Girls JV lacrosse starts off its season in a big way


Spring sports are in full swing with May just around the corner, and for the past month, the girls JV lacrosse team has been hard at work to build its record early into the season.

The girls first game was on April 12, at home against East Grand Rapids to kick off their season with a bang. The team battled hard and shook off the cobwebs off, but sadly, it fell 12-1 to the Pioneers. Two days later on April 14, the girls went head-to-head with Grand Rapids Catholic Central. After their tough loss earlier in the week, the girls were determined to walk away with a win, and they did just that. The Lady Rangers won their game 8-5 over the Cougars to even out the record to 1-1. 

Following these two games, head coach Maddie Brown spoke about how she feels the girls have done fresh out of the gates this year.

“We have some things to work on but the girls have been improving a lot at the little things even between the two games we had last week. They’re been working hard in practice and it’s showing,” coach Brown said.

With such a young group, there can be a lot of ups and downs on the way to building a solid foundation to work with, and luckily for coach Maddie, that hasn’t been an issue she has seen this year. 

“The thing I am most impressed with is how quickly they pick things up,” coach stated. “They are a very coachable group. I’m excited to see how they improve this year!”

Going into the third game, the team wasn’t playing its best, but luckily nature had its back. The game on April 19 was called at the half due to thunderstorms that left Spring Lake to take the halftime win of 6-3. The team had a small break from this game to its first away game against Forest Hills Northern Eastern on Monday, April 24. The girls took their game break to be laser-focused at practice to pull work to come back from their last performance. The team took this focus to a new level when it beat Northern Eastern 11-4 in a superb execution of what the girls had been working on.

“I think at first it was a bit rocky but the further we have gotten into the season the more chemistry has been built,” sophomore Gabby Thompson said. 

The girls will be back at it on Thursday, April 27, away, at Rockford high school. The team’s game on Wednesday, April 26, against Rockford has been postponed until further notice, so stay tuned for updates on that game and the team’s upcoming performances.