Tigers Boys Lacrosse Rings Bell in Winning Rivalry Game
May 13, 2022 by Alan Kornspan

On May 6, Geauga County hosted one of the top high school lacrosse matches in the state of Ohio. The second-ranked Chagrin Falls Tigers took on the 11th-ranked Kenston Bombers on an unseasonably cold and rainy spring night.

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On May 6, Geauga County hosted one of the top high school lacrosse matches in the state of Ohio.

The second-ranked Chagrin Falls Tigers took on the 11th-ranked Kenston Bombers on an unseasonably cold and rainy spring night.

Both teams fought hard despite the difficult environmental conditions, but the Tigers pulled away near the end to defeat the Bombers 14-7.

The Tigers followed tradition by ringing the bell after a home victory.

In a rivalry game, anything can happen,” said Chagrin Falls Head Coach Paul Corto. “You know, we were excited to play Kenston. It’s always a fun atmosphere. We knew the crowd was going to be loud, and both communities being only a couple miles away makes it fun.”

With a large crowd and exciting atmosphere, both teams started the match with a high level of intensity. The Tigers took a quick, 2-0 lead, but the Bombers stormed back quickly with two goals of their own.

Shortly thereafter, the Tigers went up 4-2. In fact, for most of the first three quarters, both teams quickly responded to each other’s goals.

Kenston’s Aiden Vanderbilt and Brendan Garvey both scored goals near the end of the second quarter to tie the match at 4.

However, the Tigers quickly responded with two more goals to take a 6-4 lead into halftime.

After halftime, the third quarter progressed in a similar fashion to the first half. The rivals traded goals before Chagrin Falls senior Cam Croasdaile extended the Tigers’ lead to 8-5. Then Kenston came right back with two goals by Tucker Britton and Trent Kreuger to get to within one goal, making it 8-7.

But after that point, the Tigers dominated the rest of the match, closing out the game with six unanswered goals to make the final score 14-7.

It’s a big rivalry match up,” Croasdaile said. “We knew it was going to be a hard game; they always play us tough. We grinded though, and in the end we got the W.”

On the game, the Tigers were led offensively by seniors Croasdaile (five goals), Michael Maschke (three goals) and Fritz Clark (two goals). Freshman standout Sean McKee also had two goals for the Tigers, and juniors Owen Shaw and Max Crandall also scored.

After the match, Coach Corto discussed the excellent play of Croasdaile.

What’s amazing about it is, he pulled two hamstrings earlier in the year and sprained his ankle in the Columbus DeSales game,” Corto said. “He’s been resilient with being able to play through it.

He’s averaging over five goals a game, which is incredible being that he is not anywhere near 100 percent. It all just speaks to his ability to play and fight through the adversity.”

With the victory, the Tigers moved to 12-2 on the season. Coach Corto is very confident in his teams’ ability heading into the OHSAA tournament.

We feel confident in our team and the leadership and the chemistry,” he said. “These boys, no matter what, have been resilient all year. As long as we can stay healthy, we feel good about our chances.”

Chagrin Falls is now ranked second in the Max Preps Ohio High School Lacrosse Rankings, and the Bombers are ranked 11th, as they both prepare for the OHSAA tournament.