Boys varsity lacrosse wins its ninth straight game, defeats Saint Viator (IL) 15-6

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Just two days after a blowout win over Forest Hills Northern, the boys varsity lacrosse team traveled to Chicago on Saturday to take on Saint Viator. The Saint Viator Lions came into this game off the back of a 15-6 win over Rockford, who the Rangers defeated 16-8 earlier in the week. With a marquee win over IMG Academy (FL) and close losses against nationwide powerhouses in Loyola Academy (IL) and St. Josephs (NY), the Lions looked to be a major threat to the Rangers.

At the beginning of the game, both teams came out sharp and ready to play. Saint Viator started off the scoring, going up 1-0, but the Rangers quickly responded. After going on a run of 6 unanswered goals in the first quarter, FHC led 6-1 at the end of the first.

In the second quarter, the Rangers continued to assert their domination on the offensive end, but this didn’t show on the scoreboard. They would go on long possessions in which they would switch the point of attack multiple times and create good chances, but the Rangers failed to finish off many of their chances. Saint Viator went on a run to end the half, and FHC only led 6-4 at the end of the first half.

The second half is where things picked up offensively. Seniors Evan Metaj and Tate Hallock, along with junior Jackson Clay—who scored five times—all had a hat trick on the day. Jackson and senior Luke Majick were the focal points of the offense, each recording 3 assists in the game.

The only thing holding back the Ranger offense in the first half was them not finishing their chances. However, in the second half, this was not the case. The Rangers quickly extended their lead, and the defense helped by shutting down the Lions. Junior Chris Junkunc was a force to be reckoned with in the middle, dominating his opposition as he won 7 ground balls. Senior Jack Nolan also came up big, saving 8 Saint Viator shots from hitting the back of the net.

FHC would end up going on a 9-2 run in the second half,  shutting down the Lions with a final score of 15-6. With the win, the Rangers advance to 14-1. They’ll take on Orchard Lake St. Mary’s on Tuesday, who has struggled as of late and come off a 20-1 loss to Brother Rice.