On May 4, The Wildcats moved one step closer to an Oakland Activities Association lacrosse title after spanking host North Farmington 10-5 in league action despite steady rain.
Oxford was led by Spencer Petoskey’s six goals and Gavin Fritz’s two and three assist contest.
“It was fun watching Spencer tonight because he finally took the step to realize he can dominate a game with his talents,” said Head Coach Greg Normand. “We’ve been talking about crunch time and good players find a way to be difference makers in tight contests and tonight, he was a difference maker. I was really proud of him and Gavin… I thought they both played great.”
Oxford’s Dryden Calcaterra (one goal and two assists) and Sam Urban were the other offensive players who contributed to the win.
“Dryden is really settling in running our offense and he should be commended as well because he’s scoring, slowing down the offense and really doing a good job since I asked him to switch halfway through the year,” Normand said. “He gives us a lot of confidence with his play and at 6-6, he can see over a lot of the smaller defenseman.”
Hunter Lowe, a senior defender, is making a case to repeat as an All State player by picking up eight ground balls and adding an offensive assist, while Tyler Jenks played his best game of the season grabbing five ground balls and shutting down the Raider’s best offensive threats. Oxford goalie Geo DeBlasi made 17 saves and recorded his tenth victory between the pipes. Oxford is currently fifth in the state in goals allowed, according to Laxpower.
The Wildcats lost the face-off battle, but won the ground ball and turnover stats to cement the win.
The win moves Oxford’s overall record to 10-3 as the season begins wining down to the MHSAA playoffs.
Oxford is off for a week until they entertain Royal Oak Thursday, May 11 at Oxford Elementary School (109 Pontiac St.), which will be the squad’s first game on grass in 2017.