The Buckeye Valley boys lacrosse team scored four goals in the second quarter in a span of 1 minute, 16 seconds to take control on its way to a convincing 14-4 victory over Big Walnut Friday night in Delaware.
Trent Slavik scored four goals to lead the Barons (10-6), including a pair of goals in a span of eight seconds early in the third quarter as BV added to its 7-3 halftime lead.
“Trent’s been doing that all year … he’s a leader on the team,” BV coach Billy Heiser said. “He works well with the other attackmen. He moves the ball well – he gets a lot of assists. But, he still sticks it in the goal a lot.”
Andy Nero scored two of his three goals to bookend a four-goal run midway through the second period as BV pushed the lead to 7-1.
The rally, which included goals by Nathan Heiser and Carson Artrip, started because BV was able to control the faceoff, led by Zach Garber.
“(Garber) was just tremendous,” Heiser said. “He dominated the faceoff and we got fast breaks off of the faceoff. That was huge – not only winning them all, but turning them into offensive plays.”
Nathan Heiser, who assisted on six of the seven goals in the second half, finished with seven assists and a goal for the Barons.
BV celebrated Senior Night honoring James Koss at halftime. Koss, who usually roams midfield defense, took advantage of his opportunity to crack the scoring column with a goal in the second half.
“He’s been more of a defensive middy,” Heiser said. “He started out playing regular middy, but he just excelled on defense. It was just great to have him down (on offense) … we had him down there for about a minute and a half and he scored a goal.”
Carson James, Hayden Kaiser, Carson Antrip and Mitch Schneider each added goals to round out the scoring and Nick Gerald had three saves and Sam Herriott had a save in goal for the Barons, who picked up their fourth straight victory.
“We’re really moving the ball well,” Slavik said. “We really put in the time in the offseason and we’ve improved to 10-6 now. We’re peaking at the end of the season … we’re right where we want to be going into the playoffs.”
Campbell Allen had a goal and two assists to lead the Golden Eagles (8-7); Judah Lozano, Seth Daniels and Nathan Montomery each had goals and Joe Blubaugh had an assist.
“(Allen) is a senior that understands the game and he makes everybody better – that’s what his strength is,” Eagles coach Roger Allen said. “He’s got 40 assists on the season, so he’s phenomenal in that regard.”
Josh Hageman stopped 17 shots in goal and Bryan Mengel had three saves in goal for BW.
While BV celebrated its senior, Allen was unhappy with the effort of his.
“It was a tough game for us – we didn’t come out to play,” Allen said. “I don’t know if it was the seniors’ last day at school and they decided they didn’t want to play lacrosse. This is not Big Walnut lacrosse.”
Next up, both teams open Division II tournament play Tuesday night. BV, seeded eighth, hosts ninth-seeded Bexley at 5:30 p.m. and 10th-seeded BW travels to seventh-seeded Dayton Oakwood at 7 p.m.
Also: Liberty 16, Westerville North 8; Olentangy 12, Mt. Lebanon 5.
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