Friday, May 12, 2017
Powers Catholic High School
Grand Blanc High School
The Chargers made the short trip to Grand Blanc Friday evening to take on the GB Bobcats. On a night that conditions were perfect for lacrosse a big crowd of over 500 spectators got to witness a triple overtime thriller as the Bobcats of Grand Blanc came out victorious 8-7 as the clock hit 10:00pm. Fox 66 was in attendance covering the event, the evening was dedicated in remembrance to Luke Duncanson as this was the third annual “Lax for Luke” game between GB and Powers Catholic bringing attention to suicide awareness. There were fantastic displays of unity and sportsmanship between both teams as they competed against each other still remembering the cause and their friend Luke.
Powers had a flat second quarter and found themselves down 4-1 at halftime. The team showed a lot of determination battling back to tie the contest and actually having a great chance to win the game as they were a man up with a 1:26 left in regulation.
Grand Blancs roster has 17 seniors on it and Powers Catholic has 3 seniors. This may have been the difference maker for the outcome. ” I have said it before, it’s the little mistakes that add up in a game that determines the outcome” Powers Head Coach Matt Gregson said. ” We controlled the ball on our end, our transition game was solid, our defense locked down their two top scorers and we won our share of faceoffs. We just need to learn how to finish teams off ” added Gregson.
Powers was led in scoring by Junior Zack Talovich with 3 goals, Sophomore Miles Cramer added 2 and Junior Grant Morrison and Freshman Fidel Carino added 1 each. Juniors Josh Warda had 2 assists and John Bade dished out 1.
Junior Goaltender Adam Cantley may have had his best game yet coming up with some clutch saves. Sophomore Connor Wilkie and Freshman Jake Engel, playing in his first Varsity contest, gave Powers real solid LSM play.
The Defensive was, once again, anchored by Junior Kelson Connors coming up big gathering 10 Ground Balls and forcing 7 Turnovers. Grant Morrison grabbed 5 Ground Balls in a solid performance and Miles Cramer and Zack Talovich each dug out 4 Ground Balls. Sophomore Ben Affrica caused 2 turnovers in the offensive end and another solid game from Fidel Carino forcing 2 more turnovers while taking half the faceoffs along with Sophomore Colton Kidd.
The Chargers open up the Playoffs with a home contest against Bay City Western who they beat in a SVL matchup earlier in the season. Powers Catholic solidified 2nd place this year in the SVL behind a combined Midland squad.