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Pioneer Men’s Varsity Lacrosse vs Skyline 04-09-18

Big second half seals victory for Pioneer over cross-town rival Skyline

The Pioneer Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team hosted Skyline on a chilly and snow flurry filled evening at Hollway Field. Senior Jack Reid continued his stellar offensive play, scoring 5 goals and an assist. But the big turning point of the game was a second half shut out for the Pioneer defense to lead them to a 11 to 6 victory over Skyline.

Skyline scored only a minute and ten seconds into the game as Junior Cam Newton cut across the field and fired a shot from the far hash marks that found the back of the net. Pioneer answered back 3 minutes and 15 seconds later as Senior Nathan Yuhas grabbed a pass from Senior Zane Jones and tied the game. Two scores by Junior Brennan Doyle, both assisted by Yuhas gave Pioneer a two goal lead. But Sophomore Issac Lippert stopped the Pioneer goal run when he rifled a goal home. Reid scored the first of his five goals when he cut from behind the goal around the near side and took a jump shot that tickled the twine. Skyline again answered, this time with a pair of goals to tie the game: one by Freshmen Kevin Nguyen and the other by Newton. At the end of the first, it was Pioneer 4 and Skyline 4.

Early in the second period, Reid put Pioneer ahead again with his second goal. But the lead would only last a few minutes as Newton scored his third goal. Then Skyline took the lead as Lippert scored his second goal on a man up opportunity with only nine seconds remaining in the half. At the end of the second quarter it was Pioneer 5 and Skyline 6.

Pioneer set the tone in the third quarter and the defense increased its intensity. Reid opened the second half scoring by spinning off a check, allowing him to gain position just outside of the crease and whip the ball into the netting. Senior Jack Milling followed by getting his first goal of the season, and scoring what would be the game winner. Reid had another goal to extend the lead. Then Junior David Russman ended the period scoring with a blast for the far hash marks. At the end of the third quarter it was Pioneer 9 and Skyline 6.

In the fourth, Reid netted his fifth and final goal 2 minutes and 57 seconds into the quarter. Yuhas scored the final goal of the game when he snagged a pass from Reid and ripped it into the goal. The defense and Junior Goalie Jackson Roberts completed the second half shut out allowing only five shots on goal in the second half and solid goalkeeping. The final score was Pioneer 11 and Skyline 6.

Pioneer dominated the shots on goal with 38 shots compared to Skyline’s 17. Skyline won the faceoffs 10 to 9 overall, but in the second half Pioneer had 5 to Skyline’s 2. Ground balls were close, as Pioneer had 18 and Skyline 16.

Pioneer Goals: Jack Reid – 5, Nathan Yuhas – 2, Brennan Doyle – 2, Jack Milling – 1, David Russman – 1

Pioneer Assists: Nathan Yuhas – 2, Zane Jones – 1, Jack Reid – 1

Skyline Goals: Cam Newton – 3, Issac Lippert – 2, Kevin Nguyen – 1

Skyline Assists: N/A

Pioneer’s next game is on the road, April 13th, vs Rockford. Faceoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm. The game will be played at Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes St NE, Rockford, MI 49341.

– by Mark Wiseman, the play-by-play voice of Pioneer Men’s Varsity Lacrosse. Both live and past games can be found at