OXFORD, Mich. - If the old adage that a team makes more progress between its first two games than at any other time of the season, then the Oxford varsity lacrosse team is on the right track. The 'disciplined' Wildcats cohesively ran past the visiting Anchor Bay Tars 16-1 Saturday at Wildcat Stadium upping their season record to 2-0.
"There was a great deal of progress from game one to game two and hopefully, we'll continue growing and playing the Oxford way," said Greg Normand, Oxford's head coach. "As our confidence grows, we'll play faster, and while we're making simple mistakes right now, I'd have to say that weather has played a part in our improvement."
Normand said Oxford has failed to play lacrosse this year in weather above 40 degrees.
"It's been crazy cold and we've really only had two or three good outside practices, so as the weather gets warmer, hopefully, we can loosen up and continue to hone those lax skills," Normand said.
Oxford scored early and often and built a 6-0 first quarter lead, pushed it to 9-1 by halftime and used a running clock by the middle of the third quarter. Sophomore attack Matt Pullman had six goals and two assists to pace the Wildcats' offensive showing, while Collin Grzanka knotted three goals and three assists. Oxford's Max Parsons and Thomas Wandrie had two goals (two assists), while Seth Grove, J.J. Poolton and Logan Vachon (three assists) each had a goal.
"We continue to have balanced scoring and we're getting shots offensively, but we'll keep a tempered view until the competition improves," said Normand.
Defensively, junior goalie Gio DeBlasi only allowed one goal on eight shots to secure his second win of the young season. Oxford's defensive was paced by Sam Barrott's five ground balls, while playing suffocating defense. Sophomore Shane Zyngier had three ground balls.
"Sam is quickly becoming a nightmare for the opponent's best player because he's fast enough to stay with the opponent and skilled enough to take balls away," said Jeremy Maslowsky, Oxford's defensive coordinator.
Oxford won the ground all war 36-14, while Logan Vachon was 12-2 on face-offs.
Oxford travels to Notre Dame Prep Tuesday with a non-league matchup before coming home Wednesday to host Lanse C'reuse North before the Wildcats take a hiatus for spring vacation.