Wolves down three more opponents
May 04, 2011 - Junior Kevin Horton led the Wolfpack as they closed last week at Utica Eisenhower.
The boys won the Saturday game on Eisenhower's field, 8-5, with Horton contributing five goals to the game.
"He was an absolute workhorse for us this week," said Clarkston Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach Brian Kaminskas.
"It was a great win," he added. "It is always great to beat Eisenhower. It was the hardest game we played out of the week. Though the score was close I don't think anyone thought the game was in question."
The boys led going into the second half, 6-1, and continued to hold onto the lead as the game closed to its end.
Senior Alexander Dziewit and juniors Sam Moore and Travis Craft added one goal each. Dziewit and junior Jordan Kincaid aided with one assist each.
Senior goalie Matt Goebel made seven saves in the net.
"It was the end of a long week," added Kaminskas. "It was three of the most competitive games we have played in a roll. We were beat up a little bit. Matt Burtnett didn't play on Saturday, our key defenseman. It was a long week and a good opportunity for the boys to fall asleep and they didn't do it."
The boys beat Rochester United on Thursday, 10-8.
"It was a great game," said Kaminskas. "It was a closer battle then we expected but we were really happy with it.We played our playbook. We tell the guys all the time 'if you play our book, we can't be beaten.' When we make mistakes that is when guys can take advantage of us. We stuck to script, did exactly everything we wanted to do and came out winning."
Junior Kevin O'Grady and Horton led with three goals each. O'Grady also assisted on two goals as well as Dziewit.
Goebel was a force against Rochester United making 13 saves for the night.
The Wolves began the week beating another team from Rochester, Rochester Adams, to the score of 10-5 on April 26.
"It was a nice win and it was a nice night," said Kaminskas. "You could see in that game where our guys have started to take it to the next level. It showed throughout the week."
O'Grady led with four goals as Horton and Kincaid added two to the board. Goebel made eight saves against the Highlanders.
Junior Joe Sharkey also had a big part in this week's three wins, Kaminskas added.
"He has been a terrific role player for us," he said. "He is great in transition and doing all the little things most people don't know how important they are."
The boys head into another busy week as they get closer to MHSAA Division 1 Regional, set to begin in a few weeks.
The boys played University of Liggett on Tuesday.
"It is a new team for us," said Kaminskas. "We have seen them and have had eyes on them. We think we will be okay."
The boys host North Harrison in a OAA game, Thursday night at 7 p.m., and they are ready for a tough game. The same goes for their Saturday game against Lake Orion.
"It seems the better we do at Clarkston the tighter the target gets on our back," said Kaminskas. "These guys come out to play stronger and stronger. Orion is a big game. As the week goes on the games will be more difficult."
The game at Lake Orion begins with JV at 10:30 a.m., varsity follows at noon.
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.