If Grand Haven’s varsity boys’ lacrosse team was in search of a program-defining victory, the Bucs have it secured.
Grand Haven never trailed against powerhouse program East Grand Rapids in freezing 30-degree temperatures and a steady downpour of rain on Thursday at Buccaneer Stadium, with the Bucs finishing off the Pioneers in impressive fashion, 12-7.
The victory improves the Bucs’ record to 4-0 this season. Thursday’s win was Grand Haven’s most impressive to date, however, considering the Pioneers have won three Division 2 state championships and is one of the more established programs in West Michigan.
The Bucs set the tone early, taking a 3-1 lead on goals from Jeff Olson and two tough charges from behind the net for scores from junior Trevor McNamara.
Grand Haven outscored EGR 2-0 in the second period to take a 5-2 lead, then increased its advantage to 10-4 after three periods.
Leading the Bucs’ defense was Matt Mulcahy, Brody Smith, Chase Pego, Nick Mulcahy, and Ryan Maguire. Dan Gignac picked up the win in goal.
SL SOCCER SHUTS OUT ‘DAWGS
After having several games cancelled because of wintry weather, Spring Lake's varsity girls soccer team finally got its first game under its belt — a 1-0 win over a powerful Grandville squad.
"First of all, I'm excited we got a game in," Lakers' coach Jeremy Thelen said. "I would say we dominated much of the game, and we deserved to win, but it was close."
The Lakers' lone goal came with 10 minutes remaining in the opening half. After a scrum in the middle of the field, Spring Lake's Kelly Hoffius got a foot on the ball and lofted a shot that got hung up in the wind and slipped under the crossbar.
That was all the cushion the Lakers' defense needed.
Goalie Nora Reed recorded the shutout, while starters Alex Prout, Courtney Dockery and Hailey Pellegrom played outstanding. Subs Abby Dockery, Becca Boven and Anna Gordon were also fantastic in the back.
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