Wednesday, May 5th.
Varsity Game Summary
The “Cardiac” Kenosha Raptors may have been responsible for a few raised heart rates on Tuesday night, as they managed to complete the comeback and dismiss the Oak Creek Knights, 7-5, in an exhilarating contest. Down 4-2 at the halfway point, the Raptors played with poise and passion in the second half, dismantling the Knights the remainder of the game. The Raptors were led by senior Ashton Valentine, who has continued his scoring tear with 4 goals in the contest. He now has 7 goals in two games, lofty numbers for the newly-minted cadet. Also providing their input on the offensive end were Connor Beinlich, Sean Robinson, and Andrew Stich, who was critical to the Raptor’s success at every facet of the game. From the faceoff X, senior Kane Palmer was instrumental, operating with a unique mixture of finesse and strength to wrestle the ball away from the Oak Creek unit time and time again, providing the Raptors with crucial offensive possessions.
Defensively, the Raptors were held together by another impressive outing for the senior net minder, Patrick Stalman, who was the anchor to an already potent defensive collective. You might be convinced good goaltenders grow on trees in Kenosha, but Stalman is playing like he was created in a laboratory. Providing Stalman with support were close-defensemen Dylan Connell, Payton Metzger, and Stich, a fearsome trio who provided little space for the Oak Creek offense to operate. The group has been playing together at a high level, and the chemistry is apparent. The Raptors move to 1-1 on the year, and prepare for the next test, a game against the Hamilton Chargers on Thursday.