Mark Daniell has been working to grow lacrosse in the Blue Water Area for a decade.
He recently received some news that proved he’s succeeding, and should continue that growth.
St. Clair will have a varsity lacrosse team in the spring, as the St. Clair United club team that Daniell had been coaching, is getting an upgrade.
“We started those camps and clinics in 2008, and really this whole thing got underway in 2005 in Port Huron,” Daniell said. “It moved south, and Anchor Bay had a few guys jump in. Now we’ve got three teams within 50 miles of each other.”
St. Clair will be eligible for the MHSAA postseason, and will also be a member of the Macomb Area Conference White Division, two things that weren’t options in its first four years of existence.
“Prior to that, we were the only team within at least 200 miles that was not in a league,” Daniell said. “The closest team to us was Houghton Lake that wasn’t in a league. Everybody had their schedules, so I had to scramble every year to try and play games. Playing in the MAC alleviates the scheduling (concerns), it alleviates (setting up) officiating.”
A year ago, St. Clair was 3-1 against MAC teams, with two wins against Anchor Bay, and one against Warren Mott/Sterling Heights. The lone MAC loss for St. Clair came against Port Huron United.
Daniell – who does not plan on being the team’s head coach in the spring – said St. Clair has been at .500 or above in each of its four seasons, including 2015’s 6-6-2 mark.
The program has also turned out multiple collegiate lacrosse players.
“This was the plan all along,” Daniell said. “We kept telling the kids, ‘Hang with it. Hang with it.’ We were telling the parents to hang with it.
“This has been a journey.”
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