South Lyon lacrosse returns with a 14-9 win over the Huron Valley Titans
If you like a physical lacrosse match, you would have loved the fight between the Huron Valley Titans and southern Lyon on Wednesday night.
In a back and forth, the south of Lyon came away with a 14-9 victory over the Titans.
Aldan Uphoff scored the first of his four goals of the night to give a 1-0 lead south of Lyon with nine minutes left in the first quarter. Huron Valley came right back to take a 2-1 lead over consecutive goals from Tyler Ristau, who worked his way inside to score from the slot machine to give the Titans a big boost. . The south of Lyon came back strong, adding two consecutive goals to take a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Intensity at both ends intensified in the second quarter as the game resembled a rivalry hockey game. Senior Mike Sherrill scored to reduce the deficit to 4-3 in traffic with just over nine minutes left in the first half. Ristau pulled off the hat trick to tie things up at 4-4 with his third goal as he was level in front of goal. Just over three minutes later, Ristau scored his fourth goal to give the Titans a 5-4 margin.
“We just came out with a game plan to attack all the corners and get things around the net and we started to work and continued to lead him to the net,” said Ristau. “My favorite goal was when I got pushed in the back and we took the lead in the second quarter.
Sud Lyon responded, definitely taking the lead. Junior Andrew McCarthy exploded for three consecutive goals, winning the hat trick to give Sud Lyon a 7-5 lead at halftime.
The physicality at both ends accelerated in the second half. Brendan Dale’s Titans’ goal just 27 seconds into the third quarter reduced their deficit to 7-6, but it was as close as Huron Valley would get the rest of the way. Gavin Limotte and Andrew Goodrich of southern Lyon scored back-to-back goals in the last minute of the third as they led 12-7.
The Titan offense struggled against Lyon’s southern defense in the final quarter as main goalkeeper Gus Taylor made some big saves down the home stretch. Dale scored for Huron Valley to cut the deficit to 13-9. McCarthy of southern Lyon scored his fourth goal of the game for the final 14-9.
Titans head coach Craig Pattison was proud of his team’s determination, saying, “We came out very early with a very good attacking game. Our man was going very well and we were moving the ball very well. It boiled down to defensive saves that weren’t enough for their outside shooters. We had a good ride and a good distance. We were doing a good defense in midfield and we returned the ball, but we couldn’t capitalize.
“It’s been a weird year because you don’t know who is all playing,” he continued. “The children are happy to be back. I don’t think we’ve had a full squad all season. We have merged our junior university and university teams. It’s good to be here.
After playing Howell on Friday, the Titans (3-3 LVC, 4-7) will travel to Walled Lake Northern on Wednesday to face Walled Lake Northern / Walled Lake Central United.