Grand Haven Tribune: Laker lax cracks All-State lists

Laker lax cracks All-State lists

Tribune Staff • Jun 21, 2019 at 12:15 AM

A pair of Spring Lake boys lacrosse players were recognized by the Michigan Lacrosse Coaches Association this week as All-State honorees.

Defenseman Noah Verlinde and attackman Dominik Molotky were selected for All-State teams after leading the Lakers on both sides of the field to their best season in program history.

This year, the lacrosse selection process tossed out Division 1 and 2 All-State distinctions, electing to select the best of the best statewide by position.

Verlinde cracked first-team defense, one of eight selected at the position, joining three players from Brother Rice, one from each of the Forest Hills districts — Northern, Eastern and Central — and one from Lake Orion.

Molotky was selected as a third-team attackman, representing West Michigan as the lone player on the eight-man team from west of Lansing.

Both honorees will continue their lacrosse careers at the collegiate level next year, with Verlinde taking his talents to the NCAA Division I level at Marquette University and Molotky electing to go NCAA Division III at Ithaca College.

East Grand Rapids, who ended the Lakers’ storybook season in the regional championship game en route to a loss to Forest Hills Eastern in the state semifinals, finished with seven All-State players. Brother Rice, the Division 1 state champion, led the state with 13 selections.

The Spring Lake girls lacrosse team wasn’t left out of postseason accolades, as two Lakers earned Division 2 All-State Honorable Mention distinctions from the Michigan Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Kate Vinkemulder at attack and midfield and Paris Heard at goalie earned the honors. Vinkemulder acted as quarterback for a potent Spring Lake offense, using her field vision and speed to run the point. Heard anchored things on the other end, locking down the cage as Spring Lake’s All-Conference starting goalie.

Like the boys, the Spring Lake girls team has evolved into one of the best on the lakeshore but has had trouble breaking through the regional rounds against teams like Grand Rapids Christian and East Grand Rapids.

The Pioneers placed four players in the Division 2 first-team and one on the second team. The Eagles, who ended the Lakers’ season in the playoffs, had one first-team, one second-team and three honorable mention players.

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