Victory in quarterfinals

Ian Dobrzelewski slows down Troy's offense during the first half of the Wolves' playoff game last Wednesday. Photo by Wendi Reardon
Ian Dobrzelewski slows down Troy’s offense during the first half of the Wolves’ playoff game last Wednesday. Photo by Wendi Reardon

BY WENDI REARDON
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Senior Keaton Mitchell scored two goals within a span of eight seconds to help the Wolves take control of the second half against Troy in the MHSAA Regional Quarterfinal, 8-3.
“It was well played by both sides,” said Clarkston Boys Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach Brian Kaminskas. “We fought hard. Troy fought hard. They are a good team.”
The first half closed with Troy in the lead, 2-1 with Clarkston’s lone goal from Brent Farrugia.
“The first half we were just feeling each other out,” said Clarkston Boys Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach Brian Kaminskas. “We were just trading goals, seeing who is going to do what, who is going to attack which way. The second half we made some changes in transition and it worked.”
The Wolves scored three times in the third quarter to pull into the lead 4-3 with two goals from Nick Bowman with Keelan McKouen assisting on both; and Liam Stickle scoring the third goal with an assist from Ian Phillips.
Within 45 seconds into the final quarter, Bowman stuck again to give the Wolves another boost, 5-3.
Troy entered Clarkston’s territory to gain on their lead and were blocked by goalie David Taylor and defense.
“David played well,” said Kaminskas. “Defense was solid. We were playing a lot of defense. Slowing down the clears was on David. He was choosing to do that.”
Justin Dickerson closed the last goal with three minutes left in the game.
The Wolves play Lake Orion on Wednesday in the MHSAA Regional Semifinal at West Bloomfield at 7 p.m. The final is Friday at 7 p.m.
“We are going to focus,” said Kaminskas.
The Clarkston Girls Varsity Lacrosse team also plays on Wednesday as they head to Lake Orion for the Regional Semifinal against the Lady Dragons, 7 p.m. The final is Saturday at 7 p.m.