South Lyon United girls lacrosse hosted its inaugural game to support the Wounded Warrior Project last year and will do so again Friday against Midland Dow.
Festivities will start with the JV game at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at South Lyon High School.
The cause hits close to home for South Lyon coach Aaron Skomial.
“As a veteran, it means a lot to me,” Skomial said. “Wounded Warrior is such a great organization and they do so much for our veterans.
“I was able to serve with a lot of wonderful people in the Navy and, thankfully, our ship never saw battle. While the branches of service may joke around with one another, it’s those branches that support one another under the American flag. It’s an occupation that gives many people a singular focus – stay ready, win the battle and come home.”
Last year’s game raised more than $3,000 and the goal is to go higher in the second year.
“Our community businesses have responded with donations for auctions and our players and parents have donated money, time and effort in order for this to be a success,” Skomial said. “We look forward to the game and celebrating veterans’ experiences and the gift of freedom.”
Skomial is proud of his team and program to help use the sport for a greater cause.
“The kids love the game because it has a different feel,” he said. “The uniforms we wear are blue digital camouflage. They were donated last year by V VET. They help veterans with job skills. It’s organizations like V VET (http://veteraneducation.org/) that give veterans an opportunity to learn job skills while using that military background with discipline, drive and a willingness to get the job done, even if you don’t always have the right tools.
“We have emailed many of the VFW and AMVET’s posts within 100 miles of our game, looking to get many veterans in the stands.”
South Lyon 10, Plymouth 8
After a weekend of disappointment, South Lyon stormed into Plymouth looking to get back in the win column April 27.
The early going was in South Lyon’s favor and then Plymouth made a nice run to tie the game at 4-4 at halftime. South Lyon came out and started the secnd half very fast, not only controlling the draw, but being patient on offense
South Lyon built a 10-4 lead before Plymouth was able to pull within two. Freshman goalie Alyssa Schams had a night to remember as he saw 22 shots and turned away 14.
Hannah Burczyk led the offense with four goals and two assists. Natalie Williams had three goals and Sam Lefevre added two goals and an assist. Junior Jordan Hanner chipped in a goal.
South Lyon 13, Farmington Hills Harrison 8
South Lyon went into the game missing key pieces due to injury and the flu, but the team rallied to stay in front of Harrison and never trailed.
With the team already down two players, junior midfielder Gabi Larkin went down with a calf injury. This forced South Lyon to play smart lacrosse. The defense was outstanding again and Schams stood tall in the cage and made save after save.
While the offense missing some of its components, Burczyk, Williams and Lefevere put the team on their back and accounted for 12 of the 13 goals. Williams and Burczyk each had five goals, Lefevere had two goals and freshman Maddie Allerton added a single goal.
South Lyon 16, Lansing Waverly 2
South Lyon won its third straight road game Friday. It scored within the first minute of the game and the defense stymied Waverly in the first half by pitching a shutout.
The first half featured 11 goals by eight different players.
After halftime, Waverly went out and moved the ball well and got back into the game. South Lyon made some adjustments and quickly addressed some areas for improvement and focused on limiting Waverly’s ability to score.