The Saline Hornets boys lacrosse season ended on Tuesday night as the Northville Mustangs broke open a tie game in the second quarter and the Hornets were unable to recover. Northville won the regional quarterfinal, 12-2.
The Hornets jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when freshman Tanyr Krummenacher found a cutting Tom Needham with a pass 40 seconds into the game and Needham ripped it past the keeper from 8 yards out. A tight defensive struggle followed until finally broken when Northville scored twice within 90 seconds to take a 2-1 lead with 5 minutes left in the first quarter. The defenses on both sides buckled down again as the quarter ended 2-1 Northville. Saline struck quickly in the second period, again scoring at the mark as senior Noah Kreitz found Jay Graden cutting in front of the net and Graden converted for his team high 40th goal of the season to knot the score. A few minutes of tough defense on both sides was ended when Northville scored at the mark of the second quarter to take a lead they would never relinquish.
Three more Mustang goals followed as Northville built a 6-2 halftime lead. A Hornet penalty early in the third gave the Mustangs a man advantage, which the Mustangs converted to pull ahead 7-2 with left in the third period. Northville added another goal a minute later before the Hornets mounted an extended offensive surge but could not get one past the Northville keeper as the score remained 8-2 at the end of three.
The Mustangs added four more goals in the final period and kept the Hornets frustrated on offense to earn the 12-2 victory to advance to play Detroit Country Day in the MHSAA playoffs.
The Hornets end their season with a record of 11 wins and 7 losses in head coach Ryan Crawford’s second season at the helm. While the Hornets will lose 18 seniors to graduation, they have a number of experienced varsity contributors returning and JV coach Dan Cain’s squad that went 14-2 in 2016, so the future looks bright for Saline boys lacrosse.
Season leaders for the Hornets were: