Western Reserve Academy took a few minutes to warm up in the snow and cold on Tuesday night, but once the Pioneers did, they dominated host Kiski (Pa.) in a 14-5 road win. WRA is now 3-0 overall, 1-0 in MSLA play.
After spotting the Cougars a 2-0 lead, WRA, ranked #22 nationally by Inside Lacrosse, roared back to take a 9-4 halftime advantage en route to a 14-5 win. The WRA attack line dominated the scoring with Jared Maznik ‘24 (Harvard) and Josh Schlackman ‘24 (Rutgers) each netting four goals. Charlie Iler ‘23 (Johns Hopkins) recorded two goals and four assists while midfielder Nolan Byrne ‘23 (Lafayette) scored once and set up teammates on three others.
Once again WRA split the goaltending duties. Joe Budington ‘24 (Michigan) played the second half allowing only one goal and recording seven saves. Ty Banks ‘23 (Georgetown), the MSLA preseason player of the year, contributed on both ends of the field, scooping five ground balls and recording two points on a goal and an assist.
The WRA prep team hosts MSLA opponent Cathedral (IN) (0-1) on Saturday, March 18 at 3:00 pm while the WRA varsity team begins intra-state play hosting Olmsted Falls on Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 pm.
WRA 14 at Kiski (PA) 5
Goals: Maznik (4), Schlackman (4), Iler (2), Oudemool (1), Byrne (1), Banks (1), Gombold (1)
Saves: Budington (7), Coryea (2)
Special thank you to Steve Dittmore, parent of Andrew '23 for the above summary!