By Wendi Reardon Price
Clarkston News Sports Writer
The Wolves wrapped last week fulfilling their first goal of the season – winning the OAA Red for the third consecutive year.
Clarkston Boys Varsity Lacrosse clinched winning the league title with a 22-2 win over Bloomfield Hills last Thursday.
“It allowed us to have a clean sweep in the OAA three years in a row and three-peat the championship,” said Brian Kaminskas, head coach. “It was an absolute domination. The guys are at a different level right now. They are ranked as one of the top teams in the state of Michigan. Depending on the formula that’s used for it they bounce between first and third in Division 1. They know they have to continue to work because people are coming after them.”
The Wolves jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first minute of the game with goals from Blake Berry and Gavin Pate. They finished the first quarter with a 9-0 lead.
Berry, Ryan Phyle, Zaidan Green and Tyler Cray had hat tricks for the night. Berry had three assists; Phyle, two assists; Green and Cray, each one assist.
Berry won 93 percent of face offs and Danny Redmond had five saves in the goal.
The Wolves opened the week with a 14-10 win over crosstown rivals Lake Orion, April 24.
“Lake Orion was a really big win for us,” Kaminskas said. “We had the goal of winning the OAA, and we had the goal of beating Lake Orion. We accomplished both in one stop. We are feeling pretty good about that, and we will feel pretty good about that for an entire year.”
Again, the Wolves took the lead in the first minute but this time it was three goals to gain the lead on the Dragons with two goals from Green and one from Cray.
Green finished the night leading the team with four goals and two assists. Luke Darnell had three goals and three assists. Nick Ferman had three goals and one assist. Cray had two goals and four assists and Pate had two goals and one assist.
“It was an absolute group effort,” said Kaminskas. “There wasn’t a guy who wasn’t on that field that wasn’t going nuts and working like crazy. It was everyone. It was probably the most complete game I have seen them play as a group.”
Berry was 90 percent at face off and Redmond had 11 saves in the goal.
“Blake had an unbelievable game,” said Kaminskas. “Danny was good. It’s Lake Orion they are going to get their shots. Danny was solid all the way through. They took their last run late in the third quarter. We gave up a couple. Danny had a really good game.”
The Wolves host Grand Blanc on Friday with JV at 5:30 p.m. and varsity following.
“They typically play us tough,” said Kaminskas. “They do a nice job. It will be interesting.”
Clarkston hosts Romeo during the annual Game for Hope event this Saturday.
“They asked to come back for it. We said sure,” Kaminskas shared.
Varsity plays Romeo at 7 p.m. but the day long event begins at 8 a.m. with funds raised throughout the day going to New Day Foundation for Families, a local nonprofit dedicated to creating a world where no family faces the financial and emotional burden of cancer alone.
Kaminskas shared it’s great the whole Clarkston Lacrosse program gets involved in Game for Hole.
“We want to make sure we have something going that’s part of the whole community of what we do,” he said. “To have everybody there for games here and there for boys and girls all the way down. It’s pretty special. I don’t know too many programs that do that. They don’t have a whole day like we do. It’s unique and it’s special.”
By Wendi Reardon Price