Lacrosse earns thrilling victory over WLN

By Wendi Reardon Price
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Kaya Matthews broke Walled Lake Northern’s one-point lead with her shot on the net.
With 8:46 left in the game, Matthews tied the score for Clarkston Girls Varsity Lacrosse, putting both teams tied, 10-10.
Twenty-three seconds later Meredith Brennan brought the Wolves into the lead with her goal, 11-10.
Clarkston would close the afternoon game with a 12-10 win with the last goal from Ainsley Gothard.
Rachel Vickers, head coach, shared they didn’t know anything about the Knights going into the game.
“We had two games lined up with two different teams for today and they both backed out last minute,” she said. “Walled Lake Northern was kind enough to come in. We had no idea how their team played. I have been coaching for six years and we have never played them so this was our first encounter with them. I think it was a super awesome game all around. Their team played awesome. Our team played awesome and our goalie was phenomenal today. Ainsley was phenomenal today with the assists and the goals. I think all around the girls just wanted to win. This was our first back to back win all season. I think that within itself is really exciting to them.”
She added one of the positives was it was a clean game.

Alex Smock races to the ball in the second half of the Wolves’ win. Photo: Wendi Reardon Price

“It was a well run game by both teams. Those are always more fun to play,” Vickers said.
Gothard opened the game with her first goal five minutes into the game.
The Knights responded with three goals of their own in a span of three minutes.
Two more goals from Gothard and a goal each from Courtney Bayley and Alex Smock closed the first half with a 5-5 tie.
“Ainsley and Alex are talented players. We are really excited because they will be back next year hopefully to continue their streak from this year to next,” Vickers said.
Clarkston won their game against Auburn Hills Avondale last Wednesday, 13-7. They lost to Oxford on Monday, May 2, 13-9.
The Wolves (5-8) opened the week against West Bloomfield on Monday. They host Cass Tech on Friday at the Clarkston High School Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium, 7 p.m.
They play the winner of the Waterford Kettering/Lakeland game in a regional competition on Tuesday, May 24.
“I hope my team is well prepared by then, they can come together, and we can get more practices in,” Vickers said. “Hone in on some of the things we need to work on. It’s not perfect. It’s still the beginning of rebuilding our program. I think as the season progresses the girls are doing better at meshing together so that’s been nice to see. The new girls they don’t get a lot of time on the field but they are super supportive for their teammates. They want the win as much as the girls on the field.”

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