Everything cancels, except for boys lacrosse

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Tecumseh junior Shane Lewandowski (21) has been one of the Indians’ leading scorers. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

While softball players and track runners received Saturday, April 13, off with many tournament cancellations due to expected inclement weather, Tecumseh’s varsity boys lacrosse team stuck it out and played visiting Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard despite very cold temperatures and a brisk wind.

After a slow start the Indians warmed up and became unstoppable, defeating the Fighting Irish 20-5.

Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard scored all of its goals in the first half with the first hit at the 11:53 mark of the opening quarter. Just minutes later, the Fighting Irish scored again and held a 2-0 lead.

Tristan Burkhard scored Tecumseh’s first goal a couple of minutes later as the Indians became much more aggressive attacking the net. Shane Lewandowski drilled the net and tied the game 2-2 with 4:25 remaining in the first quarter. By the end of the opening quarter Tecumseh doubled its goals with Lewandowski and Anthony Ialacci each tagging the net for a 4-2 advantage.

The Fighting Irish on the field were given instructions from the sideline to make Lewandowski go horizontal if he tried to wrap around the back of the net and slip another goal in. On his next attempt, Lewandowski was put on his backside as the Fighting Irish were happy to be handed a penalty instead of giving up another easy goal.

Burkhard quickly scored after going into the second quarter as the Indians began controlling the action. Kyle Lagore added another netter for the Indians and Lewandowski struck twice more before Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard answered with a goal of its own.

Tecumseh closed the first half with an 8-3 lead and dominated the Fighting Irish in the second half, giving up just two more goals while adding 12 more to secure the win. Tecumseh led 16-5 by the end of the third quarter.

Lewandowski led Tecumseh offense with six goals and one assist while Ialacci added five goals and two assists.

Tecumseh’s Tristan Burkhard (5 assists) and Matt Scheffler (4 assists) each added two goals.

Tyler Hooper was in goal for the Indians.

Just the day before, Friday, April 12, the Indians shut out Ypsilanti for a 28-0 victory.

Lewandowski led the Indians’ offense with a team-high seven goals and five assists.

Matt Scheffler added four goals, four assists and eight ground balls, while Ialacci added five goals, two assists, and seven ground balls.

Corbet Tosh added three goals for the Indians.
Tecumseh’s defense was led by Charlie Haesler, Cullen Haesler and Peter Rathsack.

Hooper was in goal the entire game to record the shutout for the Indians.

“We’re very excited about the program and the direction we are headed,” said coach Steve Ayre in a preseason interview.

Last year the Indians finished 10-10 after advancing to the playoffs and were playing better than they had all season.

“At the end of the season we really hit our stride,” coach Ayer said. “So, we’re looking to come right out of the gate and hit our stride and hopefully create a pretty exciting season.”

Tecumseh hit the road and defeated Grosse Ile 13-4 on Monday, April 15, led by Lewandowski with five goals.

Iallaci added two goals, five assists and 10 ground balls while Steven Bloxam had two goals. Charlie Haesler led Tecumseh’s defense with three take-aways and six ground balls. Hopper was in goal to help pick up the win.




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