Lourdes Begins Home Slate with Convincing Win in WHAC Opener

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Playing at Wildcat Stadium for the first time in 2019, Lourdes began the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference portion of the schedule with a 21-4 victory over Taylor on Saturday afternoon.

Nine different Gray Wolves found the back of the cage while 10 players registered points in the victory.

“Today was a good team win,” head coach Patrick Yannarelli said after the game. “We were happy to see the work ethic from the guys.”

Lourdes jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the opening quarter as Cory Campbell (Dayton, Ohio/Bellbrook H.S.) scored three times and Blake Alexander (Edgewood, Ky./Dixie Heights H.S.) added two more in the opening 15 minutes.

Three more goals to open the second pushed the advantage to 10-0 before the Trojans found the scoreboard, but the Gray Wolves responded with four more tallies before halftime to build a 14-1 lead at the break. Lourdes outshot Taylor 24-9 in the first half.

Campbell’s fourth goal of the game and a marker by Jake Noel (Knoxville, Tenn./William Blount H.S.) increased the Lourdes edge to 16-1 before the Trojans scored their second of the contest. Noel fired home another goal as the horn expired in the quarter making it 19-2 heading into the final 15 minutes.

Both teams scored twice in the final stanza as Lourdes finished the contest with a 43-20 edge in shots.

Nick Johnson (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg H.S.) also scored four times for the Gray Wolves while adding a pair of assists for a team-high six points. Noel and Collin Miller (Royal Oak, Mich./Shrine Catholic H.S.) each added three tallies.

Tyler Griffiths (Fort Wayne ,Ind./Snider H.S.) and Clay Hall (Great Mills, Md./Saint Mary’s Ryken H.S.) both had their first goals of the year on the afternoon.

Miller won 7-of-13 faceoffs and had a team-high seven ground balls while Noel added six ground balls. Luke Burridge (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater H.S.) caused four turnovers.

In goal, Tyler Hart (Brighton, Mich./Brighton H.S.) made three saves over the first 41 minutes while Chris Douds (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls H.S.) and Sam Cleveland (Clackamas, Ore./Clackamas H.S.) made two and three saves respectively in relief.

Kyle Mongoven made 10 stops in the cage for Taylor (2-1, 0-1 WHAC) while the Trojans had four different goal scorers offensively. Nathan Sahly had a game-high nine ground balls for Taylor.

Lourdes (5-1, 1-0 remains home on Wednesday evening as the Gray Wolves entertain Lawrence Tech. The opening faceoff is set for 6 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium.