By Aaron Skomial
The Hartland women’s lacrosse team managed to produce a short memory and some momentum moving forward. Leaving the disappointment of the Brighton loss in the rear view mirror, the team travelled to Bloomfield for a trifecta of games against some good competition. They played Troy, Bloomfield, and highly ranked Forest Hills.
The first game was at 10am against Troy. The morning was cold and extremely windy. Considering Hartland had to play in terrible conditions the night before, this was not the best news of the day. They started slow, but ended up pulling away from Troy for a 9-4 win.
The second game of the day brought on a highly ranked opponent from metro Grand Rapids. Forest Hills has played some very good competition and their league has some of the top talent in the state. Hartland jumped out early and made Forest Hills play catch up.
The game had all the makings of a great boxing match. The two teams that traded scoring blows and then played stingy defense the rest of the game. Tabitha Ferguson played outstanding in net for Hartland and the defense managed to keep the high scoring offense in check.
The momentum of a lacrosse game can change at the drop of a hat. With four minutes left in the game, Forest Hills managed to pull within two. At the 2:45 mark, they pulled within one. With just about a minute left to go, they managed to tie it up at seven. Hartland worked hard to maintain possession and play defense to preserve the tie.
The final game of the day was against Bloomfield. The game started slow and then the teams decided to trade scoring opportunities. The game featured quick transitions from defense to offense and Hartland was the better of the two teams in this area. Hartland can move the ball and with its amazing young athletes running the field, it’s a vital key to winning games. At the end of the game, Hartland won 10-5.
It was a great way for the team to build some confidence after a hard played loss to Brighton. At the end of the day the team was tired, but they were happy to have played well.
All of the kids hustled up and down the field. Let’s hope that with the positive weekend results, the team will get back on the correct path of dominating their opponents and continue success as a team.