By Ben Stroup
The Delaware Hayes boys lacrosse team was sharp in its tourney opener, parlaying a convincing 7-1 halftime lead into a lopsided 16-3 win over visiting Anthony Wayne in the first round of the Division I Northwest Region tournament Wednesday night.
Cole Livermore paced the Pacers out of the gate, pouring in three first-half goals to help his team build the big lead.
Hayes equaled its first-half output in the third quarter alone, scoring seven times to make it 14-1 after three and all but end things.
Connor Shroyer and Ethan Miller headlined the big third, combining to score six of the Pacers’ seven goals. Shroyer followed a Tommy Wegmiller goal with a tally of his own off a feed from Sean Gliebe less than two minutes into the quarter. Miller than scored back-to-back goals just more than a minute apart to balloon the edge to 11-0 midway through the frame. Casey Eiland and Livermore assisted on the goals.
Shroyer collected his hat trick with a goal at the 5:30 mark of the third and helped Miller get his with an assist shortly after.
Shroyer found the back of the net with 2:14 left in the period, his fourth of the game, to make it 14-1 before Hayes cruised to the finish line, getting fourth-quarter goals from Justin McKee and Eiland to smooth out the scoring summary.
Tanner Wixey and Oliver Niedzwiecki scored second-half tallies for the Generals.
The win sets up a second-round showdown against host Orange Friday at 7 p.m.
Orange 17, Marysville 0
Nick Brandt scored a game-best three goals while Josh Rochon, Adam Rieger and Alex Applegate scored two each to lead the Pioneers to a dominant win over visiting Marysville in Wednesday’s opening round of the Division I Northwest Region tournament.
Eight other Pioneers — Mason Handa, Danny Arcaro, Lake Harris, Josh Forrester, Cooper Durst, Tyler Gomer, Sam Hughes and Alex Groger — scored in the win.
Olentangy 13, Brunswick 1
The Braves dominated Wednesday’s Division I Northwest Region tournament opener, sailing past visiting Brunswick 13-1.
Olentangy was led by Riley Bruening, who had a hat trick in the win. Nine other Braves scored, including Jared Wise, who had two goals, and Cam Kennedy, Mitch Conway, Patrick Grubb, Sam Monastra, Shane Hershiser, Cole Gordon, Kyle Milliron and Josh Petrone, who finished with one apiece.
Conway and Grubb were the team’s main facilitators, finishing with two assists each, while Nic Demidovich had four saves to lead a trio of Olentangy goalies who saw time.
Olentangy will host either St. John’s Jesuit or Perrysburg in Friday’s second round. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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