Grand Ledge — A little over three years ago Megan Lynch had never played lacrosse before.
On Wednesday, she was in tears as the senior saw her high school career end playing the sport she has learned to love during the last three seasons of her Lake Fenton High School career.
The Lake Fenton/Goodrich varsity girls lacrosse team completed its first official season as a varsity sport in grand fashion on Wednesday, competing in the team’s first-ever regional semifinal contest. The end result of the contest wasn’t what the program had hoped for. The co-op squad lost to a very good Okemos program 20-3 at Grand Ledge High School, but it was the fact that the Blue Devils had gone so far that was reason for great pride.
“At the beginning, we didn’t even know how to cradle and catch,” Lynch said about those first practices for the program three years ago. “We’ve come so far. We move the ball so well through the midfield now. It’s fun. It’s awesome and exciting. I was excited to play today, to just go out and play hard.”
Lake Fenton senior goalie Matison Boyle also has been with the team all three seasons. The first two years the squad was a club sport, and didn’t play in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s postseason tournament. This year the squad finished with an impressive 11-2 record, winning their first two postseason tournament games ever.
“It’s great to get to the regional semifinal, so we were pretty excited,” Boyle said. “We won games before this. I just hope they go far next year.
“We have a bunch of new girls, some who have never played before so it was fun for the older girls to teach the newer girls how to play.”
Varsity girls lacrosse coach Katie Sabourin has had a busy season, recently getting married as the team made its run in the postseason. The postseason included a 17-4 thrashing of Flushing and then an 11-9 victory against regional tournament hosts Grand Ledge.
“(Making it to the regional semifinal) is everything,” Sabourin said. “At this moment it’s really hard to see how huge it is to be here. It’s never fun to lose and that’s hard for me and hard for my girls, but getting here is huge for us considering before joining this program most of the girls had never played lacrosse before. So to be here and to be playing a team like Okemos is huge.”
Okemos was a strong team with many players that have played for years before the competitors entered Okemos’ high school program, and that extra experience showed during the game. The Lake Fenton/Goodrich co-op squad fell behind early and the squad was scoreless when a rainstorm delayed the game for about 75 minutes. When the teams came back on to the field, the squad solved Okemos’ defense enough to score three goals. Sophia Clements scored two of them while Monrae Prentice scored the other one.
Sabourin is excited about the progress the team made this season.
“If I could say (we improved the most in) every area I would,” Sabourin said. “All the passing, catching the ground balls, the hustle and defense — we improved in all of those areas.”