Avon Grove is Hershey-bound

Avon Grove's Brendan McNicholas celebrates the Red Devils' victory as Radnor's Jack Wilson heads off the field at West Chester Henderson.
Avon Grove's Brendan McNicholas celebrates the Red Devils' victory as Radnor's Jack Wilson heads off the field at West Chester Henderson. (CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer)
Posted: June 05, 2014

The Avon Grove fans streamed through the open gate that led to West Chester Henderson's field after the Red Devils rolled past Radnor, 10-6, Tuesday night in a PIAA boys' lacrosse semifinal.

A player popped out of the team's postgame huddle on the other side of the field and waved the fans back. The crowd was eager to mark the team's first state-championship berth, but coaches did not want a raucous celebration.

"You guys go over to them. They don't come over the fence," an assistant directed after the team ended its huddle.

The instructions were not followed. The fans met the players in the middle of the field and rejoiced. One fan carried a giant image of sophomore Bryce Reid's face.

Another passed out oversize Hershey bars to celebrate the team's appearance Saturday in the final at Hersheypark Stadium. The pep band played music from the bleachers.

"Our fans love us too much, and we love them back," goalie Will Schreiner said.

The Red Devils will play Penncrest in the final at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Schreiner, a senior, finished with 12 saves. He managed to use his right leg to stop a Radnor shot from close range. The ball zoomed off his shin and bounced behind the net. Schreiner pumped his fists in celebration.

"When you make a big save like that and the adrenaline is pumping, you don't really feel much," he said. "The feeling of making a big save for your team overwhelms the pain."

Stephen Cyron scored four goals, including two in the third quarter.

He dinged the post with a shot midway through the period. Cyron said he felt off balance when he zoomed the ball toward the net.

He was not fazed. A minute later, he scored from the left side, and Avon Grove led by seven goals.

"That was just motivation," he said. "I knew I had to get the next one."

Before playing on Saturday, Avon Grove's seniors will attend the school's prom Friday night. Tanner Peck said the players already discussed their after-prom plans: Go straight home.

Winning a state title, he said, is 10 times better than the prom. And if the seniors achieve that, no one will object to their celebration.

Avon Grove 3 3 3 1 – 10

Radnor 0 2 1 3 – 6

Goals: AG-Beau Kush, Stephen Cyron 4, Eric Russo, Ryan Cook 2, Bryce Reid 2; R-Sam Camp, Jack Fischer 2, Clayton Proctor 2, Ben Savitch.

Saves: AG-Will Schreiner 12; R-Alex Anderson 3.


mbreen@phillynews.com

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