PETOSKEY — Lacrosse regionals will begin later this week with Petoskey hosting at Northmen Stadium, though there’s still some preparing to do before Friday comes.
Part of that preparation came Monday at Northmen Stadium, when Petoskey welcomed in Cadillac and came away with a fourth straight victory.
Petoskey leaned on a five-goal opening quarter to eventually come away with a 12-6 win over Cadillac, their second of the season over the Vikings.
“I thought we played well for a good portion of the game,” Petoskey coach Brian Main said. “We had some struggles there, but we were working some younger guys in and that happens sometimes. I thought our offense did a good job of recognizing the advantages we had and then our defense did a phenomenal job. The goals they scored were either man up or off a weird bounce.”
The win helped move Petoskey to 9-5 overall on the season and it also came as their eighth win in their last nine games.
The busy opening period had the Northmen up 5-1, with Petoskey’s Charlie Thomas getting the scoring started early in the game, then goals came followed by Brandon Klingelsmith, Zach Jacobs and Nate Thomas, before Charlie Thomas then closed the scoring in the first with under a minute left.
Petoskey’s Noodwin Keller then made it a 6-1 game in the second, Cadillac followed with a goal of their own, then Charlie Thomas scored his third of the game on a behind the back, through the legs shot directly in front of the Cadillac net. That made it 7-2 at the half.
The Northmen again held an advantage on the Vikings in the third quarter, as Jacobs and MJ Cesario scored before and after Cadillac added one to the back of the Northmen net.
With Petoskey up 9-3 to start the fourth, some younger players took the field for the Northmen, which is when Cadillac made a move to tighten things up, scoring three straight to make it a 9-6 contest.
Jacobs then made it a four-goal lead with a score, Mark Ledig then followed with one as well and Cesario added another, capping the scoring with three minutes to play.
“I thought we played better in the first half than the second half, but I think a lot of that was just situational when we were trying to get some guys in in the second half,” said Main. “We have some really good young players, but sometimes when you get the young guys out there, you don’t have the cohesiveness that you would.”
Petoskey’s Aiden Mailloux earned the win in goal for the Northmen, while freshman Austin Klingelsmith also saw action in the second half.
Petoskey’s prep for the postseason will continue with a trip to Bay City Western on Tuesday, then the focus turns to keeping the season alive with a visit at 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 19 from Saginaw Heritage in regionals.
“There’s still some things we want to correct still, but I’m excited for our game on Friday,” added Main. “It’s a team we lost to by one our first game of the season. We’ve gotten a lot better since then, I’m sure they have too, but we’re excited for that rematch.”
Petoskey’s season opener against Heritage (9-6) came as a 7-6 Hawks win.
A win for Petoskey would then put them in a Division 1 regional semifinal game against Swartz Creek, Midland or Bay City Central on Friday, May 27 in Midland.
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This article originally appeared on The Petoskey News-Review: Northmen lacrosse handles Cadillac ahead of busy week, regional Friday