SL girls win GH's Lax Blast

Bucs' varsity squad outlasts Portage
Matt DeYoung
May 11, 2014

Spring Lake’s girls lacrosse club beat a pair of Grand Haven JV teams to take first place in Saturday’s Grand Haven Lax Blast Tournament.

The Lakers opened with a 7-7 tie against Portage, then knocked off Grand Haven B, 17-9.

In the championship game, the Lakers held off the Bucs’ A squad, 9-7, to take home the first-place trophy.

Karley Engelsman, Sophie Conroy and Megan Readypowered the Lakers’ offense, each scoring six goals on the day.

Defenders Grace VandenBosch, Lindsay Galloway, Merelise Antekeier, Shelby Arens, Lauren Swenson and Bri Johnson stepped up to slow the opposition in front of goalie Sarah TenCate, who turned away 20 shots. 

Saturday’s action wrapped up a successful season for coach Hannah Richter’s squad, which wrapped up its campaign with a 5-2-2 record.

The Buccaneers’ varsity girls lacrosse team faced off against a solid Portage team and scored a thrilling 12-11 victory in double overtime.

The game was tied 10-10 at the end of regulation. Each team scored once in the two three-minute overtime periods, with Claire Reenders scoring for the Bucs.

That brought about a sudden victory overtime, with Portage playing two girls down after receiving a total of six yellow cards.

Grand Haven finally came away with the win when Olivia Saber dodged her way in from the top and fired the ball into the back of the net.

“Portage (was) relentless in their attack and on defense, and were were also strong on ground balls,” said Bucs’ coach Kim Vincent, whose team is now 12-1 on the year. “Our team countered with good, solid defense at both ends of the field, and our defenders performed particularly well under the challenge of high pressure, making several game changing interceptions, caused turnovers and smart clearing decisions.”

Goalie Ausumn Eslick made 18 saves on 29 total shots for the Bucs.

Grand Haven returns to action tonight as the Bucs host Grand Rapids Northview at 7.

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