Prep Roundup: Spring Lake girls lacrosse celebrates Senior Night with win

Tribune Staff • May 16, 2017 at 12:56 AM

The Spring Lake girls lacrosse team made sure its Senior Night festivities on Monday night were a happy celebration, as the Lakers dismantled Zeeland, 17-1.

All six senior teammates scored for the Lakers, including hat tricks by Meg Ready, Audrey Van Linn and Sophie Winn.

Macie Kosch added two goals, while Reiko Johnson and Grace VandenBosch each had one goal.

Sophomore Kate Vinkemulder had two goals, while junior Josie Brown and sophomore McKenzie Ely chipped in with one each.

In the circle, Vinkemulder (six wins) and Van Linn (four wins) shared control. Ely had three assists for the evening, while Ready added two.

“I’ve coached most of these seniors since they were sophomores,” said Spring Lake head coach Jason Vinkemulder. “They are a talented group of student-athletes, and they will be missed. It was fun that they were all able to get on the board tonight, in addition to playing great defense."

The Lakers host Comstock Park at home for their final regular season game Wednesday at 4 p.m.

SL golf squad finishes 10th at Mona Shores

The Spring Lake boys golf team competed against a loaded field of Division 1 schools on Monday as part of the Mona Shores Invitational at the Muskegon Country Club.

The Lakers carded a 333 to finish 10th out of 20 teams, while Grand Haven finished with a 365 to finish 16th overall.

Rockford took top team honors with a 315, followed by Traverse City West (318) and West Ottawa (323).

Nick Krueger carded a 76 to finish third overall and recorded the first hole-in-one in Spring Lake boys golf history when he sank his first shot on hole No. 7.

“That’s the first hole-in-one in 88 years of Spring Lake boys golf,” said Spring Lake head coach George Bitner.

Zack Lisman (83) Sam Walter (83) and Cole Postumus (91) rounded out the scoring for the Lakers.

“It was a tough competition against a lot of bigger schools, today,” added Bitner. “The greens played really fast and the course is always challenging, so we really had our work cut out for us. I thought our scores were pretty decent and it was good test for us before we wrap up the regular season and get ready for our regional at Ludington.”

GH tennis falls to Forest Hills Eastern

The Grand Haven girls tennis team lost a close battle with Forest Hills Eastern on Senior Night at Grand Haven High School on Monday, falling to the Hawks, 5-3.

The team picked up victories at No. 1 singles with senior Julia Bachmann, No. 2 singles with junior Kelsey Lansky and No. 3 doubles with senior Madison Ray and freshman Sam Korecki.

“This was the last official home match for four seniors I have coached since early middle school and some as early as even elementary school,” said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. “These girls are such great students, and I am proud of each of them. They are all going to great schools, too.”

All four seniors will be continuing their tennis careers at the college level with Hannah Staal committed to Loyola University, Madison Ray committed to the University of Wisconsin, Felicity Alder committed to Calvin College and Julia Bachmann committed to Kalamazoo College.

The team gets back to action with a scrimmage at home today in final preparation for the Division 1 regionals in Holland on Thursday.

WMC soccer scores dramatic road win

The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team traveled to Ludington for a Lakes Eight Conference showdown on Monday with the Orioles.

After a wild contest, the Warriors came out with a 2-1 overtime win to take over the top spot in the conference standings.

“This was such a great statement game for our girls,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “They worked so hard in the game and to travel to Ludington and beat them on their home field after they beat us on our home field was so rewarding to the girls' hard work.

Molly Patton helped the Warriors score the first goal of the night, but the Orioles evened the score off a corner kick resulted in a scrum for the ball in front of the net and Ludington was able to chip the ball past the keeper.

“Our attack really worked hard to find space up top,” added Hulings. “Molly's first goal coming in from flank is something we wanted to see. Your team is playing a lot better when flank players are in the attack. The last game, we had great flank play and it just proved to be the first goal, tonight. Grace Johnson sent a great ball across the field and Molly was right where she was supposed to be.”

In the first overtime session, Morgan Kinnucan scored the deciding goal of the night after a few close calls early on in the extra session.

“In the first overtime, I thought we just came out and dominated the play,” Hulings added. “Morgan was determined to get a goal. Her first shot was off the crossbar and she didn't get discouraged. On her second attack, the keeper took her out on a breakaway, and she didn't get discouraged. I took her off to see if she was okay, and she wanted to get back into the game. She immediately went and hit a shot from the toughest angle I’ve ever seen and put it side netting.

“The defense took over from there. The funny thing about this game was that the last time we played Ludington, the girls really didn't think they were ready. They didn't really play until the last 10 minutes. This team took it to heart this game and came out and showed they have talent and grit.

“This win should give us at least a tie for the conference championship. We play Muskegon Catholic Central next and can win the conference outright with a win or a draw.”

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