Troy High boys LAX keeps battling

By: Christian Davis | Troy Times | Published May 11, 2016

 Troy High’s Patrick Tanguay looks for an opening against Rochester Adams May 5 at home. The Colts fell 6-5.

Troy High’s Patrick Tanguay looks for an opening against Rochester Adams May 5 at home. The Colts fell 6-5.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

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TROY — Troy High boys lacrosse coach Nick Stenson knows this is a rebuilding season.

Coming off a 14-5 overall campaign last year, the Colts were hit hard by graduation and have only six seniors on the current roster, which is outnumbered by the amount of underclassmen.

“We’re a young team overall. Graduating 20 seniors from last year, there are some huge shoes to fill,” Stenson said.

Despite the lack of experience, the Colts had battled to a 6-7 overall mark at press time. Troy was 0-4 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

“It’s inexperience. Last year it wasn’t an issue. This year it is. It’s growing pains, but it bodes well for the future,” Stenson said. “We have a lot of sophomores and a couple freshmen that are getting experience. We knew this year was going to be difficult for us.”

The Colts have been competitive in most games, showing signs of things to come.

“We’re right where we expected to be. To battle in one- and two-goal games,” Stenson said.

Senior goalie Logan Shamblin has helped keep opponents at bay.

“Logan has been great for us all season. He does his job and leads the defense,” Stenson said.

Of Troy’s seven losses, four have come by two goals or less, including the most recent setback, a 6-5 loss to Rochester Adams May 5 at home.

Adams opened the game with a 2-0 lead before the Colts responded with four of their own goals to make it 4-2 at the half.

Troy led 5-3 with 8:28 left in the third before the Highlanders made their rally. Adams eventually scored two goals in the final five minutes to get the win.

Sophomore Jack Baker paced Troy, as he has much of the season, with two scores.

Juniors Michael Flynn and Joey Bugaj, and sophomore Chris Kondoleon each added one goal.

The regional tournament begins May 16; The draw was not available at press time.

Stenson said the goal is simple.

“Just keep fighting and getting better. We don’t really make a playoff goal or anything like that,” he said. “We’re just trying to get better every day. It may be tough to see, but it’s happening.”

Catch the Colts take on rival Troy Athens at 7 p.m. May 12 on the road.

 

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