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Cranbrook-Kingswood, De La Salle to continue game Thursday after postponement WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Cranes will have a 6-3 lead with 4:04 left before halftime when play resumes Thursday

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WARREN - Facing adversity is nothing new for De La Salle’s lacrosse team this season.

So Wednesday’s weather delay due to thunder that eventually led to a postponement of the Pilots’ Catholic League Central Division match with Cranbrook-Kingswood was nothing new to them.

“Our first practice of the season we had an ice storm, then we had a power outage,” DLS coach Matt Lorio said. “We’ve had practices we’ve had to reschedule.

“We had planned to have our first week of practice at Liberty Park and they shut down so we had to search for a new place,” Lorio continued. “We find a place and get out there and there was a windstorm and it’s minus-10 degrees. So I tell the kids to adapt and overcome. We’re going figure out a way through this so for us this is just another thing and we’ll find a way through it.”

The game will resume at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Cranbrook-Kingswood with the Cranes leading the Pilots 6-3 with four minutes and four seconds left before halftime.

“This season will definitely build character,” Lorio said. “The kids are prepared for anything. We tell them to be ready for anything and we’ve seen everything.”

Cranes coach Mat Wilson is hoping his team’s fast start carries over to the resumption of the game, which began at Macomb Community College.

“We’ll see,” Wilson said. “We would have liked to have gotten the game in, but safety comes first.

“I think the kids like the idea of having another game (Thursday) instead of practice,” Wilson smiled. “I think everyone is OK.”

The Cranes (1-1) opened the scoring just nine seconds into the match and held a 5-2 advantage after one quarter.

“We try and worry about our play and not what the other team does,” Wilson said. “We’ll show up and play exactly the same way.”

The slow starts to games this season is nothing new for DLS (1-3).

“We’ve had a few slow starts in a few games that we’ve already played,” Lorio said. “I’m not sure what to attribute it to. We prepare the guys. We tell them what to expect. They know who we’re playing. We’ve been playing them several years in a row.

“We have the ability to score so we just need to find that right balance,” Lorio added. “We’re very resilient. They’re upbeat, have great attitudes, give me great effort and very enthusiastic.”

The Cranes got three goals from Jacob Cook (assist) and two out of Joey Luciani. Davis Schiller also scored, while Grant Coleman (two) and Willis Reasoner had assists.

Zach Yerian, Paul Manuszak and Thomas Hernandez had goals for DLS.

The postponement did give both coaching staffs a chance to scout Detroit Country Day and Brighton.

CK plays DCD on Friday, while DLS plays Brighton.

Last Updated: 4/5/2017 8:45:45 PM EST


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