Fifteen goals would be a season’s worth for many lacrosse players.
Not Grand Haven’s Casey Davis.
The explosive sophomore fired in eight goals against Grand Rapids Christian on Friday and seven more against Lowell on Saturday, giving her 66 for the season.
That total ranks second in the state this spring, four less than leader Mercedes Reyes of Ann Arbor Pioneer.
“My coach (Kim Vincent) told me about it a few weeks ago, and yeah, I was surprised,” Davis said after practice on Tuesday. “I was not expecting that at all.”
Davis would like nothing better to take over first place in the state’s scoring race tonight as she leads the Buccaneers into their regional showdown with Portage Northern. That game will be played at Rockford High School, and features a rematch between the Bucs and the Mustangs. The Bucs won the first meeting between the two teams, 14-13, thanks to Courtney Hylok’s goal with 18 seconds remaining.
“I have a good feeling about this game,” Davis said. “I think we can do it. We beat them the first time by a goal, but they definitely made us work for it.”
The Bucs certainly aren’t a one-person team. In fact, much of their success this spring can be attributed to their depth, both at the varsity and JV levels.
But it doesn’t hurt to have an explosive goalscorer on the field.
Vincent said it’s Davis’ tireless work ethic and her outstanding athleticism that sets her apart from the crowd.
“It’s funny, because she’s a skier, and I always tell her, it looks like she’s skiing down the field, like she’s slaloming through the girls,” Vincent said. “She’s really good at moving her feet, being patient and persistent. She never gives up. She goes after every loose ball, and she’s always on it. She wants it so bad.
“She’s an inspiration to the rest of the girls, because she shows that you have to want it, have to work for it.
“She’s coordinated, has a really good eye for the field, and she’s fast.”
All those attributes have led to a special season for Davis, who began playing lacrosse six years ago.
But it’s not one that will go down in the program’s record books as the best ever.
Vincent wasn’t sure who held the school record, but said the most goals in a season is in the high 70s.
“So Casey has some work left to do,” Vincent said with a laugh.
Davis and the Bucs have proven they’re not afraid of a little hard work.
“We’ve all been working a lot harder this year,” she said. “We’ve been in the weight room, training a lot, running, and it’s really helped. We’re doing a lot more complex drills than we were last year.”
All that hard work could lead to the first regional tournament victory in the history of the program.
“That’s definitely our goal is to move on,” Davis said. “We’ll see where it goes from there. If we win, we’d play Rockford next week. They’re definitely very good. That would be a huge game for sure.”
Vincent said her team spent Tuesday working on some finer points of the game to get ready for tonight’s showdown.
“We’re really working on how to control the ball, and we worked on fast breaks, moving the ball down the field as fast as we can through their zone, and of course, putting the ball in the back of the net,” she said. “There’s just a lot of excitement right now.”