As the varsity lacrosse season has concluded, the post season honors for members of the Oxford varsity lacrosse team begin to roll in after posting the best season in program history. The Wildcats posted a record 13 seasons victories and an Oakland Activities Association White Conference title, while senior attack man Spencer Petoskey was selected as the OAA Player of the Year.
Petoskey has earned a slew of post-season honors including a second straight season as a MHSLCA All-State selection, All-OAA, All MHSAA Region 8, and the OAA Player of the Year. Petoskey finished the year with 91 points (69 goals – 22 assists) and was selected as Oxford Most Valuable Player for 2017.
“If you watched us play, you know how valuable Spencer was to our offense. He was a great player and continued to grow as he heads to Oakland University to continue his athletic career. Spencer will be missed,” said Greg Normand, Oxford’s head coach.
Adam Bell was another graduating senior who picked up a ton of hardware at the team’s recent banquet. Bell was selected for the MHSLCA Third Team All State Defense for 2017. Bell was honored for All-OAA, All MHSAA Region 8 and he was one of two awarded for Oxford’s Best Defensive Player of the Year.
“Adam was a four-year varsity player who will continue his career at Hope College and there isn’t much I can say about his play this year except……incredible. Adam severely broke his leg in October during football and made a complete recovery to aid our defense into the fourth best goals against average in the state. Adam is a better young man than he is a defenseman,” Normand said.
Oxford was blessed to honor two members of the lacrosse program during their recent banquet with the Salani Family Achievement Award, which is dedicated to the Salani family who started lacrosse in Oxford in 2007. The award winners this year were senior midfielder Sam Urban and Oxford Lacrosse Club program director Garrett Koviac. The Salani Family Achievement Award is the program’s highest honor, said the coaching staff.
“I am only going to say that if I had more children, I’d want them to be Garrett and Sam. We wouldn’t have grown this program without Garrett and anybody that played Oxford this year raved about Sam Urban….I am not sure they raved, but I am here to tell you that almost every coach I dealt with said they couldn’t stop Sam. He wasn’t our leading scorer nor our best defensive player, but he was our most valuable asset in a program that tries to promote a team approach,” Normand said.
In the regional award category, sophomore goalie Giovanni DeBlasi, senior defenseman Tyler Jenks, attackman Gavin Fritz earned All OAA honors, as well as All MHSAA Region 8 honors.
“Geo, Tyler and Gavin were unbelievable contributors to this year’s success,” Normand said.
In Oxford Wildcat team honors, Max Parsons was honored as the varsity’s most improved player, Dryden Calcaterra was given the Coaches Integrity Award for his outstanding leadership, Hunter Lowe and Bell were voted the team’s best defenseman, while Fritz was the attack of the year and Urban awarded the best midfielder for 2017.
Oxford finished the season with a 13-5 record and lost in overtime to Midland in the MHSAA regional semi-finals. The 13 wins are the most in team history.
“I am just proud of these guys for all the work they’ve done and they all deserve the accolades that come their way. This was a really special team to coach to say the least and we certainly know what kind of legacy they’ve left behind and we appreciate them for leaving us in a great spot as a program,” Normand said.