2018-05-17 / Sports

Postseason begins for area lacrosse teams

By Austin VanDaele
810-452-2655 • avandaele@mihomepaper.com


Owen Cleary of the Goodrich/Lake Fenton co-op lacrosse team fires off a shot during a scrimmage on May 9. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Owen Cleary of the Goodrich/Lake Fenton co-op lacrosse team fires off a shot during a scrimmage on May 9. Photo by Brandon Pope DAVISON – Grand Blanc (3-11) faces a tough road ahead if it intends to make a deep run in this season’s Div. 1 regional. The Bobcats are slated to begin regional play on Monday as a No. 6 seed and will take on No. 3 seeded Davison (9-5) in the first round, with the winner moving on to face either No. 2 Midland (10-3) or No. 7 Lapeer (8-7) Wednesday at 7 p.m.

On the other end of the bracket, No. 1 Brighton (12-3) takes on No. 8 Holly (0-6) and No. 4 Saginaw Heritage (13-4-1) will face off with No. 5 Oxford (6-8). Currently, Brighton is the lone state-ranked team in Div. 1, sitting at No. 5.

The regional final will be held Tuesday, May 29 at 7 p.m.

The Bobcats have seen strong performances from many players on offense this season with Colton Alexander, Taylor Mack, Caden Smith and Trey Sly all recording games with at least two or more goals at one point in the season. Alexander, Cody Balow, Kevin LaHaie, Anthony Andreski and Mitch Baggett have all played a crucial role in the team’s defense, while Parker Macco has been a strong presence in net, most recently recording 23 saves in last Wednesday’s win over Novi.

The Lady Bobcats (8-9) are slated to begin their postseason run next Wednesday, May 23, against Holly (1-5) at Lake Orion at 7 p.m. The winner will move on to face either Midland or the winner of White Lake Lakeland/ Clarkston (8-3) on May 30.

On the lower half of the bracket is a first-round matchup between Oxford (8-8) and host Lake Orion (10-6) for a chance to play Fenton (7-5) in the quarterfinals. Waterford Kettering and Hartland (12-0) will also clash, with the winners facing off on May 30 as well.

Of each of those teams, Hartland and Clarkston are both state-ranked, sitting at No. 3 and No. 10 in Div. 1, respectively.

The Lady Bobcats have had strong showings from Paige Yerian and Taylor Harms on offense, while Jordyn Wainio and Miriah Foote have anchored a solid defense. Abby Stanley has been in net for the Lady Bobcats all season and will look to continue to hold opponents to low scores throughout the postseason.

GOODRICH: The Goodrich/ Lake Fenton boys’ co-op will begin its tournament run as a No. 7 seed, taking on Flint Powers Catholic in the first round. The winner will face either No. 3 Pontiac Notre Dame Prep or No. 6 Aubun Hills Avondale next Wednesday, May 23, in the regional semifinals.

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, the No. 1 seed and only state-ranked team in the regional at No. 10, takes on No. 8 Bay City Central on the other side of the bracket, while No. 4 Swartz Creek will face off against No. 5 Bay City Western. The regional final will be held on May 29.

The co-op has seen contributions from many of its players, including Owen Cleary and Isaac Burr on offense and Tyler Hitchcock on defense. Josh Hockin has been leading the team for the entire season in net.

The girls’ co-op will begin postseason play on Monday when it hosts Flushing in a pre-district game. Other pre-district games in the co-op’s district include DeWitt against Swartz Creek and Saginaw Heritage against Holt.

The winner of Goodrich-Lake Fenton/ Flushing will move on to face Grand Ledge during Wednesday’s first round at 7 p.m. The winner will play either Flint Powers Catholic or Okemos on May 30 for a spot in the regional final, held June 1.

On the other end of the bracket is Haslett, which awaits the winner of Swartz Creek/ DeWitt, and East Lansing, which will play either Saginaw Heritage or Holt. Of the teams in the regional, both Okemos and Flint Powers Catholic are state-ranked, sitting at No. 3 and No. 7 in Div. 2, respectively.

Team captains Megan Lynch and Sam Miller will play a crucial role in the team’s success this postseason, along with 15 other returning players that are eager to make their mark in the playoffs.

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