Bruening provides leadership for Lancaster Redskins
In his third year as a varsity starter, Bruening provides leadership and stability for the Redskins as they battle the best in Class A.
"Zach is our anchor back there on defense," Lancaster coach Renson Mullen said. "He's doing a good job leading these young guys. He's a three-year starter back there and that's always good to have."
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior remains a force on the back end, but he’s also stepped up his leadership role. He serves as a tri-captain for the Redskins and has been a rock for the young unit.”
"I just want to be a leader back there," Bruening said after a shutout win over Sweet Home. "And I want to help shut things down, help get some takeaways and get a couple assists now and then."
"And maybe get a couple of goals," he added with a smile. "You never know."
Goal-scoring may not be a part of Bruening repertoire just jet, but he does everything else for the Redskins. Not only has that been huge for the Redskins, who have remained a perennial contender amongst the big schools, it has also propelled him to the next level.
Bruening has committed to play next season at Division II Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. The Storm play in the East Coast Conference.
"I'm really looking forward to it. Ever since I started playing lacrosse it's been my goal to play in college. To finally reach that step is a big thing for me and I'm really excited about it."
After a rocky start to the season that saw powerful teams in Canisius and Victor scored a combined 33 goals on the Redskins, Lancaster bounced back with a shutout win over Sweet Home.
"We took a hammering against Canisius and Victor scored a ton of goals on us, too," Bruening said. "So this (game against Sweet Home) was a nice win for us, everyone pulled through together.
"We've got a lot of young guys like (sophomore) Jake Godfrey that are doing well and (junior) Tyler Bortz, who played long-stick middie for us last year and then moved to defense this year, is doing well. We've got a lot of new guys back there, I just want to help them out as much as I can."