Bucs LAX collects opening round playoff win against St. Albans

2021-2022 Buckhannon-Upshur High School LAX Team KRISTEN HARVEY /The Record Delta

ST. ALBANS — The race for the West Virginia State Lacrosse Championship is underway with the opening round of the West Virginia Scholastic Lacrosse Association tournament. The Buckhannon-Upshur High School Buccaneers Lacrosse Team posted a 5-7 regular season record during the 2022 campaign, putting them in the postseason, but lacking home field advantage throughout the duration of the tournament.  

As the #2-seeded St. Albans Red Dragons welcomed the #3-seeded Buccaneers to town this past Tuesday, May 10, for a highly anticipated match, emotions were running high for both squads. After both teams settled into the rhythm of the game after a few frantic moments, these two teams proved to be evenly matched, going back and forth for most of the game.  

However, in the end the Bucs prevailed, edging out the Red Dragons by a final score of 11-10, to survive and advance to the next round. Head coach D. J. Ray’s Buccaneers earned the win behind a balanced offense which carried the day in this high stake contest, as three players managed to record hat tricks against St. Albans.  

Sophomore Justin Streets earned player of the game honors after pacing Coach Ray’s team by scoring three goals and dishing out a team-high three assists to finish with six total points accounted for. Senior midfielder Luke Bohnsack scored three goals and dished out a pair of assists. Junior attacker Nathen Smith scored three goals to complete the Bucs trifecta of hat tricks against the Red Dragons.  

Fellow senior attacker Aidan Wilson narrowly missed out on being the fourth Buccaneer to record a hat trick, finishing with a solid two goal outing against St. Albans Tuesday night. Junior attacker Tucker Hatfield dished out an assist to round out the Bucs’ notable offensive stats.  

Defensively, senior midfielder Clayton Ware fielded a team-high eleven ground balls, Luke Bohnsack wasn’t far behind with ten of his own. Smith fielded five ground balls, while junior midfielder Kaleb Roby, junior defender Dalton Atwell, junior defender Nick Ray fielded all four ground balls apiece to round out the Bucs’ top defensive performers for Tuesday.  

Bohnsack was dominate in faceoffs, winning fourteen of his twenty-one match-ups against opposing Red Dragon players, while sophomore Kevin Bohnsack won one of his four faceoffs.  

Senior goalkeeper John Hayes II got the start manning the net for the Bucs. In a playoff setting, Hayes picked up the win, playing a full 48 minutes, recording 17 saves, while allowing 10 goals on 27 shot attempts on goal from the Red Dragons.

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