St. Clair Shores Lake Shore junior midfielder/attack Justin Young looks to retrieve the ball during the team’s inaugural game April 9 against Warren Cousino. The Shorians fell 13-1.

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore junior midfielder/attack Justin Young looks to retrieve the ball during the team’s inaugural game April 9 against Warren Cousino. The Shorians fell 13-1.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Lake Shore establishes lacrosse program

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 15, 2019

 Coach John Fowler talks with his team during the game against Cousino. The Shorians’ next game is against Chelsea High at 7 p.m. April 24 on the road.

Coach John Fowler talks with his team during the game against Cousino. The Shorians’ next game is against Chelsea High at 7 p.m. April 24 on the road.

Photo by Deb Jacques

ST. CLAIR SHORES — John Fowler has 35 years of experience coaching lacrosse and even more when you include his playing career.

Fowler helped establish the programs at Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett and Grosse Pointe South, so he’s no stranger to getting programs off the ground.

Add Fowler’s work as a current teacher in the Lake Shore school district, and it makes perfect sense that he’s been tapped to establish the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore lacrosse program.

Fowler, who also coached at Grosse Pointe North and Warren De La Salle, called the establishment of the program the brainchild of district Superintendent Dr. Joe DiPonio and Shorians Athletic Director John Hartley.

“They’re forward-thinking people,” said Fowler, who is a member of the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. “Lacrosse is a growing sport. It’s a sport for the new millennium. It has elements of hockey, football, soccer and basketball. It’s a great game, and I’m glad we’re bringing it to Lake Shore.”

Recruiting prospective players was not a problem, Fowler said. Excitement for the new program was at a fever pitch.

Senior captains Luke Pokorske and Anthony Marsiglio are two of 21 players on the Shorians (0-1 at press time) co-ed roster. Both Pokorske and Marsiglio played for the Lake Shore football team and were thrilled with the prospect of playing a spring sport.

“Our motto for football was ‘relentless pursuit,’” Pokorske said. “That applies to lacrosse, too, because you have to be quick to the ball and you want to possess the ball as much as you can.

“I think this is pretty cool. Lacrosse is looked at as a prestigious sport. The game is growing, but not all schools have it. This could be something to put Lake Shore on the map.”

Hartley said the team will play an independent schedule this season before joining the Macomb Area Conference in 2020. This year’s schedule, Hartley said, comprises several programs also in their infancy.

Marsiglio said the team is as well-prepared as a first-year team could be. He said camaraderie could help the team find success in its infancy, as many players on the team have relationships off the field.

“We’ve all been pretty hyped up about getting this started,” Marsiglio said. “This is going to be a pretty cool experience.”

Fowler said all the players have taken the game seriously. Members of the team even spent their spring break on the practice field. The team will work hard every day, Fowler said, with the hopes of bringing the school and the district another team to take pride in.

“We’re happy to be able to get this going,” Fowler said. “It’s going to be fun.”

Lake Shore’s next game is against Chelsea High at 7 p.m. April 24 on the road.