Both Kenston Teams Fall
June 3, 2021

Kenston boys and girls lacrosse

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Boys

Girls

Hathaway Brown 18, Kenston 5

Kenston girls lacrosse had a banner year that included 15 wins, a top seed in Division II Region 6, and two home playoff wins — all of this under second-year head coach Sean Kobunski.

The Bombers (15-4-1) season would come to an end May 26 with a 18-5 loss to fourth-seed Hathaway Brown. This was the second time the Blazers defeated the Bombers; the other was a regular season 16-10 win on May 1, ending a 10-game winning streak for Kenston.

Following the early May loss to Hathaway Brown, the Bombers would go on to win five of seven games, including postseason wins at home over Orange (16-2) and against 10th-seed Gilmour Academy (13-6).

The loss to the Blazers came with a huge first half from the visiting perennial power as they jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first 12 minutes of the game. They held a 13-3 lead at halftime.

“First time in a long time a team not named Chagrin Falls was first in the state,” said Kobunski, “and this is the first time Kenston has ever made a regional semifinal. We have a lot coming back; there is a lot to be optimistic about when it comes to Kenston Girls Lacrosse. ”

The Bombers will graduate a special group of seniors including Molly Hubert, Dylan Britton, Jenna Piazza and Cameryn Walters. Piazza was second on the team with 43 goals and led the team with 27 assists. Hubert contributed 26 goals, and Britton added 24.

Piazza will play lacrosse at Montevallo (AL), while Britton will continue her career at Youngstown State. Piazza was recently named First-Team All-State and All-Region by the OHSGLCA. She was joined on the All-State team by junior Maddie Blazey, who was second-team and finished the season with 67 goals.

Walters, First-Team All Region goalie, had 126 regular season saves in goal for the Bombers. She will be attending Mount Union to continue her track and field career. Walters split time between the lacrosse field and throwing cage this spring. She has the second-best qualifying throw in the field and will compete in the discus at the OHSAA Regional Meet.

“When it comes to legacy,” Kobunski added, “four seniors that put a stamp on a program like Cameryn, Jenna, Molly and Dylan did, that’s a group of four I don’t believe many will come close to touching. This junior class is going to test it. They’re passing the torch to a really talented class, but they’re going to be missed big time.”

Gilmour 14, Kenston 6

Kenston boys lacrosse team notched a major milestone toward the end of season, winning in a playoff-type battle over Riverside, 10-9, to clinch the first-ever Wester Reserve Conference title.

Then the third-seeded Bombers had their eyes on a bigger prize: OHSAA tournament success. They reached regional semifinals with recent home wins over St. Vincent-St. Mary (22-4) and Kent Roosevelt (15-5).

The tournament run came to an end in a highly anticipated matchup against fifth-seeded Gilmour, which had advanced with a major upset against two-seed University School (8-7).

The Lancers had beaten Kenston, 13-7, only 12 days before to end the regular season. And the Bombers dropped the rematch as well, 14-6.

“It was frustrating because the boys came out on fire,” said head coach John Tallman. “We spent the two weeks (after an early Gilmour loss) saying we want revenge, and when it fell our way, we got into it. Then at some point in the game, we just shut it down.”

Kenston started the contests with two quick goals from Aiden Vanderbilt and Trent Krueger in the first three minutes. Gilmour answered with four goals in the last six minutes of the first quarter, and the Bombers trailed 4-3.

The Bombers would then get outscored 6-2 over the next two quarters and trail 10-5 going into the fourth. Gilmour kept the pedal all the way down, scoring the first four goals of the quarter to finish the night with 14.

Kenston was limited to three goals over the last 40 minutes of the game.

Tallman pointed to a loss of focus being the culprit in the latter stage of the game.

“On defense, we just stop communicating,” he said. “If you’re not going to talk, you’re going to be in trouble.”

The Bombers will graduate five seniors, but a strong core of underclassmen will undoubtedly be looking to improve on the 10-10 record this season. Junior Brendan Garvey led the team with 46 goals this season. Freshman Tommy Garveryhad 25, while junior Jamison Parker had 21 goals, 134 ground balls and a 65 percent face-off win percentage.

“Season overall, we won the WRC (and) we got a bunch of kids on the All-WRC and All-Region teams,” Tallman said. “There are a lot of positives to take away from it. We have a ton of sophomores and juniors moving up and a lot of really talented kids on junior varsity.”

Despite Wednesday night’s loss, the future is bright in Bomber territory.