The Spring Lake boys lacrosse team got the goal it needed down the stretch — and then it held on for dear life.
The Lakers went on the road to defeat Forest Hills Eastern in Division 2 regional semifinal action on Wednesday, 8-7.
"We knew it was going to be a dogfight," said coach Doug Sharp, whose team lost to the Hawks earlier it the season by the same 8-7 score. "It went back-and-forth; great game, great effort. I'm glad we ended up on this side of the 8-7 this time, as opposed to earlier."
The Lakers sported a 7-6 lead for much of the fourth quarter, then finally gained some breathing room when Harrison Palmer found the back of the net with a little less than two minutes to play.
"I think the last goal was probably under the most pressure," said Palmer who led the Lakers with a hat trick. "I was really excited after that goal, it kind of pumped up the team. Everyone kind of got some excitement out of that goal, and momentum going forward."
Palmer's goal came after a barrage of FHE shots were neutralized, and the Hawks got back to controlling the ball after his goal, firing away at the Lakers' net.
Forest Hills Eastern finally connected with 17 seconds remaining to close the gap to a single goal, but the Hawks were not able to get another clean look as the Lakers held on.
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