BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
The Wolves finished the spring season strong against Detroit Catholic Central in the MHSAA Division 1 Boys Lacrosse Quarterfinals with a 12-3 loss.
“We played extremely well against them,” said Brian Kaminskas, head coach, adding it was a four-point ballgame heading into the final quarter. “It was a one-point ballgame at half, which is pretty darn good against a team that lost the state championship with a second to go.”
Matthew Atchison and Sam Lightfoot scored in the first quarter after the Shamrocks had scored three goals.
Eric Csizmadia tied the score with his goal less than two minutes into second quarter before Detroit Catholic Central scored three to take the lead.
The team finished fifth in the state, regional champions and second in the OAA Red.
“It was a great season,” Kaminskas said. “It was a great set of seniors and a great group behind them of juniors and powerful sophomores.”
He added it was a good season, especially since they took a step back last year.
“It happens in sports in general,” Kaminskas continued. “I don’t see it is as a negative. We always have the same expectations of the region at a minimum and we achieved it in good fashion. We had two mercies in the playoffs, and I think had we stayed a little faster in the second quarter against Rochester Adams we would have had three.”
Individual honors include Csizmadia and Drew Vandenberg named All-State; Danny Milano and Vandenberg, All-Region; Csizmadia, Milano, Jeff Barnett, Jack Gibbs and Keelan McKouen, All-League. Milano also received the Don Lutz Award while Jake Line received the Team First Award and Keegan King received the Unsung Hero award.
The Wolves graduated 11 seniors from the team: Atchison, Aaron Berti, Csizmadia, Tyler Brueck, Will Burtnett, King, Jake Line, Milano, McKouen, Ryan Nicosia, Casper Schichtle and Vandenberg. Kaminskas added by the response of this year’s junior class the senior left a good legacy.
“I have been told by the juniors, ‘We really enjoyed our year, we want to do that again,’” he said. “My response has been the same – ‘It’s not up to me, it’s up to you and my suggestion is get ahold of a senior and talk to him.”
He added the seniors approached him at the beginning of the year and explained what they wanted to do.
“Not a problem, this is what we will have to do to get you where you want to be,” Kaminskas told them. “We all worked together. We had a one voice rule which basically only one person will talk at a time and his opinion is as valuable as everybody else’s opinion including me. The seniors are a good group and we will miss them.”