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Boys Varsity Takes Over First Place

By Coach Danny Rossi 05/09/2021, 11:15am CDT

If you didn’t know before, you sure do now: those Raptors are rolling! On Thursday, the Kenosha Raptors handled the league-leading Oconomowoc Raccoons, 9-5. This win marks the Raptors’ fourth straight victory, and has propelled them to the top of the Classic 8 - White division.


If I was feeling particularly lazy, I could have easily copy-and-pasted my exact words from my last write-up and placed them here: the Men of Kenosha were again paced by the senior and Air Force Academy-inductee Ashton Valentine, who managed to accrue 5 goals in the contest, continuing his rampage through the Classic 8. Valentine now has 22 goals in 5 games, placing him into a tie for the second-most goals in Wisconsin High School Lacrosse. Impressive play from the rock-solid senior, who shows little signs of stopping. Junior Connor Bienlich would not be left out, slotting three goals past the Raccoon defense before even the first half had elapsed. His inspired play in the early goings of the contest set the tone for a disciplined and lethal Raptors offensive unit.


At the face-off dot, draw-man Kane Palmer continues to excellent form, commanding ground balls and earning important possessions for this Raptors team. Without him, the Raptors would be looking for answers, however, ‘Kaner’ always seems to have them. His herculean output has been essential for this extended Raptors win streak.


Defensively, Edgewood-signee Andrew Stich was again the lynchpin of a formidable and cohesive Raptor defensive collective, conducting and choreographing another excellent defensive outing. Although he is headed to Madison next year, I can’t help but to enviously imagine him scooping up ground balls and causing turnovers in a Carthage Firebirds’ jersey. Alas. The Raptors have allowed more than 6 goals to only one offense the entire 2021 season, due in large part to the efforts of defensive quarterback Stich, as well as crease-man Dylan Connell, Payton Metzger, and John Bogdala, who have each grown into their role and become nearly impenetrable as an ensemble. Defense would be futile, however, without the assistance of the two spark-plugs in the midfield, Oliver Hulbert and Owen Kams, who have each exceeded expectations and become crucial parts of the transition game. And of course, the defense efforts would be fruitless without the ever-present and ever-proficient performances of next-level netminder Patrick Stalman, who continues to rise to every challenge placed in front of him, and then some. Stalman is the gas to the Raptors’ fire, and the Men of Kenosha will go as far as he takes them.


With this victory the Raptors have earned a seat at the very top of the Classic 8 - White division with a record of 4-1. The Gentlemen prepare for a tough test on the horizon, however, as the Cedarburg Bulldogs travel to Westosha Central to take on the Raptors on Friday, May 14th, in what has become a clash between the top-two teams in the Classic 8 - White, with the Raptors hunting for revenge for their early loss to the Bulldogs.

Kenosha Lacrosse vs. Hamilton

By Coach Danny Rossi 04/30/2021, 9:45am CDT

  • Kenosha Lacrosse Writeup 4/29/21 vs. Hamilton
    It may not be Jurassic Park, but somebody should keep an eye out for those Raptors! The men of Kenosha blazed past the Hamilton Chargers on Thursday, 12-6, due in large part to a significant input from the senior class. The Raptors erupted to an early 5 goal lead and never looked back, keeping the Chargers at bay for the remaining three stanzas with stout defense and disciplined offense.
    Picking up right where he left off, Air Force Academy-inductee Ashton Valentine continues to soar to new heights,
    collecting another 4 goals in the contest. This gives him 12 tallies on the season, which places him at 3rd in the entire state of Wisconsin in the category.  Not only can he score, however, as Valentine also managed to dish out 2 assists, giving him 6 points total in the duel. His last name may be Valentine, but there is no love for opposing defenses when Ashton is in the game.
    Likewise, Edgewood College Lacrosse signee Andrew Stich has also continued his impressive stretch of play, as he controlled
    the defensive core and remained a rock-solid presence in the middle of the field for the Raptors. He collected his second
    goal in as many games, marking the first scoring streak of Stich’s storied career. Just as baseball has ‘5-tool’ players, we have found our ‘3-tool’ player in Stich: defense, transition, and offense. His threat level for opposing teams continues to rise.
    Face-off maestro Kane Palmer also remained in top form, as he dominated the draw in convincing fashion against the Chargers. Not to be denied on offense, Palmer chipped in 2 goals and an assist as well, preserving what has become a string of high-level lacrosse for the senior.
    Rounding out the offensive ensemble, sophomore Carter Kuryanowicz completed his hat-trick in the closing seconds of
    the game, scoring three goals and adding an assist, which would become the cherry-on-top for a fantastic outing from the
    budding playmaker. Other scorers included Gavin Gutman and Connor Beinlich, who also has a multi game scoring streak of his own.
    Defensively, the Raptors remained as air-tight as ever, allowing only 6 goals while in the absence of veteran netminder
    Patrick Stalman. You may not have even noticed Stalman’s unavailability, however, as his understudy, the sensational
    sophomore Aden Yance, made everything look business as usual, weathering the Charger offense time and time again.
    You may want to call the Kenosha defense Alcatraz Island, because once you get locked in, you simply can’t escape.  Led by hard-nosed defensemen Payton Metzger, Dylan Connell, John Bogdala, and Stich, the Raptor defense is playing inspired, energetic, and downright angry defense. Early condolences to the next offense who has to come toe to toe with this group.
    With this victory, the Raptors move to 2-1 and find themselves nestled into a tie for 2nd place in the Classic 8 - White Conference. The Men of Kenosha continue to work towards their next battle, a meeting with the Brookfield Lancers at home on Wednesday, May 5th.

JV & Varsity Gain Wins Over Oak Creek

By Coach Danny Rossi 04/28/2021, 11:45am CDT

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.

Joey  Wright

Joey Wright

Head Coach

Phone: 847-420-2196

Danny Rossi

Danny Rossi

Asst. Coach