By Shane Lydon, Sports Editor
Photos courtesy of aqsaints.com
It’s a case of so far so good for Aquinas men’s lacrosse team as they’ve notched three conference wins out of three. Aquinas’ overall record stands at 6-2 with the two defeats occurring during their trip to Kansas.
The Saints kicked off their conference campaign in a classic encounter with Lawrence Tech in Farmington Hills. Aquinas somehow won the game 14-13 despite trailing 5-0 after the first period and 13-9 with just 11 minutes to go in the fourth.
Four goals apiece from Sam Klinsky and Cam Rogers inspired the team to the comeback and this was the perfect type of result to get the team mentally psyched for conference play.
Next up for Aquinas was a trip to Adrian to take on Siena Heights. It was another tough encounter but Aquinas looked more assured throughout, winning with an 11-8 final score. Despite Siena Heights breaking the deadlock early in the first, Aquinas replied with four on the trot and they never looked back from there. Klinsky and Rogers starred again with three goals each while there was also goals for Tyson Marsh, Nash West, Corby Haley and a brace for Blake Baker.
It’s always tricky to start a campaign with two games on the road but the two victories stood them in great stead as they prepared for their first home conference game of the season against Lourdes University.
Aquinas came out of the traps immediately and raced into an early four goal lead with goals from Klinsky, Rogers (2) and Neil Panega. Despite a brave response from Lourdes, Aquinas controlled the majority of the game and eventually sealed a 15-8 victory.
The Saints have five more conference games to contend with before the WHAC championships begin on April 23rd. With three of the remaining games being at home, Aquinas will be confident of putting themselves in the best possible position for the WHAC.
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