Cleveland St. at Michigan  February 8, 2020

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PLYMOUTH, MI (February 19, 2020) – Michigan teams had good showings yesterday. Detroit exploded for 20 goals in their beat down of Bellarmine, 20-13 and Michigan routed Canisius, 16-8 paced by Bryce Clay’s 6 goals.


Michigan players had a banner day. In addition to Clay’s (Forest Hills Central) day, Detroit’s Alex Jarzembowski (Catholic Central) had 3 goals and won 24 of 31 face-offs. For Bellarmine, Morgan Macko (Brother Rice) had 5 goals and 2 assists. Detroit’s Logan Shamblin (Troy) stopped 12 shots in net to earn the win for the Titans. 


Michigan Women – The #9 ranked Wolverines lost a tough one on the West Coast to USC, 10-8. The teams were tied at the half, 4-4 but USC got the game winner with 2:40 left in the game. They added an empty netter to secure the W. Michigan will host Louisville on Friday at 3pm.  


Detroit Women – Lost to Arizona State in the darkness at Ultimate Soccer. I really don’t know how they can play lacrosse in there – it is so gray and dim. The game was played on a bright afternoon, so there was some natural light coming through the windows. Hey, it does beat playing in freezing temperatures, but I really don’t know how they can see the ball. On to the game, ASU looked athletic, fast and skilled as they blew past the Titans, 24-6. UDM has been outscored in their first two games, 54-9. They need a win – bad! The red, white and blue will head to Indianapolis on Thursday to play Butler. Game time is 3pm.  


Good Games at DCD – Kalamazoo over UM Dearborn, LTU over Albion, Albion men downed Augustana. Covered a triple-header last Saturday. The first was a NAIA / D III match-up with UMD playing K’Zoo. This was an entertaining, competitive game. It got a bit chippy at times, but the skills and execution were first rate, especially for this early in the season.

Game #2 featured another NAIA / D III tilt – this time on the women’s side as Albion played Lawrence Tech.  Welcome to collegiate lacrosse Gabi Mitchell. The Farmington Flash had 11 points on 6 goals to lead the Blue Devils to a 22-10 win. LTU looked explosive as 7 players scored multiple goals. Albion was led by Carly Schwarz who netted 5. The Blue Devils look like the team to beat in the WHAC.

The final game was a D III men’s match-up between Albion and Augustana. The Brits always seem to play with a grit that reflects their Head Coach, Jake DeCola. This game was no different. They raced out to a 4-0 lead and never trailed in the 17-11 win. Behind the face-off work of Fernando Robison (Tecumseh/Detroit Mercy) who won 25-30 and the entire ground ball seeking squad (they had 48 to Augustana’s 20), Albion did the little things better and it paid off. The Brits moved to 2-0 on the season. Quirk in the schedule for March – Albion plays all five of their games on the road (Wabash, Hanover, Kenyon, Carthage and Denison).  


High School – Teams are releasing schedules over social media. Saw that Orchard Lake St. Mary’s did that as well as the Plymouth/Canton Park teams as well as Catholic Central and Forest Hills Central. With the free time I will have this year, I may have to get out to see more games – if that’s possible!


Midwest Rankings – Brother Rice, CC and Forest Hills Central are in the Top 10 of the latest U.S. Lacrosse Magazine rankings. Culver (IN) checks in at #1. Rice is #2, CC is #6 and FHC sits at #9. That may give me some good information for the ALM pre-season rankings.


MHSLCA Hall of Fame – Welcome to the 2020 class: Art Hoffman, Detroit Country Day; Dave Phillips, Catholic Central; Stan Orzel, Linden/Fenton; Graham Adams, Official; Bob DiGiovanni, Ann Arbor Pioneer, University of Michigan. There will be a shin dig on February 23 out in Lake Orion to celebrate. 3pm at Canterbury Village.

MHSLCA Announces New Hall of Fame Class for 2020

BRIGHTON - The 2020 Hall of Fame Class for the Michigan High School Lacrosse Coaches Association (MHSLCA) includes two outstanding coaches and three contributors that devoted a great deal of their time and talents to the improvement of the game that first came to the Mitten State in 1976. 


The MHSLCA has announced today that former Detroit Country Day School head coach Art Hoffman and Detroit Catholic Central’s head coach Dave Phillips are to be the most recent coaches installed into the Hall of Fame for 2020, said MHSLCA president Jim Carl.


The talented duo will be joined during the Sunday, February 23, 2020 induction ceremony by Fenton’s Stan Orzel, Ann Arbor’s Robert (Bob) DiGiovanni and Detroit Country Day’s Graham Adams as part of the contributor class. 


The MHSLCA has two categories for Hall of Fame membership, which include those for coaches and a contributor category for individuals who did not necessarily coach lacrosse, but assisted the fast growing sport in other ways that might include officiating, management or sports administration.


The MHSLCA Hall of Fame board, headed by Clarkston’s Brian Kaminskas, will celebrate these outstanding personal contributions to prep lacrosse at the annual Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony at 3 pm at Canterbury Village in Lake Orion. The cost of the dinner is $25 and those wishing to attend can sign up at MHSLCA 2020 Hall of Fame Dinner and Coaches Celebration!.


The event organizers are asking for a pre-event registration so they know how many will be attending. Checks can be mailed to MHSLCA Hall of Fame dinner to 8602 Paul, Washington, Michigan, 48904.


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