FHC Lacrosse team looking towards state final


Grant Bardelli, Sports Writer

Summer can not seem to come fast enough. The days are longer, the sun is shining and the grass is green. Most kids are counting the days left in school, but the FHC lacrosse team is counting the games they have left until the state finals.

The Rangers finished the regular season with a record of 17-2, sporting quality wins against Cranbrook, EGR, and Okemos. The team started off strong, winning its first 10 games before losing to powerhouse Culver Military Academy. FHC  then finished the season with 3 straight wins, two of which were by more than 15 goals.

The lacrosse team started off in the first round playing University Liggett. They handily beat the private school from Grosse Pointe by a score of 21 – 4. Next up on the schedule is Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard. The game will be played Friday, June 3 at Howell-Parker Middle School at 5.

FHC’s high-powered offense has generated an outstanding 18.11 goals per game, beating teams regularly by over 10 goals. This is good for first in the state and second in the nation. The offense may be the catalyst of the team, but the defense is more than solid, ranking 16th in the state in goals allowed per game.

Should the Rangers make it past Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, they would play on Wednesday, June 8 against either Warren DeLasalle or Cranbrook at Howell-Parker Middle School. The presumptuous favorite would be Cranbrook, who has spoiled FHC’s playoff run the past two years. The Rangers already played them, winning 18 – 10 in April. While it is a bit of a down year for Cranbrook, it still figures to be a good game should they make it past DeLasalle.

If FHC was to make it all the way to the state finals, it would be on Saturday, June 11 and again would be at Howell-Parker Middle School. There are a slew of teams that are contenders to make it to the championship, but the most likely bet would be EGR. FHC and EGR have faced off twice this year with the Rangers winning both games, first 14 – 13 then 15 – 9 in the conference championship game.