Grosse Pointe South boys lacrosse going strong

By: Zachary Manning | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 23, 2019

 Grosse Pointe South’s Miles Dingeman looks to make a play against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett April 10. South won 11-4.

Grosse Pointe South’s Miles Dingeman looks to make a play against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett April 10. South won 11-4.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

GROSSE POINTE FARMS –– The Grosse Pointe South boys lacrosse team is on what it calls a “revenge tour.”

After going 9-7 last season and losing multiple games by one or two goals, the Blue Devils are looking to avenge those losses and make a statement.

So far, South has been able to avenge a loss to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett and will have the opportunity to do so as well against Grosse Pointe North, Dearborn Divine Child and Ann Arbor Pioneer later on in the season.

At press time, the Blue Devils were 4-4 overall and 1-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division. Their four losses were by a combined 10 goals.

“We held some really good teams in the state just to one-goal losses, so I think confidence is pretty high, not cocky though,” senior John Coyle said. “There’s an important distinction between the two, so I think we’re pretty confident going into these next few games.”

Experience has been a big key to the Blue Devils’ success this season, as South’s roster features 19 seniors. South coach Justin Macksoud likes the veteran leadership he’s gotten from his team thus far.  

For the Blue Devils, it all starts with the senior captains: Coyle, Miles Dingeman, John Kyle and Michael Kuchta. For the captains, keeping everyone energized and focused has been a priority.

Outside of the captains, South has also received solid play from junior Henry Coyle; sophomores Thomas Smith and Miles Wujek; and seniors Collin McQueen, Andrew Vyletel and Wyatt Dennis, among others.

“It’s a lot of fun, because we’ve been playing with a lot of the same guys for like four years, and some of us pretty much our whole life,” Dingeman said. “We’re all a pretty close-knit group of guys, so it’s a lot of fun playing with your buddies on the field, and you have that chemistry, too, playing with them for a long time.”

As the season progresses, the goal is to win the MAC Red and push toward making a playoff run. However, that won’t be easy, as South will see some formidable foes along the way.

Birmingham Brother Rice, Birmingham Seaholm, Detroit Cass Tech, University of Detroit Jesuit, Sterling Heights Stevenson, Troy Athens and Utica Ford II make up the Blue Devils’ regional.

Brother Rice has won 13 of the last 14 Division 1 state titles; Seaholm knocked South out of the playoffs one season ago; and Jesuit defeated the Blue Devils last season.

“Just having that mentality that we want to finish and we want to be the ones out on top is definitely helping us push,” Kuchta said.

South will take on North in a rivalry game at 6 p.m. April 25 at home.