Charles Roth ’14 – Sports Editor
Romeo’s history with teams from the Oakland Activities Association wasn’t too hot going into Wednesday’s game, but crossing county lines was the least of the Bulldogs worries as the Varsity Lacrosse team traveled to play Stoney Creek in a non league matchup.
“It’s nice playing the competition, especially when we are trying to work our way up the ladder,” Brandon Lebioda(12) said about the tough OAA Conference.
Coming off a nail biting loss to Grosse Pointe North the Dawgs regained their momentum with a thrilling 8-6 win over the Cougars. Romeo didn’t waste any time as Brandon Lebioda(12) found the back of the net on an unassisted goal early in the first period, putting the dogs up 1-0 after one.
Following Jake Archutowski (12) , and Samuel Mohawk (12) goals, the Dawgs defense quickly lost composure as penalties helped the Cougars score 3 goals, leaving both teams at a stalemate going into the half.
A quick pep talk was all the Dawgs defense needed. Defenseman Blake Williams (12), and Mitchell Hess (12) gave their goalie a lot of love in the crease, with a cold offense and handful of saves by Drew Pointe (12) both teams went scoreless throughout the third.
“[Defense] It’s what kept us in the game. We executed everything we needed to which, is what kept the score tied,” Pointe said.
With the sun down, and a chill in the air both teams fired up theirs offenses for a goal filled fourth period. Stoney struck first, but Brendan Salva (11) found the net bringing the game back to a gridlock. The Cougars weren’t done just yet as they rallied back with 2 goals, to take a 6-4 lead halfway through the fourth. From here it was all Romeo as Lebioda soon countered their two goals with two of his own, before going into a late fourth period timeout.
“It was rough [going down two goals in the fourth], someone had to step up and make plays,” Lebioda said.
The last two minutes were a perfect balance of defense and offense, lead by Mitchell Hess who added a long goal of a stolen ball from the long stick midfielder position.
“It was wide open,” Hess said about his goal.
Hess wasn’t done there as he assisted Blake Blaisdell (9) on a sound offensive drive putting Romeo up 8-6.
Mitchell Hess (12) aims and fires a shot for the Bulldogs just beating a Stony Creek defender
Photo By Charles Roth