The Okemos boys lacrosse team has been on a mad sprint all season toward its second consecutive CAAC title.
And on Tuesday night, the Division 1 No. 4-ranked Chiefs crossed the finish line with style as they defeated Grand Ledge, 16-5, to claim the league’s crown.
“We haven’t gone back-to-back in a couple years,” said Okemos senior Cole Jamieson, who scored three goals in the win. “It’s exciting to get back-to-back championships for this program.”
The Chiefs (12-1, 9-0) scored five goals within the first six minutes of the contest. Jamieson scored Okemos’ first goal 15 seconds into the first quarter and Blake Grewal-Turner followed that with two goals of his own.
Austin Anderson got the Comets (12-3, 6-3) on the board with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter – the first of his three goals – but Okemos retaliated with three goals in the final minute of the quarter.
“They’re one of the best teams in the state and we knew that coming in,” Anderson said. “We came out a little bit flat, but in the second, third and fourth period, we played a lot better.”
The Chiefs, who had a 12-2 lead at the end of the first half, continued to apply pressure in the early moments of the third quarter, as senior Owen Lewandowski scored his lone goal nearly 30 seconds into the quarter.
Anderson scored his final goal of the game with 7:44 remaining in the quarter, but Okemos’ Bennett Sherman and Jack LaPres added two more for the Chiefs before the quarter came to a close.
“We just want to come out strong every game and give our backups a chance to play,” Grewal-Turner said. “It’s exciting to trust our backups and know that even next year and years to come that we have other guys that can produce.”
Grand Ledge was able to outscore Okemos in the final quarter, 2-1.
Grewal-Turner and Sherman each scored four goals for the Chiefs. Nate Cornell and Brad Anderson were the other scorers for the Comets.