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Lining leads Troy Athens to 18-11 win over Bloomfield Hills WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Lacrosse - Boys - 4/18/2017 7 p.m.

Bloomfield Hills 11
Troy Athens 18
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BLOOMFIELD HILLS – Jake Lining has been one of the top goal scorers for years in Oakland County when it comes to boys lacrosse.

Now, as a senior, Lining has developed into a complete player.

His talents were on full display Tuesday night when he led Troy Athens to an 18-11 win over Bloomfield Hills by scoring eight goals and racking up six assists.

“Jake really took over,” Athens coach Justin Suarez said of Lining. “He has really matured entering his senior year, so he’s not only looking to score goals, but also facilitate for others and that has really given us a spark on offense.”

The game was really broken open in the fourth quarter, as the Red Hawks (4-2) only held a 10-8 lead on the Black Hawks (4-3) entering the frame, but Athens found the offense over the final 12 minutes. Lining had three goals and two assists in the fourth to spark an 8-3 advantage.

“We just did the fundamentals well in the second half,” Lining said. “In the first half we were struggling with everything. It was a slow-paced game, but we decided to pick up the tempo in the second half and that led to a lot of good things.”

Lining, the UMass-Lowell product, always has the attention of the opposing defense, but Lining used that to his team’s advantage on Tuesday. The senior was able to consistently find an open teammate throughout the game and that has become an important aspect to his game in his final season with the Red hawks.

“Being a senior means being a leader and that is important to me,” Lining said. “Being a senior means you’re helping raise the level of play of the other guys on the team. It’s knowing when to make the right play and also recognizing how the help everyone else on the team improve.”

Athens and Bloomfield Hills were tied on five different occasions, the last being 8-8 in the third period before Athens would go on a 10-1 run that lasted late into the fourth. Lining managed to score two goals in a 10-secod span in the fourth and then racked up his final assist a minute later on a goal by Paul Balalas.

“This year I am doing a lot more feeding,” Lining said. “When I was a freshman, I was looked at to primarily score goals and it’s nice to be able to be able to do both. We have a lot of good players this year that make it easier for me to get assists and goals.”

Zack Spinek had four goals for the Red Hawks in the win while Thomas Kennedy scored three times. Andy Filips and Tyler Nelson also found the net for Athens.

Bloomfield Hills was led by Paul Mucci, who had five goals while Max Levine added three and Eddie Dyla had two.

Troy Athens is off to a 4-2 start to the season as they seek to improve on an 8-10 record in 2016.

“We may be low in numbers, but I think the ones that are here are very talented,” Lining said. “This team has a lot of potential.”

Last Updated: 4/18/2017 11:04:38 PM EST

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