Boys' lacrosse wraps up a successful seasonFriday, June 01, 2012 By Jimmy O'Brien
After gaining the respect of the school, the most successful lacrosse team in Walled Lake Central’s history saw its season come to an end on May 14 with a 13-12 loss to Plymouth following three overtimes in the Division I playoffs. The season-ending loss to Plymouth was a terrible way to end the season, yet it represented these boys’ season perfectly as they fought to the end and throughout every minute of the triple overtime loss. The final score of 13-12, the loss made all that worse after Central had beaten Plymouth 15-7 earlier in the season. “It was a terrible way for our seniors to go, but I’m proud of our boys, they fought until the very end,” said junior Eric Rosteck. Leading up to the Division I playoff, the team was 12-5, good enough for a third place tie with Howell and Huron Valley Unified in the Lakes Conference. Throughout the season, the highlights included a win over Walled Lake Northern as well as a season-opening win over Bishop Foley. Despite the end to the season, the team enjoyed their fair share of success, including a win over cross town rival Walled Lake Northern. Rosteck put in a couple of his state-leading 93 goals, helping the team win the game 13-10. While Northern did not have a very successful season compared to Central’s, the rivalry games are the ones that truly prove what a team is made of, and this historical Walled Lake Central team proved that they had the skill and tenacity to make it far due to this game. “I think the Northern game might have been my favorite because the atmosphere and hype around this game was unreal, everyone showed up and cheered us to victory,” said junior Alex Palafox. The season-opening 10-9 win over Bishop Foley was the basis for the successful season that the Vikings had. Bishop Foley was the second hardest team on their schedule and with this win, the boys from Walled Lake proved to the Lakes Conference that they were a force to be reckoned with. This win, yet another squeaker, proving the resilience of this team. “The opening win really set the tone for us, it was such a big win and it gave us a lot of momentum,” said Rosteck. So while the team is disappointed about their season, Walled Lake Central is proud to send the 2012 seniors off with the most successful team in school history.