Hartland Falls to Rockford: Next Season has already started

The Lady Eagles came up a little short against Rockford in the semi-final losing 15-9.  The game was well played, but Rockford appeared to be just a half step quicker on the draws.  Rockford went on to beat Bloomfield United in the state championship game.

We say goodbye to our seniors, Ryan Skomial, Natalie Sochaki, Erynn O'Hara, Tabitha Ferguson, and Darrien Twomley.  They have represented the program and our community well.  We will wish them the best at their new adventure in life.....college!

As for the players that will be returning, work on your game.  Dedicate yourself to improve the skills that need some attention.  Dodging, playing with your off hand, getting stronger and being in shape. The bar has been set high, and now, you are expected to carry that torch. 

Your coaches will work hard to keep the game fun and challenging.  Coach Radcliffe is amazing and she will teach you everything you need to know about lacrosse.  Listen to her and apply the lessons she will introduce throughout the year.  Motivate each other to get better. You have to play year round.  You can't just pick up your stick on the day before tryouts and expect to be better and help your team.

Play summer ball and take every opportunity to play in off season tournaments TOGETHER!

Go Eagles in 2014!

Bring On Brighton!

The Lady Eagles defeated Huron Valley last night with a 20-8 victory.  Amy Longe led the way with SEVEN goals!

Hartland will take on Brighton for the third time this season on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6pm.

Spread the word!  Students, alumni, family, and friends need to get to Lake Orion's Stadium so that Hartland has a ton of support!

Go Lady Eagles! 

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. 

Down Goes Brighton! Hartand Dominates With a 15-4 Win

When these two teams met a few weeks ago, Mother Nature stopped the game short due to lightning. That game was tight and Hartland was gaining momentum and the lead just as lightning streaked across the sky. Mother Nature cooperated tonight with a warm evening and Hartland looked relaxed playing at home.

Scoring was quick to start the game and both teams traded goals. After the exchage of goals, Hartland dominated the draw controls and the pace of the game. They played patiently and worked their offense. The game was physical, as it usually is between these two teams.

Both teams respect one another and they always put on a good show. Hartland played well and the defense has continued to progress all season. Hartland limited Brighton to just two goals in the second half and the offense continued to play smart.

Amy Longe led Hartland with five goals on the night. Seniors, Ryan Skomial and Natalie Sochaki, each put three goals a piece
in the back of the net. Junior, Amber Crouse, helped control the pace of the game had two goals and two assists. Hartland travels to Waterford on on Wednesday. Hartland travels to Brighton on Saturday to finish their rain shortened game at 3pm.

Hartland Regains Form Against Grand Blanc

The girls from Hartland went to Rockford on Saturday to play in a mini-tournamnet and they came home with three losses.  All of the games were tight and competitive, but they were on the losing end of each contest.  Grand Blanc was on the schedule and they are always a difficult team.

The first half was was very similar to the weekend games.  Hartland played tight and made some mistakes and Grand Blanc got on the board first.  Hartland took three shots and each shot was blocked by Grand Blanc's goalie. It appeared that frustration was setting in until Cassie Pankowski broke the ice with a goal.

Hartland dominated on draw control and continued to run a patient offense. Opportunities for fast breaks were available throughout the night, but the coaching staff wanted the offense to work on the set offensive plays.

At half time, Hartland was ahead comfortably and the roster began to expand onto the field giving the starters rest. Tabitha Ferguson, Hartland's goalie, played well and had 13 saves on the night.

Hartland plays at Walled Lake on Wednesday night at 7pm.

Hartland Raises Money And Takes a Win

The girls from Hartland put on quite a show last night.  Not only did they remain undefeated, they helped raise over $1,600 for breast cancer research.  With the help from the community and the businesses in the area, the game was well attended on a really cold night.  There was a silent auction of gift cards, golfing, camping membership, bird houses, and services from businesses in the area.

The girls middle school lacrosse program showed up in numbers and helped get the high school varsity team going.  They cheered on their older counterparts and watched a very entertaining game. Hartland led the whole game and never looked back.  The large lead allowed for bench players to get some more playing time and allow them to develop.

Seniors, Ryan Skomial and Natalie Sochaki lead the way with four goals each.  Amy Longe followed that up with three goals of her own. Ashley Collins and Annelise Kulpanowski each scored two goals.  Brooke Eicher, Amber Crouse, Hana Barnett, Sara Wanko, Faye Bontekoe, and Cassie Pankowski each had a goal.

Goalies Tabitha Ferguson and Brooke Eicher played well and kept Huron Valley at bay.  Hartland travels to Rockford this Saturday for tournament against some of the best teams the west side of the state has to offer.

Hartland Rolls Against Waterford


Hartland took control of the game early and worked in a lot of players throughout the game.  Hartland had seven different scorers on the night and the defense was stout when the starters were on the field. The ability to provide an opportunity for bench players will prove to be valuable as the year progresses.

Amy Longe and Ryan Skomial each scored five goals.  Amber Crouse scored three goals and had two helpers. Annelise Kulapnowski scored two goals and had an assist. Kasey Wesley, Hanna Barnett, and Ashley Collins each scored one goal each.

Waterford continued to fight all night and kept it close as the game made it into the late stages of the game.  The Eagles inserted their starters later in the game to ensure that the win was secured.

Hartland plays Huron Valley on Wednesday night @ 7pm.  Hartland will be hosting Huron Valley for their first "Pink Game".  Both teams will use the game as a way to raise funds for breast cancer research.  All of the funds will go to Susan G. Komen.

Two Wins and Tie at Weekend Tournament

The lady Eagles went to Birmingham Seaholm and played against some well respected teams.  Hartland was able to come away wth two wins and a tie at the tournament.  Hartland defeated Marian and Cranbrook Kingswood.  Hartland played to a tie against a well disciplined group from Okemos.

The girls from Hartland remain undefeated and look forward to playing Waterford on Monday night. 

 A special thanks goes out to all of the parents and volunteers that helped feed, hydrate, and clean up during and after the tournament.

Hartland Takes Lead, But Game is Postponed

After the first half of play, the girls from Hartland were down two goals 5-3.  They were fouled repeatedly with no calls being made in Hartland's favor and many were on the ground after physical contact.  Brighton had picked its game plan.....be physical.  Fortunately the girls from Hartland came out to play in the second half.

They dominated the draw and maintained possession. When they lost possession, the defense locked down Brighton's offense.  The defensive side of the game steadily improved for Hartland throughout the game.  Hartland scored three goals in the first 8:20 of the second half to take a 6-5 lead and momentum had quickly shifted the Eagles way.

Mother natured decided not to cooperate and she ordered a healthy dose of lightning.  The game was delayed for a half hour, but after just six minutes of delay, and a few more rumbles of thunder, the game was suspended indefinitely.  The game will hopefully resume on May 11th at 3:30pm with 17:39 left on the clock and Hartland with possession. 

Keep fighting for the draws!!!!

Collins Leads Hartland Over Walled Lake United

Ashley Collins scored six goals as Hartland defeated Walled Lake United in a 22-4 blowout.  Hartland possessed too much fire power for Walled Lake to come back.  Coach Radcliffe worked a lot of the roster into the game and it continued to produce.

Amber Crouse had five assists on the evening.  Seniors, Natalie Sochaki and Ryan Skomial, scored three goals each and spent signifcant time on the sidelines watching some of the bench players get some experience at the varsity level.  Amy Longe scored five goals.  Freshman, Cassie Pankowski and Jordan Parry scored two goals a piece.

Hartland will travel to Brighton to take on the Bulldogs Wednesday night at 7pm.  These games are always competitive and entertaining.



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