Boys varsity lacrosse obliterates Hudsonville 21-2

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Just five days after a blowout win against Forest Hills Eastern, the boys varsity lacrosse team continued its dominance over local opponents with a commanding 21-2 win over Hudsonville on Tuesday. Junior Jackson Clay led the charge offensively once again, scoring 5 goals and dishing out 2 assists. His formidable offensive performance, along with some help from his teammates, led the Rangers to a quick lead and they never looked back from there.

Right away, the Rangers started off hot, getting off to an 8-1 lead through the first quarter. However, the boys took their foot off the gas early in the second quarter. Although they only let in 1 goal throughout the second quarter, the Rangers slowed down offensively, which is not what the coaching staff would have liked to see. In the first eight minutes of the second, the game was played evenly between the two teams. Towards the end, however, they picked things up.

“At halftime, we had a very short discussion,” head coach Andy Shira said. “We ran back out for offense to get some shooting work before halftime ended.”

This showed to be very key to the success of the team in the second half, as it came out firing on all cylinders near the net. Seniors Kyle Collar and Tate Hallock added to the prominence of the Ranger offense with 3 goals apiece. Tate also performed well facilitating the ball, as he recorded 2 assists.

Defensively, the Eagles had very few chances throughout the game. In his first career varsity start in net, sophomore Mason Wiltz saved 5 shots. In the middle of the field, juniors Chris Junkunc and Andrew Preston were a force to be reckoned with; Chris picked up 5 ground balls, and Andrew caused 3 turnovers.

Overall, the Rangers continued their control over local teams with another blowout win, this time over Hudsonville. Next up for the Rangers is a matchup against Detroit Country Day, who is ranked fourth in Division 2 with a 5-5 record. They will play the Yellowjackets on Friday in what will be a highly-anticipated game for Senior Night.