April 17, 2013 - The Lady Falcons tied the game moments after Lauren Sharkey made her second goal last Friday. It would be the last time they would be close in the score.
Lauren Sharkey drives past Rochester to add another goal to the Lady Wolves’ lead. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
Sharkey came back to score not just one goal but two to put the Lady Wolves Varsity Lacrosse team into the lead over Rochester, 4-2.
The two goals started a momentum which would eventually end the game in a 23-9 win for Clarkston.
"They stayed calm," said Coach Daneen Kincaid. "The girls didn't panic, and they stuck with their skills. They had a great attitude and stayed positive with each other."
Sharkey led the team with 11 points and two assists.
"She is a phenomenal player," said Kincaid, adding they are focusing on Sharkey adding more assists during the games. "For her to get assists our offense needs to be willing to move to receive those passes. Right now they are in the complacement mode to let her run it. We are trying to teach the whole team then need to have their sticks ready to score.
Sophomore Lindsey Pike had three goals and two assists during the game.
"She played well especially coming off the scoring exhibition she put on against Lake Orion," Kincaid smiled. "She is turning out to be a really strong player for us that people aren't aware of."
Juniors Sierra Pass and Ryleigh McGregor also made their own impacts during the game. Pass made eight saves while McGregor controlled the draws and scored three goals.
"She is really stepping up and learning the position," said Kincaid. "We threw her into it. She deserves a lot of credit for being a very coachable athlete to just do what we tell her to do and implement it in the game. I was very proud of that."
She added sophomore Jade Beauregard and the defense players caused havoc and turnovers for Rochester.
"Our girls are doing a good job listening to us, putting their sticks up in the air and causing some turnovers," she said. We are creating a little more chaos than teams are used to seeing."
The girls defeated Lake Orion last Thursday, 9-7. They were down 6-5 at the end of the first half and came back with a punch in the final half.
"Orion was beating us to the ground balls and our team was getting mad. They didn't like it," said Kincaid. "We shut them down in the second half. The difference was we calmed down. We played our game instead of a panicked reaction game."
Pike scored four goals in the game. Pass made six saves in the net for the win.
The Lady Wolves head to Rochester Adams this Friday. Varsity begins at 5:30 p.m. and JV follows.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.