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Novi Detroit Catholic Central edges Clarkston in early season clashWITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Joe Wilson crosses midfield for Catholic Central in the thrilling 11-9 victory over Clarkston on Thursday, March 27, 2014 (Special to The Oakland Press/CHRIS WALL)
  • Junior Austin Dziewit gets ready for the shot for the Wolves 11-9 to Catholic Central on Thursday, March 27, 2014 (Special to The Oakland Press/CHRIS WALL)
  • Andrew Caris clears the defensive zone in Catholic Central's 11-9 win over Clarkston on Thursday, March 27, 2104 (Special to The Oakland Press/CHRIS WALL)
  • Clarkston's Robert Hall looks for the cutter in the third period of the tough 11-9 loss to Catholic Central on Thursday, March 27, 2014 (Special to The Oakland Press/CHRIS WALL)
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NOVI – The lacrosse season couldn’t be much further away from the state playoffs, but Thursday’s match between Clarkston and Novi Detroit Catholic Central had a playoff feel.

It was just the first game for the Wolves and the second for the Shamrocks, with both showing veteran play at times and youthful mistakes other times.

The game was tied 9-9 with three minutes to play before the Shamrocks rallied to score two goals down the stretch to grab the 11-9 victory.

“(Clarkston) has a great squad and we are very happy to come out with a win,” Catholic Central coach Dave Wilson said. “They have been very strong the last few years, so this is a big win for us early in the season.”

Despite the loss, the Wolves (0-1) were able to walk away with plenty of positive feelings from their season opener.

“I thought both teams played very well,” Clarkston coach Brian Kaminskas said. “It is early in the season. A lot of adjustments are going to need to be made. I think, as coach Wilson said, it’s not a game that either one of us are going to want to play at the end of the year.”

The goalkeeping was the story in the opening half as just five goals were recorded in the first 24 minutes. Catholic Central goalie Joe Williams and Clarkston goalie Jake Hendricks made big stop after big stop during the half.

After a 1-1 first period, Clarkston scored just seven seconds into the second on a goal from Reid Kaminski, but Catholic Central (2-0) answered just 18 seconds later on a goal from Jack Van Acker.

“That is what good teams do,” Kaminskas said of CC answering the quick Clarkston scores. “It is a game of runs and you don’t let a few goals get you out of what you are doing. They are one of the best teams in the state and there is a reason for that. When they had their chances, they made them count.”

The Shamrocks would take a 3-2 lead into halftime, but the Wolves again scored quickly to start the third as Kaminski netted his second goal 19 seconds into the third period.

Catholic Central would again respond 18 seconds later, with Van Acker netting the go-ahead goal as well.

“They can strike at any time. They are very gifted,” Wilson said of Clarkston. “If you continue to give them the ball and give them chances, they are going to capitalize and that’s what happened with those quick scores. Thankfully our guys responded and didn’t get rattled by them.”

The offense continued for both teams in the third as 10 goals were scored. The Shamrocks would build up a 6-3 lead before the Wolves turned to senior Connor Ward. Ward would lead a comeback charge by scoring four goals in the third. The Shamrocks would maintain an 8-7 leading entering the fourth, but Ward netted his fifth goal a few minutes into the fourth to tie the game at 8-8.

“We know he is going to be a marked man this year and (Catholic Central) paid good attention to him, so we had to make some adjustments,” Kaminskas said of Ward. “When he comes on, he is on. He has one of the best shots in the state and I think he showed that (Thursday).”

The Wolves seemed to have the momentum, but couldn’t grab the lead. Van Acker scored his fourth goal at the 7:18 mark of the fourth to make it 9-8 and Connor Dziewit answered for Clarkston at the 3:04 mark to make it 9-9.

The eventual game-winning goal would come with 1:41 to play as Justin Baker found the net off an assist from Zack Crawford to put the Shamrocks up 10-9.

“I thought Catholic Central did a pretty nice job of feeding the crease when we were sliding off of it,” Kaminskas said. “I thought they may some pretty nice adjustments, especially in the second half.”

Catholic Central would control the next minute of play before getting an insurance goal from Crawford with 32 seconds remaining.

“The ball is more important than the goal sometimes, so we wanted to make sure we had the ball. The best defense is a ball-possession offense,” Wilson said. “In a one-goal game with two minutes left, anything can happen.”

Baker finished with three goals for the Shamrocks to go with Van Acker’s four.

“We have some issues, but the kids are playing really hard and buying in to what we are doing. They are being very gutsy when we need them to, which is important,” Wilson said. “Some of the other things will iron themselves out when we get more games and practice time under our belts, but I like the effort we are giving right now.”

The Shamrocks will be back in action on Tuesday when they head to Brighton. Clarkston gets back on the field on Saturday, when it hosts Northville, looking to get its first win of the young season.

Last Updated: 3/27/2014 10:37:14 PM EST

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