It took the Hornets a while to warm up on a cold and windy night at Saline High School. But once they did, the boys’ varsity lacrosse team had little trouble putting away the Huron River Rats, 12-5.
Tommy Hickey scored five goals and assisted on four others to pace Saline. Brett Braun scored four goals and assisted on five.
Hickey stepped up in the absence of injured teammate Nick Karapas, who has been one of the team’s leading producers this year.
“We all came into this game knowing that everyone needed to do a little bit more. We got a boost getting Matt Baxter back. He helps us a lot on faceoffs,” Hickey said. “We played as a team today.”
Saline coach Matt Ceo said the Hornets’ attack was subverted by poor passing early in the game.
Saline was up 5-3 at halftime. They took over the game in the third quarter. Hickey scored four of his goals in the third period to help the Hornets pull away, with Braun assisting on all off them.
Sean Corcoran, Zach Cameron and Danny Kosek also scored for Saline. Sam Ozminkowski chipped in with two assists.
Dylan Peace led Saline with 6 ground balls. Kosek picked up four, while Corcoran, Hickey and Braun each grabbed three.
Baxter helped Saline go 12-6 in the faceoff circle.
Saline plays Skyline Monday night.
Hornet coach Matt Ceo said Saline’s strong finish against Huron gives the team some confidence heading into a game against a tough opponent.