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Cougars fall to GP South in first game

Rome, the saying goes, wasn’t built in a day. So it figures that it’ll take a few more sun rises for the new Dakota boys lacrosse program to get its footing.

Charles Ulbrich scored five first-half goals and James Rauh and Michael Kuchta finished with three goals apiece Tuesday to lead Grosse Pointe South to a 16-0 victory over the host Cougars in Dakota’s first game.

Despite being shut out, the Cougars made a believer of Don Wolford, the Grosse Pointe South coach.

“What they lack in talent, they definitely made up for in their effort, their desire and their heart,” Wolford said after his team improved to 1-2.

“Hats off to those kids,” Wolford continued. “They were playing just as hard with five seconds left in the game as they were five seconds in. It’s only going to get better for them.

“They’ve got a great coaching staff and a great turnout of kids.”

Dakota, led by head coach Robert Dameron, who has more than 20 years of experience in coaching, had 11 practices before facing the Blue Devils in the MAC crossover match.

“One thing we can’t coach is effort, and they kids came through greatly with that,” Dameron said. “They’re a band of brothers.”

Dakota coaches spent part of the match explaining basics of the game to their players.

“We just turned to page two of the whole practice manual,” Dameron said later. “We’ve touched on things, but what we need are repetitions.”

The first half was marked by more than the usual number of stoppages in play, a feature that one of the match officials said was to be expected.

“And that’s OK,” the man said. “(Dakota) is a new program. At least the kids are out here learning the game.”

Rauh’s third goal of the match gave Grosse Pointe South a 12-0 lead with 11:14 left in the third quarter.

The 12-goal difference brought about a running clock, which meant game time was interrupted only if an official or either team called time out.

Stuart Standish, Kuchta, Ryan Kotas and Dennis Wyatt added a goal apiece for the Blue Devils, who lost their first two matches to De La Salle and Detroit Catholic Central.

Ulbrich’s five-goal first half helped the Blue Devils build an 11-0 lead.

“Stuff was clicking,” the ninth-grader said. “I had some open shots and buried them.

“We got our first win. Hopefully this gives us some momentum for the next one.”

Grosse Pointe South plays at L’Anse Creuse North on Thursday. Also that day, Warren-Mott plays at Dakota in the Cougars’ second game.

“You don’t see any of them with their heads down,” Dameron said as the Cougars gathered for a historic first-game team picture at midfield following the match. “We only can go up from here.

“The intensity is there. The athleticism is there. The repetitions will be the most important thing.”

John Kyle and Turner Sine also had a goal apiece for Grosse Pointe South.

Last Updated: 3/28/2017 9:15:34 PM EST