Both Grand Haven’s boys and girls varsity lacrosse teams scored thrilling victories on Wednesday.
The Buccaneers’ boys battled back from an early 4-0 deficit to beat rival Rockford, 11-10 in overtime.
Trevor McNamara scored five goals, including the game-winner in the extra session.
Jared VanOordt had three goals and an assist, and Matt Olson scored twice, assisted on a goal, and led the team in ground balls.
“It was an up-and-down game from the start,” Bucs’ coach Murle Greer said. “Rockford scored early and often, taking a 4-0 lead. We came out flat and put ourselves in a hole. Our guys showed a lot of heart and battled back to tie it up before half at 5-5.
“We made some changes at defense and were able to take away their offense, and were up 10-7 in the fourth but made some mistakes, which allowed Rockford to tie the game, scoring three goals in the last six minutes.”
Greer said his team’s defense made a huge stand a man down in overtime, then the Bucs won the game when McNamara scored while the Bucs were enjoying a man-up situation.
“Trevor was huge in the fourth quarter, scoring three goals,” Greer said. “We also dominated in faceoffs. The Olson brothers, Jeff and Matt, won 19 out of 24 draws on the day. Long stick middie Ryan Maguire helped the Olsons winning ground balls from the wings and was very strong against Rockford’s best weapons.”
The Bucs, ranked No. 11 in the state, return to action on Friday to face No. 3 Forest Hills Central on Friday in the league semifinals.
The Buccaneers’ girls held on for a 10-9 win over Portage, thanks to five goals from Courtney Hylok and four from Casey Davis.
Anna Gagnon added a goal for the Bucs, while Hylok, Davis and Gagnon each collected two ground balls.
Claire Reenders led the team with four ground ball controls.
Goalie Stephanie Szymas made nine saves.
Grand Haven, which is now 6-4 overall and 4-2 in league play, travels to face Battle Creek Harper Creek on Saturday, with the varsity game starting at 1 p.m.
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven lost to Portage, 9-2. Crystal Salinas scored twice for the Bucs, while Jenna Jalving made four saves in goal.