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Grand Haven girls lacrosse falls to Portage Northern in regional semifinals

Tribune Staff • May 31, 2018 at 12:30 AM

The Grand Haven girls lacrosse team took on Portage Northern on Wednesday in the Division 1 regional semifinals at Rockford High School.

The Buccaneers fell behind early, and could never catch up the Huskies in time to complete a comeback in a 15-8 loss.

“We got down by five early, and we had a tough time getting back into it,” said Grand Haven head coach Mark Robertson. “We got it down to four at one point, but time started running on us, and we just couldn’t put any meaningful runs together.

“We spread the defense to put pressure on them, and that’s a difficult thing to ask of your backline. We aren’t built to win high-scoring games. We are much more comfortable when we control the pace of the game, play solid defense and play with a lead. Once we get behind by a few goals and have to speed up our tempo, it can get difficult for us.”

Jerica Tallman, Amaya DeWald and Christina Byrne each scored goals for the Buccaneers (7-9).

“Nobody likes to lose, but I’m proud of the effort and tenacity that this group of girls played with all season,” Robertson added. “I’m sure our record isn’t going to impress anybody, but that’s because we challenged ourselves with a difficult regular season and that made us a better team.

“We would have loved to make it to the regional finals for the first time in program history, but this has still been a very productive and memorable season for Grand Haven girls lacrosse. We’ll miss all these seniors a lot, because they have done so much for the program. Hopefully, the next group up will learn from what they’ve started, and we can make another run next spring.”

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