Hartland falls to GB in Regional Semis

Rachael Sharpe scored one goal in Tuesday's regional semi-final match.
Rachael Sharpe scored one goal in Tuesday's regional semi-final match vs Grand Blanc.

The Hartland Eagles women's lacrosse team suffered a heart-breaking loss to Grand Blanc, 11-10, Tuesday evening in the regional semi-finals of the MSHAA playoffs.

Hartland faced Grand Blanc twice before earlier in the season and tied the first game and lost by one point in the second. This third meeting — as expected — was high-intensity and full-throttle from the opening draw.

Hartland led early in the match before GB came back to go up 5-4 at half time. In the second half, each team traded the lead a few times with Hartland going up by two goals at one point. And just like the previous two meetings, it came down to the final minute of play before a winner was determined. Hartland had last possession but could not advance the ball the length of the field as time expired.

Nikki Cerovec, Ashley Stoltenberg and Haley Crouse each scored two goals. Anna Lundwall, Ryan Skomial, Rachael Sharpe and Natalie Sochaki scored one goal each. Kelsey LaValley faced an incredible 33 shots on goal.

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Hats off to our girls. They played with class and pride — all while (again) getting bombarded with unnecessary comments and jeers from the rude Grand Blanc parents.

Thanks for the wonderful season, ladies! You should all be VERY proud of how far this program has come in three short years. Hartland's 11-8-2 record tops all previous season records and has definitely opened the eyes of opponents across the state.

We will cap the season with a team banquet on Monday, June 7 at the High School Commons. Check your e-mail and this site for details.