By RYAN PETRAS, Staff Reporter
Heading into last weekend, the Wolves lacrosse team was fighting for first place in the CCLA. Unfortunately, they fell in both games to fall to second place in the division.
In the first game, the Wolves fell to the John Carroll Blue Streaks 10-6 on Saturday in University Heights, Ohio. The two teams were undefeated in the division heading into the heavyweight bout.
It was a close game up until the fourth quarter when the Blue Streaks scored five to put the game away. After one quarter, the Wolves were up 2-1, and tied 3-3 at the half.
John Carroll took a 5-4 lead after the third quarter, and then scored another five in the fourth to put the game away.
Midfielder Kevin LaHaie led the offensive rush, scoring two goals, extending his career high to 15 goals and 16 assists to lead his team in points with 31. Attacker Dylan Hatcher also added two goals of his own, adding to his team-leading total of 25. Goaltender Sean Walsh struggled against the Blue Streaks, giving up 10 goals on 22 shots.
Goals for the Blue Streaks came sophomore David Brill, who had four to lead John Carroll, followed by senior Ryan Cox with two. Casey Vogl, Chad Riley, Brian Jaszka, and Patrick Kuchta all chipped in for one goal apiece to give the Blue Streaks 10 on the day.
The Wolves looked to bounce back against the Aquinas Saints at Groves High School in Beverly Hills, but that wasn’t the case, as they lost a heartbreaker 9-8.
Once again, the Wolves took the early lead after the first quarter, up 2-1, and and 5-4 lead at halftime. The Saints came out with renewed vigor in the second half, tying the game after the third quarter, 6-6, and pulled out the close win in the fourth quarter, 9-8.
LaHaie led the offense again with a hat-trick to bring his total to 18 on the season with a team-leading 35 points. Hatcher and fellow midfielder, Nick Thurber also scored two goals in the contest. Hatcher now leads the team with 27 goals and good for fourth in the CCLA DII scoring race. The Saints were lead by attackers Zack Brancheau who had one goal and three assists, and Kyle Foley who added two goals and three assists.
The Wolves still have a chance to make the playoffs. They will have to defeat Lawrence Tech (3-5) on Wednesday to advance. The last time these two teams met, the Wolves defeated the Blue Devils 12-9, and if they can repeat that performance, they’ll be heading to the postseason.