Experience pays off for GH girls' lacrosse

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Grand Haven coach Kim Vincent remembers when her Buccaneers’ lacrosse team was just breaking in as a club sport.

Now with several years of varsity status under its belt, Grand Haven had a chance to meet another new program on Wednesday — the Lakers of Spring Lake, who are playing as a club team for the first time this spring.

Grand Haven’s experience — the Bucs have several players returning off last year’s team — was the clear difference in Wednesday’s contest as the host team scored a 17-1 win over the visitors.

Still, Vincent was impressed by what she saw from Spring Lake.

They worked really hard, and for their first time out there, they’ve got some good players, some fast girls,” Vincent said. “I’ve seen some of their girls play. They’ve been to my camps the last few years.”

Vincent’s team got off to a fast start on the frigid turf field at Buccaneer Stadium, scoring 10 first-half goals.

Mekenzie Anderson led the Bucs with four goals and an assist, while Casey Davis added two goals.

Single goals were scored by Maddie Nass, Savannah Albright, Maddie Bryant, Crystal Salinas, Courtney Wagasky, Courtney Hylok, Kylee Kowalskee, Claire Reenders, Hillary Land, Brooke Way and Anna Gagnon.

Goalie Stephanie Szymas made four saves in goal.

Karley Engelsman scored the Lakers’ lone goal.

Spring Lake’s team is coached by Hannah Richter, a 2007 Spring Lake High School graduate who was introduced to the sport in college.

“I started playing at Aquinas,” Richter said. “They were just starting a team and they needed players. It was a lot of fun, and I’m glad I can be back here coaching at my old school.

“I think the kids did a good job. It’s definitely a learning experience, but they’re starting to figure out the game.”

Richter said the Lakers had a middle school team last year, so a handful of the girls on Spring Lake’s squad have some lacrosse experience.

“But a lot of the girls have never played before,” Richter said. “But they’re excited. They’re all having fun.”

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