After several weeks of indoor practices and canceled games, the Buccaneers’ and the Lakers’ boys lacrosse teams finally broke the ice on Friday night.
Playing on a frigid turf field at Grand Haven High School, the Buccaneers got off to a hot start, scoring an 11-3 win over the visiting Lakers.
“It was great to be back on the field,” said Bucs’ coach Murle Greer. “The team was ready. I was a little nervous, but honestly, I couldn’t be happier with the way we played.”
Curtis Pek scored three goals for the Bucs while Jared VanOordt scored twice for a balanced Grand Haven attack.
“The good thing about our program is, we can really spread out our scoring,” Greer said. “With 11 goals, six different guys contributed. We had a lot of guys adding to the scoreboard tonight, which is great for us because it means we have so many weapons.”
Greer was thrilled with the play of Ryan Maguire and Nick Mulcahy, who each picked up 11 loose balls. Sophomore defenders Tristan Tongue and Trevor Springer played outstanding, and freshman goalie Gabe Liebetreu earned the win in his first varsity game.
Lakers’ coach Doug Start said his team showed the effects of a long spring spent primarily indoors.
“It was nice to get out there, for sure,” Sharp said. “Looking at earlier in the week not having any games before Spring Break, we were able to make some magic happen and get Grand Haven on the books. It was nice to get out on the field.
“It’s tough when you’re limited and spend as much time as we did in the gym. You lose that feeling of spreading out and getting a flow of the game. We just struggled finding our offensive rhythm. We made too many mistakes, and Grand Haven’s a team you can’t make mistakes against.”
Grand Haven is back in action today as the Bucs host Mattawan at 1 p.m. Friday’s contest marked the first of four games over a five-day stretch for Grand Haven.