Varsity loss breeds lacrosse competition

Clarkston News Sports Writer
The Wolves are looking forward to their next round of competition after going through their most recent loss.
They posted a 12-7 loss last Thursday to Troy Athens.
Jordon Sommerville opened the game with the first goal for the Wolves, 90 seconds into the game. Keelan McKouen struck with three minutes left in the first quarter to put lead up 2-0.
Within the next few minutes, Athens tied the score to close the stanza. They added two more to the board to put the score 4-2 before the Wolves scored again with five minutes to go in the second quarter.
The Red Hawks added five more goals to end the first half 9-3.
“We got down and behind a little early,” said Coach Brian Kaminskas. “They went on a run. I think we were thrown back on our heels a little bit and they took advantage of it.”
Nick Atchison scored two goals in the second half while Matt Williamson and Keagan King scored one goal each.
“The second half we played considerably better,” Kaminskas said. “Overall I thought we looked sore to start but finished strong with some good fight which is always good for the future. We ended up on a better note than we started more than the score shows.”
“Atchison played an extremely strong game,” Kaminskas added.
Danny Milano made nine saves in the net.
Kaminskas added the loss will help as the boys prepare for regionals in a few weeks.
“We are starting to see some of the younger guys emerge, particularly in the sophomore class,” he said. “They are really starting to step up and show us what they’ve got, which is nice. They are starting to add depth to where we are at. Typically with the sophomore class they float around and show up real late in the season as they have caught up to what everybody else is doing. This class showed up early and is starting to make itself known, which is good. It’s going to take time but we are seeing depth we weren’t expecting for a few more weeks.”
The junior varsity team found success over the Red Hawks scoring eight goals in the first half and keeping Troy Athens to zero. They closed the game with a 14-1 win.
The Wolves (6-5) opened the week against St. Francis on Tuesday.
“Toledo is a rekindled rivalry,” said Kaminskas. “We used to play them every year. The current guys have never played them. We will retool a little bit, take the weekend off and let the guys heal.”
They host Birmingham United on Thursday and Detroit Country Day on May 16, with both games at Clarkston Junior High School. JV begins at 5:30 p.m., varsity follows.

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