2017-05-17 / Walled Lake Central

Central celebrates senior night with 11-8 win

BY CHRIS WALL
STAFF WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER


Walled Lake Central junior Poff Midgley is checked in the third quarter as the Vikings pick up an 11-8 victory over Farmington on Friday, May 12. Walled Lake Central junior Poff Midgley is checked in the third quarter as the Vikings pick up an 11-8 victory over Farmington on Friday, May 12. What’s the best way to send out your senior class in the final home game of the year? By winning a thrilling lacrosse game over Farmington at home. The Vikings were buzzing all night long to take an 11-8 win over the Falcons.

The Vikings used a balanced attack as seven players scored to go with timely defense and big saves. This was the recipe for the victory in the home finale. Aiden Faye, Evan Arnold and Zach Norgrove all had hat tricks for Central.

Faye and Justin Blackburn scored in the first six minutes of the opening period to give the Vikings a quick 2-0 lead. With 9:38 left in the second, Gavin Jascoe’s goal gave Central a 3-0 lead. Farmington exploded for two goals less than a minute apart late in the second to cut the deficit to 3-2 at halftime.

The Vikings’ offense was clicking in the third as Central scored six times. Senior Poff Midgley’s wrist shot upped Central’s margin to 6-2 at the 8:20 mark, and Zach Norgrove scored with 1:50 left to give the Vikings a 9-4 margin.

Faye’s third goal of the game at the 10:16 mark of the fourth period gave the Vikings what looked like a commanding 10-4 lead. Things got interesting with 7:46 left in the game as the Vikings were whistled for a two-minute penalty.

The Falcons exploded for four goals in less than three minutes to seize momentum. Anthony Gionnini’s goal with 4:31 left cut the deficit to 10-8.

Central’s Coach Mike Cleary called a timeout with 4:23 left to slow the tide.

“Once we get the ball we need to keep the ball in the box,” said Cleary “If you have an opportunity, I told them to take the best shot. The Vikings certainly took his advice as Justin Blackburn scored in a flurry in front of the Falcons’ net for the 11-8 final.”

Midgley, Arnold, Norgrove, Mitch Klaserner, Austin Kramer, Hayden Harper and Trevor Krisan played their final home game for the Vikings (2-10.)

“It was the best effort of the season we put on the field” said Cleary. “I think having senior night at home before playoffs meant the boys obviously wanted to go out on a high note.”

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