Hannibal Roda. Photo Courtesy of Daniel Salva

By JERAMY STOVER, SPORTS EDITOR

The University of Michigan-Dearborn lacrosse team finished up their season on Sunday. And it went the way most of the season has.

The Wolverines lost to Siena Heights 14-7 finishing the season with a 2-9 overall record while going winless in conference play.

The Saints got out to a 6-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. They extended that lead to 10-6 by the end of the second quarter.

UM-Dearborn could not muster up a second half comeback as they scored just one goal in the entire half getting shut out in the fourth quarter.

Assistant coach Mike Wagner explained the difficulties his team had in the second half.

“In the first half, we were patient; clearing well, and executing the offense. In the second half we struggled with clears, and that disrupted the flow of the game a little for us. When this happens, it can cause a domino effect,” Wagner said.

“When we did clear, the offense was so anxious to get the ball that we rushed things, tried to play too much tempo, and made some poor decisions that resulted in a turnover, or bad shot; which then resulted on us going back on defense tired, and then the game started to slip away.”

Sophomore Matthew Rosteck scored a season-high four goals during the contest. Hannibal Roda contributed with two goals and freshman Alex Gjokaj scored a goal as well.

In their final game of the 2016 season, Wagner admitted he told Rosteck before the game to play more aggressive.

“I talked to Rosteck before the game, and I encouraged him to start being more aggressive.  His combination of size, speed, and using both hands equally makes him a dominant player; maybe the best player on the field,” Wagner said.

“This being our last game, I really encouraged him to be decisive, take charge, be vocal, and demonstrate his dominance on the field. He responded very well, and proved how good of a player he really is.”