Lessons learned in loss

BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
A loss to the Dragons helped the Clarkston Boys Varsity Lacrosse team shut down Davison during Game for Hope on Saturday.
The Wolves lost by four points to Lake Orion on April 11, 11-7.
“It’s definitely a game we competed in and could have won,” said Brian Kaminskas, head coach. “I don’t think we were there mentally.”
The Dragons had a 3-0 lead when Keelan McKouen scored for the Wolves with 2:26 left in the first quarter.
Before the quarter closed, McKouen and Drew Vandenberg combined efforts to tie the game. Vandenberg assisted McKouen on a goal a mere five seconds after the first one.
Then, with 91 seconds to go in the quarter, McKouen passed the ball to Vandenberg.
The Wolves didn’t score again until 1:45 left in the first half when McKouen connected another pass to Vandenberg, and the half closed with Lake Orion in the lead, 5-4.
McKouen, Vandenberg and Jeff Barnett scored the last three goals of the night for Clarkston.
The boys took the next three days to prepare for the Cardinals visit with the aim to end the week with a win.
“We licked our wounds on Wednesday, refocused on Thursday and had a little more game prep on Friday. Back at it,” said Kaminskas.
They bounced back with a 18-1 win over Davison on Saturday.
Clarkston posted four goals in the first quarter from two from McKouen, and one goal each from Eric Csizmadia and Evan McClorey.
Csizmadia opened the the second quarter with another goal, the first of eight for the Wolves.
The next four came within a span of two minutes with a combined effort from McKouen, Xander Green, Matt Atchison and Drew Darin to help the surge.
McKouen led the team with three goals and one assist. Vandenberg and Barnett had two goals and two assists. Csizmadia and Frank Davis scored two goals and had one assist. Sam Lightfoot had two assists for the night.
The Wolves opened the week against De La Salle. They head to Rochester Adams on Thursday. JV starts at 5:30 p.m., varsity follows. They play at Brighton on Saturday where varsity plays at 11 a.m. and JV follows.