Midland boys' co-op lacrosse coach Joe Stadelmaier looks back with pride on a season that ended with a loss to Hartland on Tuesday in a Division 1 regional final.
Midland finished 13-7 in its seventh season as an MHSAA program.
"It was the most difficult schedule we've had, and that's how I like to schedule lacrosse games. I'd rather play a challenging team if I can," Stadelmaier said.
"The thing that I'm most proud of is that we're in our seventh year in the MHSAA, and the teams that we played (this year) averaged 16 years (in the MHSAA). Hartland, for example, has had an MHSAA program for 18 years."
Midland had 13 seniors on the team, including top scorers Ryan Sisitki (76 points) and Elliot Moore (75 points). Sisitki will continue playing lacrosse for York College (Pa.) next year.
"It will be a challenge to replace this many players for 2020," Stadelmaier said.
Also graduating are defensemen John-Riley Herman, Michael Andriot, Micah Schieber, Shane Hogan and Christian Gordon; goalie Brandon Kovacevich; faceoff specialist Joey Cullinane; defensive midfielders Ethan Richard, Curtis Mularz and Carter Grove; and offensive player Carson Gray.
"We are going to rely on the players from the JV team to move up next year and contribute right away to the success of the team," said Stadelmaier, who had 32 players on varsity this year.
And he noted that having three freshmen already be significant contributors this season — Evan Chronowski, Ryan Stadelmaier and Ryan Pomranky — bodes well for next year.
"The future looks pretty good for Midland because our No. 4, 5 and 6 scorers are underclassmen. And our goalie (Jack Erickson) is (a sophomore) and one of the best goalies in the state," Joe Stadelmaier said.
Stadelmaier also said that the assistant coaches, junior varsity coaches, parent volunteers and others were instrumental in the success of the team.
"It takes a community to have a lacrosse program," he said. "It's like an iceberg — there's a lot underneath (the surface) that goes unseen and unheard."