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Wilson boys lacrosse continues hot streak, defeats Twin Valley

Apr. 4—The 11-time defending Berks Boys Lacrosse League champions, Wilson began its 2024 season with back-to-back losses in non-league play.

Despite the difficult start, the Bulldogs have bounced back quickly and emphatically.

Wilson won its fourth straight game on Thursday night, defeating Twin Valley 13-6 in a Berks matchup at West Lawn.

"We had a little rough start going 0-2, but we're 4-2 now and that's what we like," senior Cohen Renninger said. "We're just going to keep pushing forward."

Renninger was a major factor in the Bulldogs' victory, as the attackman had a season-high seven goals and one assist. Four of Renninger's goals came in the second half.

"The kid is a great player," Wilson coach Ryan Sheaffer said. "(He) has a great sense for the game (and) has a really good knack for putting the ball in the back of the net."

With the win over the Raiders (1-1, 4-3), the Bulldogs (2-0, 4-2) have won 142 consecutive games against Berks opponents since 2011. They have outscored league opponents 31-8 so far this season.

"We want to take care of the county first," Sheaffer said. "It's important to us. It's important to these guys. We don't take any game in the county for granted."

The game was fairly even in the first quarter, with both offenses applying pressure. The Bulldogs led 3-1 after 12 minutes thanks in large part to goalie Thatcher Swatchick, as the junior made several crucial saves early in the game and finished with 14.

"He really set a great tone for the whole game," Sheaffer said about Swatchick. "I'm really proud of how he played."

Wilson began to pull away in the second quarter and led 7-3 at the half. The Bulldogs carried that momentum throughout the second half, outscoring the Raiders 6-3 to cruise to the victory.

Junior attackman Cole Kaufmann had one goal and two assists and seven other Bulldogs recorded at least one point in the game. Twin Valley was led by Ethan Ameisen, as the senior scored a hat trick.

"We played fast," Sheaffer said. "That was our number one thing we talked about all week was that we wanted to play fast and set a tempo from the first whistle."