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Snyder closes in on boys lax scoring mark

After enduring their first three-game losing skid of the season, the Northwestern Lehigh boys lacrosse team has bounced back to pick up a pair of wins as the season starts to wind down.

The wins put the Tigers at 8-6 on the season, leaving them on the cusp of qualifying for the 2A district playoffs and continuing to battle with Allentown Central Catholic (8-5) for the top spot.

Five different players scored in a 17-2 trouncing of Northampton (4-12) last Friday.

Devon Hildebrand and Blaine Snyder both scored five times with Hildebrand adding two assists in the game. Stone Sosnovik and Michael Lagowy scored three times each with Braxton Lakatosh also contributing to the scoring for Northwestern Lehigh.

The offensive continued to roll when Saucon Valley came to visit Tiger Stadium with Northwestern scoring a season-high 22 goals in a 22-1 win over the Panthers. Twice this season the Tigers had put up 21 goals in wins but broke that barrier in Monday’s win.

Lagowy, a freshman, was the go-to guy in the win over Saucon Valley with four goals and an assist. Lagowy is now tied with Hildebrand for the team lead in goals with 21 as Hildebrand also contributed a goal in the game.

Sosnovik had three goals and fellow senior Hayden Gabel, sophomores Lucas Heeps and Lakatosh, and freshman Braydon Uricchio all scored twice in the game. The junior class was represented by Carter Zentz and Jon Conti with each scoring a goal and Zentz adding two assists. Sophomore Austin Bittenbender and freshman Tyler Kaas also added goals.

Against Saucon Valley, senior Blaine Snyder also continued his climb to the top of the all-time leader boards for the school with two goals and three assists. Snyder is chasing 2023 graduate Austin Sosnovik to become the school’s all-time leader in both goals and assists and currently has 118 goals, 17 shy of the 135 scored by Sosnovik. In assists, Sosnovik’s lead is now down to just two assists with Snyder sitting at 51 assists compared to the 53 by Sosnovik.

Goalie Bailen Smargiassi also reached a milestone recently when he continued to stretch his career mark for saves. With 62 saves on the season, Smargiassi crossed the 500 save mark and now has 503 career saves at Northwestern Lehigh.

Northwestern has two games remaining against Moravian Academy (5-6), one against Saucon Valley (0-12) and then finishes the season on May 13 against Southern Lehigh (5-8).

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Blaine Snyder scored five goals in last week's win over Northampton. The senior has 118 goals this season and is 17 goals away from becoming the program's all-time leader.
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Freshman Braydon Urricchio scored a pair of goals in last week's win over Northampton.