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Athletes of the Week
Cash Cows are the bomb

by Wendi Reardon

August 10, 2011

Cash Cows Lacrosse team is Scott Allen, Brad Bogus, Travis Craft, Ian Eriksen, Ethan Frick, Adam Gohl, Dominic Hamper, Jake Hendricks, Jordan Henney, Kevin Horton, Reid Kaminski, Jordan Kincaid, Evan Kneisel, A.J. Kowal, Kyle Lamberti, Sam Moore, Kevin O’Grady, Kyle O’Grady, Nick Racine, Mike VanderWeel and coaches Justin Tuma and Steve Johns. Photo provided
Moo-ove on over lacrosse teams the Cash Cows are dominating the field.

They became champions at the Cherry Bomb tournament in Traverse City for the high school "A" division, held July 29-31. They beat eight teams during the weekend to take the title.

"We had great performances," said Coach Justin Tuma. "We went undefeated. It was great for the guys to make a run during the playoffs. Everyone played well which was nice."

Over 100 teams from all over the Midwest traveled to the weekend tournament and competed in eight different divisions.

The boys opened the first day taking down TI Rising Stars Gold, 7-3. They went for three more wins in the second day against West Side Lacrosse, 11-4, Milwaukee Select, 18-1, and the Mud Dogs, 8-6.

The Cash Cows headed into the playoff round on Sunday were they kept up the momentum beating Mount Carmel, 13-0, CA Domers, 8-4, and Eastside, 8-2, putting them in the championship round against the Heat.

"We started off with a solid lead of five goals," said Tuma. "They battled their way back and got within one goal."

With a minute left in the game the Heat scored a goal to tie but they stepped into the crease and the point didn't count.

The Cows kept up the pressure and held onto the lead to win 8-7.

"We pulled it off at the last second," said Tuma. "It was close."

Tuma explained experience helped the boys during the game - the team has players from Clarkston, Lake Orion, Notre Dame Prep and Flint Powers varsity teams.

"They have been in those situations before and they knew how to handle it," Tuma added. "They handled it well."

Most of the players have been on the team since it was started a few years ago and some joined this summer for their first season.

"The guys played well," said Tuma. "They bought into the system I was trying to run and that was a college system. Most of the guys are sophomores, juniors and seniors so for them to play a college system will help them for the next level. Plus, it was good to end on a high note at the Cherry Bomb tournament for the end of the summer season."