Wolves knock Waterford United out of playoffs
May 26, 2010 - The ball went on the loose in front of Waterford United's net.
Senior Bobby Peterson ran forward as the Wolves and Waterford blocked each other from getting possession.
Peterson scooped the ball and threw it into the net with 4:32 remaining in the MHSAA Pre-Regional game last Thursday.
The goal put Clarkston's tally at 13, ending Waterford's season, as the visitor only scored three during the game.
"We did the job we needed to do," Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach Brian Kaminskas. "Our defense was incredible. We gave them a couple of keys, a couple of numbers on how we wanted to play. They were terrific."
The boys grabbed control in the first quarter posting six points on the scoreboard.
The Wolves worked towards more in the second half and as the last four minutes counted down in they came closer.
Hunter Layson passed the ball to Jordan Kincaid, who added the eighth goal with 3:01 remaining.
Clarkston grabbed control at face-off and Joe Sharkey added his goal, shooting to the top of the net less than 40 seconds from the goal Kincaid just scored.
Senior Jeff "Tuna" Turner saved six shots in the half.
"It was a nice way to start," said Kaminskas. "This is like playing Lake Orion - it's always good to beat Waterford. We made a couple of mistakes but we looked fresh. Our concentration wasn't there."
Chapin White led the team, scoring three. Kevin O'Grady, Layson, Sharkey and Kincaid added two goals each. Erik Shaw scored one.
"Chapin had a good game for a defense middie with a hat trick," said Kaminskas. "Matt Goebal did well (in the goal for the second half with five saves) He didn't get a lot of playing time behind Jeff."
The win advances Clarkston to play the MHSAA Regional game against Novi (8-6) on Thursday.
"Our transition game against Novi should be accessibal as long as we can pass and catch," said Kaminskas, looking ahead.
"I like our style of defense against their offense. I think our systems should match up well against them. Our attackers are doing well. Hunter and Jordan are doing quite well."
The Wolves go into the playoff game with an overall record 8-8.
The game begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Novi High School is located at 24062 Taft Road.
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.