Rivalry win gives Bucs' girls lacrosse plenty to cheer about

After watching her team blow past rival West Ottawa 21-10 in Wednesday's regular-season finale, Grand Haven varsity girls lacrosse coach Kim Vincent wishes she could start the season anew.
Matt DeYoung
May 17, 2012

"I'm so proud of the way the girls played," said Vincent, whose team is now 4-11 on the season and finishes 4-8 in league play. "I was looking at the roster and 70 percent of our girls have never played lacrosse before. I really wish this was the beginning of the season instead of the end."

There haven't been many bright spots this season for the young Bucs, who were so challenged to fill out their roster that they absorbed the JV team into the varsity squad.

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Those tough-luck games made Wednesday's win that much more special.

"We learn a lot from the games we lose, too, but this was definitely a lot more exciting," said the Bucs' Emma Saber, who shared the team lead with five goals. "This feels really good, especially since it's my last home game. We've all worked really hard. We definitely deserve this."

West Ottawa has been a measuring stick for Grand Haven the past several years, and this season is no different. The Buccaneers edged the Panthers with a come-from-behind effort earlier this season. On Wednesday, the host Bucs raced out to a big lead, with an 11-6 advantage at halftime.

They poured it on in the second half, eventually evoking a running clock with a 10-goal lead in the closing minutes.

Casey Davis also scored five goals for the Bucs. Lauren Lund added three goals, while Hillary Land and Maria Hornby each scored twice.

Single goals were scored by Claire Reenders, Dani Michaels, Paige Sloan and Chloe Lalonde.

Stephanie Szymas was in goal, making 12 saves.

"The girls have had a great season," Vincent said. "I can't believe how proud I am and how far they've come."

The Buccaneers now turn their attention to the regional tournament, where they'll look to score their first-ever postseason victory when they take on Lansing Waverly next week Thursday at Rockford High School.

"I looked at their wins and losses, and I think we have a chance," Vincent said. "If we beat them, it will be the first time ever we've won a regional game. It seems like every year we're going against a state champion or a top five team."
 

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