The Bucs took a 4-1 lead after the first period of play and carried that momentum to a 15-11 win.
“We came out hot,” said Grand Haven head coach Bill Hamm. “Our pressing defense set Zeeland back on their heels, and our transition offense netted three early goals in the first two minutes of the game. They fought back to keep the game close, but we were able to open up a three-goal lead at the end of the third quarter.”
Junior Mason Fritz scored the Bucs’ first seven goals and finished with nine on the night to lead the attack, and added nine steal, defensively. Junior keeper Matt Beals added 12 saves and added three steals.
Despite the win, improving their record to 11-8 on the season, Hamm saw plenty the team needs to improve upon.
“We cannot afford to allow a good shooting team like Zeeland opportunities like this,” he added. “We had 12 personal fouls called against us, leading to six goals. It seems like our hard-pressing defense was too aggressive tonight.
“Our under-disciplined defense allowed the game to be close, but we can improve on that. Learning to play the game as it is being called is something we also have to incorporate into our discipline.”
Junior varsity: Grand Haven defeated Zeeland, 10-4. Sophomore Griffin Kelly and freshman Jack Hardebeck led the offense with three goals each, while Sam Hankinson and freshman Brett Jennings led the defense with three steals a piece.
Grand Haven tennis sweeps East Kentwood
The Grand Haven boys tennis team swept all eight matches against East Kentwood on Wednesday to record an 8-0 win.
The Bucs swept the singles flight in straight sets, while the doubles teams were closer with No. 1 and No. 2 doubles going to three sets, but both teams of Mason Price and Dylan Shenefield and Chris Akselberg and Anish Mandala won their final sets decisively, 6-1.
“It is always nice to get a win and to get our entire team a win feels pretty good,” said Grand Haven coach Chris Wilton. “I was glad to see John Richardson and Cullen Davison and Weston Taylor and Ian DeGram play well at No. 3 and No. 4 doubles today. All of our doubles teams have played better, more consistent tennis lately, which they will need to do going forward. The singles players really played solid other than a few spots. They only lost five games in four total matches.”
The team will get back to the practice courts the rest of the week and then finish the conference regular season on Monday in a big match at home with Hudsonville. Currently there are three teams, including Grand Haven, within one match of each other for second place in the very tight O-K Red Conference race.
SL girls golf rolls at O-K Blue jamboree
The Spring Lake girls golf team carded a 156 on Wednesday to roll to another O-K Blue Conference jamboree win.
Grand Rapids NorthPointe finished in second place with a 180, while Coopersville came in third with a 193.
Senior Anna Kramer took medalist honors with a 36, while Jaedyn Shelton added a 39, freshman Phoebe Saunders carded a 40 and junior Madelyn Nelson took home a 41 to round out the team scoring.