By Aaron Skomial
When you come off an emotional win, especially against rival Brighton, you hope that a let-down doesn’t follow. The women’s lacrosse team travelled to Ann Arbor to take on the River Rats of Huron High School.
Huron was ranked number four in Division 1 and Hartland topped the list at number one. The game was highly anticipated and another test for Hartland before playoffs lacrosse begins in a few weeks.
Hartland started the game fast and ran away with a 4-0 lead. The defense worked hard and turned the Huron offense away by collapsing on attack players. Hartland junior goalie, Tabitha Ferguson, continued her hot streak by turning away shots and building on an impressive season to date.
Hartland’s offense was on display in the first half. They continued to move the ball well all over the field and continued to be diverse in the scoring column. Most teams have a couple of girls who score a majority of the teams goals. Hartland has managed to produce five, six, or seven scorers every game. It makes the opposing teams really focus on stopping the WHOLE team.
Hartland sophomore, Amber Crouse played outstanding and led all scorers with four goals and one assist. Haley Crouse and Ryan Skomial followed with three goals each. Rachael Sharpe and Courtney Lee helped with two goals each. Ashley Collins, Natalie Sochaki, and Jessica Gust added to the final total by contributing with a goal a-piece.
At half time, Hartland led 13-5. They dominated a highly touted opponent. They came out of the half and struggled. Huron mounted an attack that caught Hartland off guard. The defense looked tired at times, but controlling the draw became an issue. Hartland couldn’t control the ball which led to Huron making an impressive comeback a real possibility.
A timeout was called, some adjustments were made, and Hartland regained its identity. They worked hard on the draw and maintained possession late in the game. Huron made an impressive run, but Hartland maintained composure and ball control to close out the game for a 17-14 win.
Hartland plays Huron Valley at home on Wednesday at 7pm and Flint Powers at home on Thursday night at 7pm.
Thursday is Senior Night for Hartland and its twelve players being celebrated. Come out and take part in a special night and cheer the team on!
For more info on Hartland Women’s Lacrosse, visit: www.hartlandlacrosse.com
The JV team continued to put a “W” in the win column with a 12-1 win against Ann Arbor Huron. Kristina Hollis and Adrian Martino had three goals and an assist each. Brooke Eicher continued to play well in goal saving 5 of 6 shots.