Maybe it was a "to the victors goes the spoils" kind of moment for the Grand Haven varsity boys lacrosse team on Saturday.
Almost immediately following their 8-3 win over rival Spring Lake, a huge bald eagle soared high over their team huddle at Grabinski Field, prompting several Bucs to interrupt head coach Murle Greer's postgame speech to marvel at the majestic bird.
"That was pretty sweet," said sophomore defenseman Nick Mulcahy.
Grand Haven's defense was pretty sweet as well.
The unit, led by Mulcahy, a sophomore, his older brother Matt Mulcahy, a senior, and junior Brody Smith, frustrated Spring Lake's attackers all afternoon and when the Lakers did find an opening, senior Dan Gignac stood tall in goal to keep the hosts flustered.
"Our defense played great," Greer said, whose squad improves to 11-3 this season while playing its first year in the highest Tier I. "They took away their lanes, they were on (Spring Lake's) hands, and rode them very well, which kept the ball on our side the majority of the time."
"Our defense is playing a big part (to our success), but I've got to give credit to all the guys," Nick Mulcahy said. "It's a team game."
Right now, the Bucs' 'D' is picking up the slack for an offense that is misfiring. Greer said earlier in the season, the Bucs were averaging 4 1/2 goals per quarter, but they've been struggling to come close to that total in recent games.
It's not necessarily a lack of shots, Greer said, but rather a lack of execution.
"When we're executing the offense, we're getting good shots, but guys have been trying to force things," he said. "They forget sometimes, or it's frustration sometimes. They get into big games, they get nervous and forget the plan."
Saturday was a big game, considering the contest was the finale of LAX Fest, which pitted Grand Haven and Spring Lake's lower levels and varsity boys and girls teams against one another. Outside the entrance of Grabinski Field, there were booths set up selling lacrosse-themed apparel, and a number of raffle prizes were awarded at halftime.
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