Lacrosse ends season
with awards, firsts
by DAN SALVA
Romeo lacrosse improved their record over last year with eight wins and 9 losses in the highly competitive Mac Red Division. Since joining Mac Red Division 1 status, the Bulldogs have played a more competitive schedule and have increased their LaxPower standings year after year.
But the success of the team, led by Head Coach Larry Halushka, goes beyond wins and losses, as the Bulldogs earn many firsts and several prestigious awards throughout the season.
This season was the first time Romeo played the dominant Brother Rice Warriors, a nationally ranked powerhouse within the LAX community. The Bulldogs lost to the Warriors, but they walked away proud and learned that they can compete against one of the best teams in the league.
The 2014 season was also the first time in program history that a Romeo lacrosse team has defeated a Rochester team. The Bulldogs defeated the Stoney Creek Cougars 8 to 6 (on Cougar turf) in one of the most exciting games of the season.
Another Bulldog first was accomplished during the midseason game against L'Anse Creuse North. Down 4 to 9 at the end of the third quarter and what appeared to be a certain loss for the Bulldogs, Romeo made an incredible comeback and scored seven goals in seven minutes. This was a Romeo first and quite possibly a league record in what has become the most talked about game of the season.
This year saw the first time in Romeo history that a freshman player was brought up to start on the varsity team. Blake Blaisdell started on the varsity attack line every game this season. He was third in points for the season and in the top five for ground balls and penalties.
Hard work and dedication throughout the season paid off, as the Bulldogs earned a barrage of awards and learned of news regarding the team and several of its players. Captain Brandon Lebioda and lead attackman Brendan Salva both won the coveted Mac Red All Conference award. Lebioda led the team in assists with 21 and was the second-leading goal scorer with 17. Salva led the team in goals with 34 and was the overall points leader with 40.
Mitch Hess, the Bulldogs' long stick middie and Lebioda also won the prestigious Macomb Daily lacrosse awards. Lebioda was recognized with the All County award and Hess earned the Second Team Honorable Mention award.
The Romeo lacrosse team also earned the Mac Red Sportsmanship award.
To top it off, the team learned that three of their seniors signed lacrosse letters of intent with two prestigious colleges. Attackman Sam Mohawk and Lebioda both signed with Albion College and starting goalie Drew Pointe signed with Siena Heights.
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