WEST GROVE -- Stephen Cyron admitted he and his Avon Grove teammates needed to win this game.
It wasn't a must win for the Red Devils, but Cyron felt his team needed to regroup in their first game since falling to Bishop Shanahan for first place in the Ches-Mont League last week.
"Coming back after a tough loss, you always want to try and get the energy back,' Cyron said. "Tonight, being home, we wanted this one.'
Cyron scored a game-high three goals as Avon Grove took a commanding first half lead en route to an 11-3 victory over West Chester Henderson Tuesday night.
Cyron leads the Ches-Mont with 42 goals after his performance. He became the first player in the league to reach the 40-goal mark after his first tally gave Avon Grove a 1-0 lead early in the first.
"It feels great (to reach 40), but that's not what I go into a game thinking about,' Cyron said. "My teammates just do such a good job of finding me in the crease, but I just want to try and get the win and make playoffs.'
That's seemed to be the mentality of Avon Grove (8-1, 11-4) throughout the night. Get back on the field and win the game.
It all started with Ryan Cook as he blasted one past Henderson goalie Eric Beren to make it 2-0 at the 8:39 mark.
Noah Richard followed with a goal to cut Henderson's deficit to 2-1, but that was the closest the Warriors got.
Cyron, Shane Cook and Bryce Reid followed with goals to put the Red Devils up 5-1.
After Cody Pascale netted his 27th of the season to cut the Henderson deficit to 5-2, Tanner Peck and Doug Jones each scored to give Avon Grove a 7-2 lead heading into the half.
The Red Devils are a senior-led team. Ryan Cook is one of those seniors who are starting to recognize the regular season is coming to a close and the playoffs are upon the Red Devils.
That was a huge reason for Avon Grove to gain momentum in this one and play a strong first half.
"We got a lot of seniors and most of us are starting to realize that this is our last couple games at home,' Cook said. "That fires us up and we just got to play our hardest every time we're out here.'
Avon Grove put this one away in the third quarter with four unanswered goals, highlighted by a behind-the-back goal by Ryan Cook past Beren at the 5:38 mark.
The masterful goal was set up by Eric Russo, who didn't record a goal but set many of them up with a game-high four assists.
"I like trying to get everybody the ball,' Russo said. "I want to be that person that feeds everybody and likes to see my teammates do well. I don't want to be that selfish player, but help my teammates score goals.'
Ryan and Shane Cook each finished with two goals for the Red Devils. Reid also finished with two in the win.
Pascale, Richard and Jack Twohig scored the only three goals for Henderson (5-3, 8-8), which remains in the hunt for a District 1 playoff spot with the loss. The Warriors play Great Valley and Downingtown West to close out the regular season.
Shane Cook, Eric Russo and Avon Grove don't have to worry about making the district playoffs. Instead, they just want to get into form in time to defend their district title.
Tuesday was a step in the right direction.
"We're not all the way back,' Cook said. "We just got one more practice to go, but we should be ready for playoffs after that.'
"We're starting to get there, but have a little while to go,' Russo said. "I'm hoping we'll eventually emerge as one whole unit and click at the right time and place.'
Avon Grove 11, W.C. Henderson 3
W.C. Henderson 1 1 0 1—3
Avon Grove 4 3 4 0—11
W.C. Henderson goals: Richard, Pascale, Twohig.
Avon Grove goals: Cyron 3, R. Cook 2, S. Cook 2, Reid 2, Peck, Jones.
Goalie saves: Beren (WCH) 12; Schreiner (AG) 1, Brody (AG) 3.