TENNERTON — Head Coach D.J. Ray and the Buckhannon-Upshur High School Boy’s Lacrosse Team seem to have hit their stride, picking up their third win in four games, to bring the team’s overall record to 3-5 in the season.
After getting off to a 0-4 start to the 2023 campaign, the Bucs have settled in and gelled as a team, finding the chemistry and consistency that they were missing in the month of March.
The Bucs picked up their first win of the season on the road, beating Preston County on Tuesday, April 5 by a final score of 14-7, in what was easily the Bucs best game offensively so far this season. The Bucs kept the positive momentum rolling, outlasting Musselman in a thriller, with their defense holding strong in the games waning minutes to secure the win by a final score of 9-7, earning the team their first home win of the year.
The Bucs’ attempt to win their third consecutive game was foiled by a very talented Morgantown team, who handed the Bucs a 20-2 loss on the road. Returning home to follow up their toughest game so far this season, the Bucs played their most recent game, this past Saturday, April 16. The Bucs showed no signs of dwelling on their last game, scoring a huge home win over St. Albans, by a final score of 14-8.
The senior midfield duo of Luke Bohnsack and Clayton Ware led the way for the Bucs offensively, with both scoring 5 total points apiece. Bohnsack and Ware combined to net 8 goals on 23 shot attempts on goal, with each also dishing out an assist. Together, the two senior midfielders accounted for 8 of the Bucs 14 goals against St. Albans. The pair also were active defensively, helping the Bucs stay on the attack by collecting every loose ball that came their way, with Bohnsack fielding 28 ground balls, while Ware fielded 8.
Fellow senior, attacker Aidan Wilson was not far behind his classmates in terms of production, scoring 3 goals on 7 shot attempts on goal to cap off a productive day for the Bucs’ upperclassmen.
Juniors Kaleb Roby, Lakoda Lantz and Tucker Hatfield each chipped in a goal apiece to round out the scoring numbers for the Bucs against St. Albans.
Coach Ray gave John Hayes II the start nod tending the net for the Bucs. Hayes was effective all night long, recording 16 saves, while allowing only 8 goals, on 24 shot attempts on goal. Hayes save percentage of 66.6% was more than efficient enough to help fend off a St. Albans team that determinedly tried to get back into the game.
The Bucs are scheduled to play a pivotal set of games this Saturday, April 23 in Charleston, against Mountain State and Capital before their next home game on Saturday, April 30 against Harrison County.