The undermanned boys lacrosse team from Huron High School gave the Saline Hornets a battle on Wednesday night before the Hornets depth prevailed as Saline pulled away in the second half for a 13-8 victory to improve their season record to 10-4.
Senior David Simion scored three goals and assisted on four others and sophomore Davis Bruneau scored five times to pace the Hornets offense.
The game looked like it would be all Saline early as Tanyr Krummenacher, Simion and Dallas Klaassen scored in the first 5:30 of the game to stake the Hornets to a 3-0 lead. Huron responded with two quick goals to make it 3-2 at the end of the first period, despite the Hornets holding a 17-3 advantage in shots attempted. The River Rats kept the heat on, tying the game at the 7:28 mark of the second period at three goals apiece before Bruneau scored his first goal of the night with 3:13 left in the half to put the Hornets in front for good. Bruneau scored again with just 11 seconds left as he scooped up a ground ball and slipped by a defender before firing a shot past the keeper to make it 5-3 Saline.
The third period was the Simion and Bruneau show as Simion scored twice and assisted on three goals, two of them by Bruneau and the other by senior Noah Kreitz. Junior Mitch Gasche completed the Hornets’ six goal third period flurry with a nice lefthanded goal with just over a minute left in the period to make it 11-5 Hornets. The River Rats scooped up a long pass from their keeper and slipped one past the Hornet goalkeeper at the buzzer to cut the Hornet margin to five.
Huron kept it up, scoring two more goals early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 11-8 before senior Mathieu Winkelseth fired a shot from 20 yards out into the back of the net with 7 minutes to play. Simion again fed Bruneau for the final goal of the night with under three minutes to play.
The Hornets will play Ann Arbor Skyline, who they defeated in a double overtime thriller earlier in the season, at Skyline High School on Friday evening.
(Submitted by Bill Needham)