Troy — Brennan Kamish’s wraparound goal with 2:26 left in overtime sent Detroit Catholic Central to its fourth straight Division 1 boys lacrosse final with a 12-11 win over Hartland on Wednesday at Troy Athens.
Catholic Central (15-5) will take on 12-time state champion Birmingham Brother Rice at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Parker Middle School in Howell. Brother Rice beat Rockford 8-6 in the division’s other semifinal game.
“We’ve been waiting for them all year long,” said Kamish, who had a hat trick. “The hype’s been coming (from) over there, and it’s been coming since early March.”
Hartland (21-1) scored twice in eight seconds to jump out to a 2-0 lead with 8:35 left in the first period on goals from Carter Eiden and Jake DeYoung.
Eiden scored again with 4:20 left on a shot that C.C. goalkeeper Hunter Braun couldn’t hang on to, before Jake Gallaher scored with 3:12 left to make it 4-0.
“That’s a typical move (from) us,” Kamish said. “It’s got to stop happening. I know it’s late in the season and we’ve got one more game left, but you know, if you looked at the Northville game last weekend, the kind of same thing happened. It’s all about staying calm and collected.”
But C.C. clawed back on goals from Ryan Sullivan (with 2:03 left) and Ethan Pattinson (56.4 left) to make it 4-2 after one period.
C.C. lacrosse coach Dave Wilson on his team's fourth straight trip to the Division 1 finals. Al Willman
“It started out very poorly for us,” C.C. coach Dave Wilson said. “We play an exceptionally tough schedule and we talk about hanging in there sometimes. We started without the ball for a long time and once we got the ball, we kicked the door in a little. Obviously 4-2 is a lot better than 4-0.”
Just 46 seconds into the second period, Garnet Potter scored to make it 5-2, before Peter Thompson got the first of his three goals for C.C. with 9:37 left.
Kamish’s brother, Joey, scored with 8:03 left in the second period to make it 5-4, which was the score at the half.
Hartland boys lacrosse coach Garnet Potter III on Wednesday's 12-11 overtime loss to Detroit Catholic Central in a Division 1 semifinal at Troy Athens Al Willman
C.C. tied the game and took its first lead in the span of 1:28 in the third. Kamish scored with 11:15 left to make it 5-5, before Nick Captiana gave C.C. a 6-5 lead with 9:47 left. But Hartland tied it on a goal from Andrew Spisz with 9:20 to go.
Hartland tied the score four times in the final period and a half, with perhaps no stretch more critical than Spisz’s two goals — his third and fourth of the contest — in 18 seconds, turning an 11-9 C.C. lead into an 11-11 tie with 1:22 left in regulation.
For Wilson, Saturday’s matchup isn’t like the last three. It’s simpler than that.
“(It’s) too familiar,” he said. “It’s just a Catholic League game.”
Brother Rice 8, Rockford 6
Detroit CC 12, Hartland 11, OT
Brother Rice vs. Detroit CC, 2 p.m. at Howell Parker Middle School
East Grand Rapids 17, BH Cranbrook 7
GR Forest Hills Central 11, Detroit Country Day 10, OT
East Grand Rapids vs. GR Forest Hills Central, 4:30 p.m. at Howell Parker Middle School
Al Willman is a freelance writer.