Jared VanOordt scored twice, including the game-winner with just half a second remaining in overtime, to boost Grand Haven’s varsity boys lacrosse team to a thrilling 9-8 win over West Ottawa.
“It’s hard to put into words how big this win is,” Bucs’ coach Murle Greer said. “In my three years at Grand Haven, we have never beat West Ottawa. It was a very emotional, close game. We traded goals all night, and neither team ever led by more than one goal.”
Grand Haven used a zone defense to try to slow down West Ottawa’s potent offense, and the plan worked, keeping the game close throughout.
Goalie Dan Gignac was a big part of that, as he made 12 saves.
In addition to VanOordt’s two goals, Jake Vieau also scored twice for the Bucs. Jake Bouman, Austin Shiflette, Jeff Olson, Nick Mulcahy and Trevor McNamara each added goals for the Buccaneers.
Still, the outcome of the contest remained in question until the closing moments.
“The game went into overtime, and could have gone either way, but we made some big plays on defense and got a great look at the goal in the last seconds of OT,” Greer said.
“This was a huge win in the conference and has serious playoff implications. They had beat us earlier this season, but this was the conference game, which made it that much more important.”
The Bucs were coming off a 10-2 win over Grand Rapids Christian on Saturday.
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven lost to West Ottawa, 15-6, despite four goals from A.J. Dahlman. Tristan Groh made 12 saves in goal.
HAVEN GIRLS FALL TO HOLT
Grand Haven suffered a 6-5 loss to Holt on Tuesday, dropping the Bucs’ season record to 2-2.
Savannah Alright had a solid outing for the Bucs, scoring two goals and controlling four ground balls. Claire Reenders added two goals and three ground balls.
Olivia Saber scored a goal and added one ground ball, while Courtney Hylock added five ground balls.
The Bucs led the game 3-2 at halftime, but couldn’t make the lead stand up in the second half.