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By Drew Ellis
CLARKSTON >> The Rochester Adams boys lacrosse team has found itself in new territory.
Thanks to an 11-8 win over Bloomfield Hills on Tuesday night in the Division 1 regional semifinal at Clarkston High School, the Highlanders have advanced to their first regional final as a program. “It’s a big deal for our guys,” Adams coach Mike Torriglia said. “These guys have worked hard and are playing some really good lacrosse. It’s really all about the effort they have put in.”
Adams had suffered an 8-5 loss to Bloomfield Hills back on April 18, but the Highlanders led most of Tuesday’s contest thanks to possession control.
“Last game we got killed on faceoffs and we made an adjustment for this game and it worked really well,” Torriglia said. “Billy Hart had a phenomenal game in the faceoff x and we also did a great job of clearing the ball. I think those two things really won us the game.”
Bloomfield Hills started the game fast, establishing a 4-1 lead in the first four minutes of play. The Black Hawks got two of the four goals from long-stick players, Nikko DiPonio and Martin Fourreau. After the slow start, Adams would lock in defensively, holding Bloomfield Hills scoreless for nearly 24 minutes of play. In that time, Adams would scored six straight goals to take a 7-4 lead into halftime. Will Ronan had four goals during the run.
Adams would stretch its lead to as many as five goals before Bloomfield Hills scored the final two goals of the contest to keep it interesting. The Black Hawks cut the score to 11-8 with 4:11 to play, but couldn’t find the net again.
“It was good for us to be able to bounce back and win this game after losing to them previously,” Torriglia said of playing Bloomfield Hills. We knew we could perform better than we did and I was happy to see our guys avenge that loss and show improvement.” Ronan had five goals to lead both teams in scoring while Aidan Boeve had three scores for Adams. Trevor Callaghan led the Black Hawks with two scores.
With Tuesday’s win, Rochester Adams advances to face Clarkston in next Wednesday’s regional championship at 6:30 p.m. at Clarkston High School. These two met back on May 9, with Clarkston earning a 9-8 win overtime despite Adams leading the match 8-2 at one point.
“We were right there with them the whole time,” Torriglia said of facing Clarkston. “We came out hot and then we got into a rut. We just have to communicate better as a team and play with confidence. It should be a great battle.”