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Plymouth lacrosse team dominates battle of KLAA Wildcats

 Plymouth lacrosse team dominates battle of KLAA Wildcats

Plymouth Midi James Darty makes life difficult for Novi’s Zach Lorenc.

Plymouth proved early and often Wednesday night that it is the best Kensington Lakes Activities Association boys lacrosse team with Wildcats as a nickname.

Based on the dominating fashion the Wildcats played Wednesday, they may be the best team in the KLAA regardless of nicknames.

The black-and-white Wildcats built a commanding 7-0 lead during the game’s first 30 minutes before finishing off Novi, 10-2, in the first conference game for both teams (according to KLAAconferenceSports.org).

The game was played at the P-CEP varsity stadium, which is still without a working scoreboard after a power surge disabled it last week.

Plymouth senior midi Cam Witt kickstarted his team’s goal party when he rocketed a shot into the back of the net after securing a pass from Griffin Gallaher not long after the final note of the Whitney Houston version of the National Anthem was played.

Novi’s Joey Saeli threatened to deadlock the game at 1-1 a short time later, but he was stonewalled by Plymouth goalie Griffin VanSickle, who was solid all night.

To check out video highlights from Wednesday’s game, click here.

Meier magic

The host Wildcats led 2-0 after the first 12-minute quarter thanks to a goal from Joseph Meier, who was assisted by Ethan Wendland.

Plymouth defender Braeden Milliken hems in Novi senior Braylon Juszak behind the net
Plymouth defender Braeden Milliken hems in Novi senior Braylon Juszak behind the net

Plymouth extended its halftime advantage to 5-0 on two goals from Sam Plencner and a single net-finder by Wendland. Chase Knutsen and Plencner assisted on two of the second-quarter goals.

Plencner’s second goal came just before the halftime buzzer as he stole a pass deep in Novi territory and lasered a shot past the Novi keeper.

After Gallagher scored Plymouth’s sixth goal off an assist from Plencner, Plencner filled the net for the third time after securing a pinpoint pass from Wendland, stretching the Wildcats’ lead to an insurmountable 7-0.

Novi’s Felipe Honda spoiled VanSickle’s shutout bid late in the third quarter with a shot from the doorstep.

Quick response

Witt countered moments later with his second goal before Plencner made it 9-1 with 10 minutes left in the contest.

Griffin Gallaher advances the ball upfield
Griffin Gallaher advances the ball upfield

Wendland and Plencner capped their outstanding efforts when Wendland scored after receiving a pass from Plencner.

Novi’s Braylon Juszak doubled his team’s goal count when he scored in the closing seconds.

The winners were powered by strong defensive efforts from seniors Alex Witt, Alex Lucas and Braeden Milliken.

Ed Wright can be reached at 734-664-4657 or edwright@socialhousenews.com.

Plymouth players celebrate a second half goal
Plymouth players celebrate a second half goal

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