BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
The Wolves opened their OAA Red play against Troy fired up as they defeated the visitors last Thursday, 11-4.
“We wanted to make a statement and I thought they accomplished it,” said Brian Kaminskas, head coach for Clarkston Boys Varsity Lacrosse.
The Wolves scored their first goal with 8:21 left in the first quarter off a pass to sophomore Keelan McKouen from senior Matthew Williamson.
Williamson scored his own goal four minutes later as the Wolves where in a one man up position. He assisted McKouen on the third goal of the night less than a minute later.
The boys wrapped the first quarter with a goal from Aidan Nolan to close the stanza, 4-0.
“We wanted to come out hot and fast – they did,” said Kaminskas.
They opened the second quarter with two goals before Troy’s Chris Kondole made it onto the scoreboard with 8:27 to half time.
Senior Quinn Dobrzelewski met it with two of his three goals in the next 18 seconds. He closed the half with his third goal to put the score, 9-3.
“It’s nice to have a guy who can face off and score goals,” said Kaminskas. “He was a little slow to get started. Hopefully it’s behind him. A lot of credit to him – it’s his senior year and he was able to crack whatever the issue was and to overcome it. You like to see that early in the season.”
The boys added two goals in the second half from McKouen and junior Dakota Locher.
It was during the third quarter the Wolves slowed down a little bit.
“We seem to have that issue,” Kaminskas said. “We are a young team. I am sure it will improve as the year goes on.”
He added goalies Danny Milano and Jake Line played well as did midfielders Locher and Nick Atchison and also Keagan King.
“Our goalies played well,” Kaminskas added. “They split some time at the end.”
The Wolves opened the week with a 10-9 win over Notre Dame Prep with McKouen leading with four goals and Dobrezelewski scored three. Aidan Nolan, Jeff Barnett and Eric Csizmadia scored one goal each in the game.
“We have put a lot of focus about coming out of spring break ready to go,” said Kaminskas. “Again we came out flying and we were 6-1 at one point. Then, we sort of quieted down and let them have their way. It woke the guys up a little bit. Not too much since we made the same mistakes in the third quarter. Did it prep them for Troy? A little bit. Did we learn our lessons? Not really.”
The Wolves opened the competition this week on Tuesday against Rochester Adams, who were undefeated at home.
“They are looking strong, but I think it looks good for us as well,” Kaminskas said. We are moving extremely fast. Our transition game is working – which is one of our strengths. We are starting to come together – this is the time of year you want to see it.”
The boys head to Toronto, Canada for their international play before going to Lake Orion next Tuesday.