Grosse Pointe South scored eight unanswered goals to start the match and Novi was unable to recover May 20 as the host Wildcats exited the MHSAA Division 1 boys lacrosse state tourney with a 13-6 setback.
Third-seeded South led 3-0 after one quarter and 7-0 at intermission before the sixth-seeded Wildcats got on the board with three third-quarter goals, but still trailed 12-3 entering the fourth in the first-round regional encounter.
“They’re a good team and a bunch of nice players,” Novi coach Eric Hoffman said of the Blue Devils (13-6). “We just couldn’t get anything started offensively. We struggled clearing the ball and made a bunch of mental errors and they took advantage of them. They had a good game plan and took it to us. We really didn’t start playing until the second half and, by that time, it was almost too late.”
Sophomores Michael Leone and Ian Patterson each scored two goals for the Wildcats, while Griffin Sparling and Michael Werth each added a goal and assist. Ryan Moore also chipped in an assist.
Novi senior goalie Dan Savela stood out in his final match with 18 saves, getting defensive help from Tommy McMaster, Jimmy Hole, Nick Meadors, Caleb Wright and Patrick Wojtylo.
The Wildcats finished the year 12-6.
“The season was kind of a question mark on where it was going to go or how it was going to be, because we lost a lot of offensive talent from last year,” Hoffman said. “I think as a whole, the season was a success. A lot of players stepped up and a lot of players got experience playing positions they hadn’t played. There were young players getting a lot of playing time, roles that they’re going to play in the future. We had high expectations and figured to go further in the playoffs, but at the same time we played well.”
DETROIT CC 19, ROMEO 0: Junior Collin Burgin scored six goals May 21 to lift top-seeded Novi Detroit Catholic Central (13-5) past the Bulldogs (9-11) in Division 1 first-round regional match-up.
The Shamrocks dominated play from start to finish in posting the rare shutout.
“We won just about every face-off and we did it the right way and were in total control,” said CC coach Dave Wilson, whose team led 12-0 at halftime.
DETROIT CC 11, SKYLINE 8: Rocco Mularoni scored four goals May 19 as host Novi Detroit Catholic Central (12-5) downed visiting Ann Arbor Skyline (12-4) in the regular season finale.
Justin Baker and Zach Crawford each added two goals, while goalie Hunter Braun allowed just two second-half goals as the Shamrocks overcame a 6-6 halftime deadlock.