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Kenston Girls LAX Debuts New Coach

Published in The Geauga County Maple Leaf
April 6, 2021
Jason Baxter

Sean Kobunski was hired to be the new girls lacrosse coach on September 23, 2019 — and, nearly a year and a half later, Kobunski and the Bombers took the field in his debut against Canfield in this season’s opener.

Sean Kobunski was hired to be the new girls lacrosse coach on September 23, 2019 — and, nearly a year and a half later, Kobunski and the Bombers took the field in his debut against Canfield in this season’s opener.

The game ended in an 8-8 tie.

Kobunski spent five years as Beaumont’s assistant coach before heading Chardon in 2019 for a 12-win season, his only at the helm of the Hilltoppers. He has also spent time coaching club lacrosse with Ohio Premier and Burning River Lacrosse.

Kenston hired Kobunski due to his lacrosse pedigree, knowledge and leadership. He succeeded Patrick Benz, who served as interim head coach and helped grow and stabilize the program. Benz led the Bombers to a 14-3 record in 2019.

“We put a lot of work in to build a culture here of togetherness and family,” Kobunski said after the Canfield game, which ended in an 8-8 tie. “Today’s performance really showed what we have been working on. When things weren’t going well, we were down two goals, they found a way to tie and then take the lead.”

This season, Kobunski will rely heavily on seniors Camryn Walters, Jenna Piazza, Molly Hubert and Dylan Britton. Britton and Piazza both committed to playing lacrosse at the next level during the offseason; Piazza will play at Division II Montevallo (AL), while Britton will continue her career at Youngstown State.

“I think this is the best our team has played together,” Piazza said. “We have new girls that have not played varsity. We worked really well together. It was our first game and we were nervous, but I think we held it down.”

Her personal goals this season: to get to the 40-goal mark and increase assists. In 2019 she scored 33 goals as a sophomore.

Kobunski was excited that all three aspects of the field are being led by seniors; he believes this gives the Bombers an advantage.

“The seniors will be the difference-maker for us,” he said. “They’re phenomenal players and great leaders. They’re at all different spots of the field, (so) we have leadership at each position.”

Britton, after two games, led with eight ground balls and seven draw control wins. She is second on the team with four goals.

Kobunski said juniors to watch include Maddie Blazey and Amanda Eastman. The Bombers will also rely on other juniors to contribute including Morgan Mintz, Lily Peters, Jenna Thompson, Ryann Greulich and Mikayla Harper.

Blazey leads the team with six goals and three assists in the first two games. Eastman also chipped in three goals and two assists.

The Bombers have actually had 10 different goal scorers in the first two games.

Sophomores Ava Arslanian, Samantha Bergansky and Paige Spicuzza, along with freshman Maria Lioudis, round out the varsity roster for the Bombers.

Through the first week of competition, the Bombers tied Canfield 8-8 in the opener, then beat Beaumont 17-1 two days later. It would be Kobunski’s first win as Kenston head coach, over 500 days in the making.

The game with Canfield was a 56-minute battle that included three lead changes and superb goalie play from both teams. Kenston jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before Canfield scored three straight to take a 3-2 lead with eight minutes left in the first half.

The Bombers battled back to tie the game at four at halftime.

The second half was a back and forth battle with goals by Britton, Blazey and Hubert, leading to a 7-7 tie with the Bombers. That would go up 8-7 with 5:04 remaining in the game on a goal by Morgan Mintz. Canfield scored with 1:06 left to play. A spectacular save by Walters with 40 seconds left kept the Cardinals away from the win.

In a six-minute overtime period, the two teams remained scoreless.

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“(Walters) was the difference in why the game kept going on,” her coach said. “They had opportunities in overtime where they could have won the game, but she made unbelievable saves. She is a phenomenal goal. We will do big things because of Camryn. She was lights-out today.”

The goalie contributed her success on the night to help from her defense and offense; Canfield didn’t have open shots and had to fight for what they got. She did say a couple of her saves were lucky, but she knew exactly where to step.

With a huge smile, she added it was “awesome to be back on the field.”

The road ahead for the Bombers will build toward postseason success with a schedule that includes Hathaway Brown, Magnificat, Chagrin Falls, Solon, Laurel and Mentor.

The Bombers have high expectations in Division II, Region 6. They would like to garner a top-three seed with hopes of hosting tournament games, with an eye on making it to the regional level. Playing in competitive games like the one against Canfield will have the Bombers prepared for a postseason run.

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