The Grand Haven girls lacrosse team entered Wednesday's road contest against Grand Rapids Christian with six wins, and a top 20 ranking on laxpower.com.
The Buccaneers’ first game against another state-ranked foe proved to be a disappointing one as the host Eagles soared to a 21-8 victory.
"We learned what we have to work on," said Grand Haven coach Kim Vincent.. "We had a lot of confidence going in. We have had a good season so far, very successful. The girls had some confidence going into the game, but honestly, in the first half they were a little bit rattled. I think they pulled out of it in the second half."
Grand Haven had outscored its six opponents 72-15 prior to Wednesday, but it was GRC who showed its scoring prowess early in the contest.
The Eagles started off the game with five unanswered goals over the contest’s opening six minutes.
Grand Haven's Savannah Albright stopped the bleeding around the 19-minute mark of the first half, evading several GRC defenders to score.
Less then a minute later, teammate Emily Betten found Anna Gagnon for a goal, and it began to appear that Grand Haven might have life.
But GRC went on a 6-0 run after that — a run Grand Haven was never able to recover from as the Eagles took a 14-4 lead into the break.
The Bucs adjusted in the second half, only losing the scoring differential by three, 7-4.
"They're fast, they're quick, and they know how to change up their speed," Vincent said. "They have good moves, and they really knew how to draw us out on defense. When we figured that out, we were able to stop a few more."
"We started a little nervous I guess, and once we got into the game we started to pick it up a little bit," said sophomore Courtney Hylok. "We had a couple goals. We had a good game though, kept our heads high."
Hylok and Gagnon led Grand Haven with two goals apiece. Claire Reenders, Casey Davis, Betten, and Albright each added a goal.
The Bucs will look to bounce back when they host Lowell on Saturday.
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven came back from a 5-0 first half deficit, to force a 6-6 tie. Valeria Gonnella led Grand Haven with two goals. Opalline Klein, Jessica MacFadden, Alexis King and Jennifer Green each found the net once.