Rockford’s varsity boys lacrosse team was celebrating Senior Night on Thursday, and Grand Haven wanted nothing more than to ruin that celebration.
The Buccaneers did just that, scoring an 8-6 victory over the Rams.
“This was another statement game for us,” coach Murle Greer said. “It proves we belong in Tier 1 with the best teams in West Michigan. Rockford has always been a great program and we knew we had to play aggressive.”
The Bucs got off to a fast start on Thursday, leading 3-1 before Rockford battled back to tie the game.
Grand Haven regained the lead and never trailed on the night, thanks to a great defensive effort and several big saves from goalie Dan Gignac.
“Dan made some big saves, which kept momentum going our way,” Greer said.
Trevor McNamara led the Bucs with three goals and an assist, while Jared VanOordt scored twice. Jeff Olson and Jake Vieau each had a goal and an assist, while Matt Olson scored once, assisted on a goal and let the team in ground balls.
Greer credited both Olson brothers for helping dominate faceoffs as the Bucs won 11 of 16 draws.
“That is so big when you have two good lax teams playing each other,” he said. “It helps us maintain possession and keep the ball in our hands.
“This is a great win for us, but we have to stay focused. The more big games we win, the bigger the target on our back. The most impressive thing about our wins is that we only have 17-18 guys on our varsity versus opponents with 25-30 guys on their roster.”
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven suffered a 10-3 loss to Rockford. Adam Penland scored twice, while Cole Kramer also scored. Tristan Groh made 17 saves in net for the Bucs.
LAKERS FALL TO BULLDOGS
Spring Lake’s girls lacrosse team suffered a 12-7 loss to Grandville on Thursday despite six goals from Emily Betten. Marina McKeough also scored for the Lakers, while Emily Kramer made nine saves in goal.