It was deja vu for the Grand Haven boys lacrosse team Thursday night as they visited Spring Lake for the second time in a week.
After last Saturday’s Lax Fest beatdown, the Bucs were eager for another shot at the Lakers, but Spring Lake was ready for the challenge, dismissing the visitors 10-1 to complete a season sweep of their rivals.
Similar to their first meeting, the game started even with a 1-1 tie carrying to the end of the first quarter. Spring Lake capitalized on a pair of man-up opportunities in the second quarter to take a narrow 3-1 halftime lead, before dropping the gloves in the second half to pull away.
Grand Haven again struggled on offense, scoring the first goal on a man-up opportunity from the stick of Trent Holleman just three minutes into the game, before failing to score on their next five power-play chances.
The Lakers had a slow start, netting their first goal with two minutes left to play in the opening quarter via Jake Vinkemulder. Zach Mitchell and Danton Molotky buried shots in the second period before Sean Carrns picked up a pair of goals in a 30-second span in the third, punctuated by a Gavin Alban goal with 37 seconds left in the quarter.
In the fourth, an overworked Grand Haven defense started to crack. Dominik Molotky netted a pair of goals to put the game out of reach, while Jack Lauinger and Ethan Pennington added goals in the final two minutes to seal the deal.
Spring Lake outshot Grand Haven 45-19 over the course of the contest and recovered 31 ground balls to the Bucs’ 10.
Grand Haven returns to action Saturday at Portage Central, while the Lakers are off until May 2, when they host Zeeland East.
Laker golf holds top spot
The Spring Lake boys golf team defended their spot atop the O-K Blue Conference on Wednesday with a 149-stroke performance at Pigeon Creek.
Nick Krueger and Evan McDermott led the way, each shooting one-over-par 36 to lead the conference. Evan Schock and Jack Ogden followed close behind shooting 38 and 39, respectively.
“The Lakers were rolling and posted some great numbers this week,” said Spring Lake head coach Ben Armey. “It has been a long time since four players were under 40.”
Spring Lake’s 321 total strokes lead the O-K Blue through two nine-hole jamboree events. West Catholic sits second at 338, Grand Rapids Catholic Central third at 359, Coopersville fourth at 377, Sparta fifth at 403 and Allendale sixth at 427.
Krueger leads the individual conference standings with McDermott in second and Chance Fry fourth overall.
Spring Lake returns to action today for the Ottawa County Invitational at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University.
Laker softball mercies Coopersville
The Spring Lake softball team completed a series sweep of Coopersville in O-K Blue Conference play Thursday, dismissing the Broncos 17-0 in three innings.
A 10-run first inning got things started with seven more coming in the second to complete the three-inning mercy.
Molly Poole and Jenna Core continued their home run streak, each knocking one out of the park for the third night in a row. Poole finished with two RBIs, while Core had four.
Avery Flynn notched three hits and scored three runs, while Leah Vaughan, Alicia Mumby, Janna Ercole, Layni Wyns and Julliete Goldberg all had two hits. Goldberg managed a double and triple. Senior Emily Harvey drove in two runs with her first varsity hit.
Vaughan took the win with six strikeouts. The Lakers improve to 13-2 overall and 5-0 in the O-K Blue.
Baseball buries West Ottawa
The Grand Haven baseball team used a four-run third inning and seven-run sixth inning to blow by O-K Red Conference rival West Ottawa 11-1 in six innings Thursday night.
Ethan Prins took the win on the mound, throwing four innings with zero hits, one earned run, six walks and seven strikeouts. Jax Mast threw two innings of relief, giving up two hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Owen Krizan led the offense with three RBIs on one hit with one run scored, while Tyler Harp managed two RBIs on three hits, scoring two runs. Jax Mast cracked two hits for two runs scored and one RBI.
Alex Kapala, Riley Walcott and Caleb King all notched one RBI on one hit each.
The Bucs return to action Saturday as they host the Big Buc Invite, beginning at 10 a.m.
Bucs soccer doubles Rockford
The Grand Haven girls soccer team traveled to Rockford on Thursday night for O-K Red Conference rivalry action, defeating the Rams 4-2 after a frenzied second half.
A 0-0 halftime tie motivated a scoring bonanza in the final 40 minutes.
Rockford opened things up early, holding a 1-0 lead until just nine minutes left in the game, when Avery Richardson tied things up 1-1.
A penalty kick by Ingrid Hentemann gave the Bucs a brief lead before Rockford responded to tie the game 2-2. Grand Haven would make a run to the end, as Miya Luckey scored with 4:18 left to play to take the lead, adding a second goal as time expired to seal the victory.
Grand Haven returns to the pitch Tuesday to host Grandville at 7 p.m.
Trojan soccer edged by Whitehall
The Fruitport girls soccer team took on Whitehall on Thursday night in non-conference action, falling by a final score of 3-2.
The Vikings got on the board early, converting a penalty kick to take a 1-0 lead which held into halftime. They would net their second goal early in the second half before the Trojans lit the scoreboard. Sara Zielinski did the honors, assisted by Ellie Fisher to cut the lead to 1. Fisher scored next, assisted by Kennah Vermerris to tie the game 2-2. Whitehall netted the game-winning goal with seven minutes to play and held on for the win.
Madalyn Fett had a strong day in the net, making 12 saves.
Baseball drubs Union
The Fruitport baseball team took on Grand Rapids Union in O-K Black Conference play Thursday evening, defeating the Red Hawks 16-1 in four innings.
Landon Fielstra took the win on the mound, throwing four innings giving up one earned run with four strikeouts. Nick Kleinhecksel led the offense with three hits, while Luke Mitchell racked up five RBIs on three hits.