Laxers conquer regional final over Macomb Dakota, fall to Grandville

By Wendi Reardon Price
Clarkston News Sports Writer
 Troy — After jumping to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter of the MHSAA Division 1 Boys Lacrosse Regional 5 Championship against Macomb Dakota, the Wolves finished with the victory, 15-3, May 31.
“It was great,” said Clarkston Boys Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach Brian Kaminskas. “We set out with what we wanted to do. One of the goals was to win a regional. The guys showed up. They were focused and they won a regional. They were ready to go and take care of business.”
Evan McClorey opened the win scoring the first goal for the Wolves 51 seconds into the game.
Macomb Dakota tied the score, 1-1, with a goal less than three minutes later.
Clarkston struck back scoring four goals in the last six minutes of the first quarter with two goals from Zaidan Green and one goal each from Blake Berry and Ryan Martindale.
The Wolves continued their lead with three goals in second quarter compared to Macomb Dakota’s one goal.
Green led with five goals. Ellis York had three goals and three assists. Tyler Cray had two goals and four assists. Martindale had two goals and three assists.
Berry and McClorey each had one goal and one assist. Michael Ferman had one goal.
Karl Wandrie had ten saves in the net while the Wolves made 24 shots on the net.
The last time the Wolves won the regional final was in 2019 when the senior class was just starting as freshman. There was no season in 2020 and the boys made it to the regional finals last year.
“It was nice to cap it and win it this year,” Kaminskas said. “It was a good way to end the senior year.”
The Wolves moved in to the MHSAA Division 1 Quarterfinals 2 against Grandville last Friday and lost, 10-4.
“It’s a bigger stage,” Kaminskas said. “You have to show up and play the full 48 minutes and I am not sure we were. It was good to be there, but sometimes we have to play a little harder.”
Clarkston finished the season with an overall 19-2 record and OAA Red League Champions.
“It was great,” Kaminskas said about the season. “We set consecutive win record for the school. We set overall win record for the school. This was a special group. They have been playing together since they were in kindergarten, second grade for some of them. The season itself was a good capstone for them.”
The Wolves graduate 12 seniors.
“The legacy is they continued to build on the guys before them – the hard work, player organization, communication and dedication these guys had sets a tone for the younger groups. I am hoping everyone is happy with their performances this year as they move on and they are excited to go to college and do their thing and the guys returning are excited for summer ball.”

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