Published in The News-Herald
May 23, 2021
Despite the final being closer than it would prefer, top-seeded Kenston finished the job against 10th-seeded Gilmour, 13-6, in a district final May 22.
The Bombers led by 10 goals with less than half of the game remaining. But the Lancers closed into the gap and made things interesting late in the game.
Kenston prepares for a regional semifinal and a chance to avenge one of its losses when the Bombers face fourth-seeded Hathaway Brown on May 25 at Kenston.
When the Lancers began to eat into the Bombers’ lead, Kenston tightened its defense to stymie Gilmour. The charge was led by goalie Cam Walters, who had 12 saves for the game.
“It was really important for us to stay locked in and play good team defense,” said Kenston coach Sean Kobunski. “Even though they were making a late push, we were able to stay together and close the game out.”
The Kenston offense was led by Amanda Eastman with four goals and Jenna Piazza, who added three. Kobunski said the early lead was going to play into their hands.
“We felt like getting out to an early lead would put the pressure on Gilmour,” said Kobunski. “We were able to execute that plan and it ended up being the difference.”
Gilmour stuck to its game plan and cut a double-digit deficit to seven, but was unable to do any more damage. Coach Gretchen Burkey said the Lancers were more successful when focusing on the game and not the score.
“Just focusing on us seemed to light a fire under us,” said Burkey. “ We came into the game with a lot of nerves and focused too much on the officials’ calls. Once we stopped worrying about that, we loosened up and were able to play lacrosse the way we know how.”
Kenston has been one of the top Division II teams all season, and its postseason seeding reflects its 15-3 record.