Doubling Up Brighton with 12-9 Win
The first part of this game was played in April. The ending had to wait because Mother Nature intervened with rain and lightning. When that game was put on hold, Hartland had started to make a comeback after being behind 5-3 at halftime.
Hartland went into halftime and had to re-focus their efforts. They had been timid and played tight. Coach Radcliffe must have given the team a rousing speech because they came out and took control of the game. Hartland came out after halftime and put three goals on the scoreboard to take a 6-5 lead. Mother Nature, who is a fickle lady during lacrosse season, halted the momentum until yesterday.
Brighton and Hartland came together yesterday to finish off the remaining 17:39 in the game with Hartland winning 6-5. The momentum that Hartland had built in April, seemed to disappear. Brighton came out hot and scored a three quick goals and Hartland was on the defensive. Coach Radcliffe, just like she had done in April, called a timeout and got the players re-focused on the task at hand.
Hartland then came back with a goal and cut the lead to two. After some defensive exchanges Hartland's, Ryan Skomial, received a pass and took off down the field. It was starting to look like a 1 on 1 with the Brighton goalie,until a defensive player from Brighton virtually tackled Skomial sending her to the ground. A yellow card was called and Skomial took the ball and made Brighton pay with a goal.
From that point on, Hartland rallied around the senior Captain and dominated the rest of play. Hartland's Amy Longe,Natalie Sochaki, Cassie Pankowski, and Amber Crouse all provided goals to help defeat Brighton. Hartland may see Brighton in the playoffs. It's always an entertaining and a hard fought game.Hartland hosts South Lyon on Monday at 7pm for the KLAA title.