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Crafting victories

by Wendi Reardon

May 16, 2012

Travis Craft escapes Lake Orion defense. Photo by Wendi Reardon
Senior Travis Craft led his teammates during the first half against Lake Orion on Saturday.

He scored five goals in the first 17 minutes of play to help boost a 11-0 score against the visiting Dragons.

"For the past month he has absolutely shined," said Clarkston Boys Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach Brian Kaminskas. "Last year Kevin O'Grady was the head scorer and Travis was the assist in the duo. This year it has flipped. He is playing with more confidence."

During the second half they kept the moment going and kept Lake Orion to only two goals and won the game 16-2.

With his five goals, Craft also had three assist. Jordan Kincaid scored three goals during the game and O'Grady and Kevin Horton added two goals each. Horton had two assits.

"It was a great game," Kaminskas added. "The guys came out focused and ready to go. Lake Orion is a very good team. We knew they would be ready to go, too. We were in the mindset we were going to win that game even before we came outside. We did our warm up in the gym. When I saw the guys walk into the gym all focused and as quiet as they were I leaned to one of my assistants and said we already won this game. The first whistle to start the game was unleashing the dogs. It was total team effort they were passing the ball, they were communicating to each other. It was a wonderful job and something we have been working on all year. It started to pay off and show."

The win put the boys to a 12-2 record as they also beat Farmington Hills Harrison, 23-6, and Stoney Creek, 17-4. They put a combination of 62 shots on the net.

"We average 14.5 goals per game in the OAA," added Kaminskas. "We only allow four that says a lot about both ends of the field."

Craft scored a combination of nine goals between the two games. Kincaid added eight goals during the two games and hit his 100 career goal mark against Stoney Creek after his first of five goals against the Cougars.

Horton added five for the two games and O'Grady, Mike VanderWeel and AJ Kowal added three a piece.

The boys played DeLaSalle on Tuesday and host their last home game on Friday against Midland, 7 p.m.