The Michigan Mavericks, an under-17 club lacrosse team, is headed to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions this December in Wesley Chapel, Fla. after a highly successful summer season.
The Mavericks, comprised of area high school players, finished 22-1 overall capturing three of four tournaments in the top division including the Roller Coaster Rumble (Sandusky, Ohio), Great Lax Bay Classic (Saginaw) and the Pipe City Shootout (Vernon Hills, Ill.).
The team’s only loss of the season came in overtime during the finals of the Notre Dame Team Cup held in South Bend, Ind. They are 44-4 over the last two seasons.
Team members from Northville High included: Ty Kilar, attack; Zach Tardich, attack; Anthony Salamone, attack; Josh Bentley, midfield; Ryan Figueroa, midfield; Spencer Gonda, midfield; Jack Harrigan, midfield; Gannon Henke, midfield; Nate Holoway, midfield; Danny Scorzo, midfield; Kyle Condino, long stick midfielder; Abe Khoury, defense; Nick Williams, defense; and Connor Wright, defense.
Representing Novi Detroit Catholic Central is Cole Gingell, attack; Nick Capatina, midfield; Patrick Brandemihl, long stick midfield; Michael Molchan, defense; and Zach Downey, goalie.
Rounding out the Maverick’ squad was goalie Gary Cutler and midfielder Colton Tinsley, both of Birmingham Groves; midfielder Joey Mielke, South Lyon; and midfielder Ian Rush, Orchard Lake St. Mary Prep.
The coaching staff consisted of local and experienced college coaches including Scott Tynan (Michigan State/Pepperdine) and T.J. Braun (Central Michigan) along with Northville’s Nick Melucci (University of Detroit/MSU) and Tyler Gozdor (Michigan).