Snyder, Rus Lead Hilltoppers to 15-4 Victory Over Wolverines
March 28, 2024 by Alan Kornspan

After close contests against Mentor and St. Ignatius, the Chardon Hilltoppers boys lacrosse team defeated the West Geauga Wolverines, 15-4.

After close contests against Mentor and St. Ignatius, the Chardon Hilltoppers boys lacrosse team defeated the West Geauga Wolverines, 15-4.

Senior captain Jason Rus spoke post-game about the energy, motivation and goals the Hilltoppers had for this cross-town rivalry game they hosted March 21.

Rus said many of the players know each other, which provided extra motivation for the Hilltoppers to try to get the victory.

The focus going into the contest was to play well together as a team and try to score as many goals as possible, he said.

Nick Snyder, Chardon’s leading goal scorer and University of Cumberlands commit, said the Hilltoppers thought they had an offensive advantage coming into the game. Thus, they wanted to start the game with a lot of energy on the offensive attack.

“We came in knowing we could run offense on these guys however we wanted,” Snyder said. “We stepped out hard on the gas pedal and we didn’t let off.

“We didn’t give these guys any sort of breathing room, and when they did score, we tried to follow it back up. (We tried) to move the ball around and get everyone involved today. And that’s what we did. It was a really good team win.”

As Rus and Snyder mentioned, the Hilltoppers started the game with a lot of energy, motivated to score a lot of goals.

Striking first for the Hilltoppers was Snyder, who scored the first of his three first quarter goals with 9:06 remaining.

Just a few seconds later, he scored again with 8:55 left in the first quarter to make the score 2-0.

West G then scored two goals in the first quarter to tie the game at 2-2.

After the Wolverines tied the game at 2, the Hilltoppers scored the next eight goals of the game.

Adding two more for the Hilltoppers in the first quarter were Snyder and Edyn Haueter.

Leading 4-2 going into the second quarter, Chardon scored five more goals before halftime. Snyder and Rus both had two second quarter goals, and Andrew Platz added a goal as well.

Rus credited his teammates for providing excellent passes that allowed him to put the ball in the net.

“They’re all dip and dunk (goals); I’m an inside guy,” he said. “All my goals are (a credit) to my teammates. They put the ball in the right place, I just place it in there.”

In the second half, the Hilltoppers added six goals and the Wolverines netted two to make the final score.

Chardon was led offensively by Snyder, who scored seven goals. Other Chardon scorers were Rus (3 goals), Edyn Haueter (2), Max Hannen (1), Nick Meyer (1) and Andrew Platz (1).

Leading the Hilltoppers in assists against the Wolverines were Rus and Adam Zielinski, who both had two. Platz and Jaret Paglio each had one.

In Chardon’s 7-5 victory over the St. Ignatius Wildcats on March 19, the Hilltoppers scored six goals in the first half and added one more in the fourth quarter.

Leading the Hilltoppers offensively against the Wildcats was Platz, who had three goals. Also scoring one each were Haueter, Meyer, Rus and Peter Wolf.

Chardon will next take the field April 2, taking on the Bulldogs in Stow.