Seventeen of the 22 members of the Grand Haven girls lacrosse team are returners, and coach Kim Vincent is hoping that experience pays dividends for the Buccaneers this season.
Grand Haven opens play at home against Hudsonville on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
"I think it's going to make a huge difference," said Vincent, whose squad finished second in Tier 2 of the O-K Rainbow Conference last year. "We've seen our girls really mature in the last year. They're a little stronger, they're a lot smarter — their skills are really evolving."
Grand Haven returns junior Casey Davis, one of the state's top scorers who terrorized opposing goaltenders to the tune of 67 goals last season.
"She really grew in the game last year with all of her goals," Vincent said.
Davis only had three assists last year though, a number that Vincent expects to go up, along with the Bucs' team goals.
"I think Casey's understanding of the game is going to increase and we'll be spread more across the unit," Vincent said. "I think for her development, and for the teams development, that's the best thing."
Vincent listed sophomores Anna Gagnon and Courtney Hylok, juniors Emily Betten and Claire Reenders, and seniors Savannah Albright and Katie Harding as players who will help pick up the scoring load.
Spring Lake also fields a girls lacrosse team, although that squad operates on the club level and is not a varsity sport.
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