Game Recaps

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!

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. 

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 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.



Sochaki leads Hartland in 18-13 Win Over Powers

The girls from Hartland continued to stay unbeaten by defeating Flint Powers.  The game started quickly for Hartland and they cruised to a comfortable lead.  The second half had a different feel to it though.  Powers scored some goals and drew within three goals before Hartand re-focused and pulled away.

Natalie Sochaki had 5 goals once again, and added 2 more assists to her season total.  Ryan Skomial added four goals and an assist as well.  Scoring came from all over the roster once again.  Ashley Collins scored two goals.  Annelise Kulpanowski scored two goals.  Kristina Hollis, Cassie Pankowski, Kasey Wesley, and Amy Longe all scored one goal each.

Tabitha Ferguson conrtinued to shine with 14 saves and 4 interceptions.

Hartland plays Walled Lake Northern Monday night 4/15 @ 7pm.  Hartland travels to play Brighton Wednesday 4/17 @ 7pm.

Hartland Continues to Dominate with 20-6 Win

Grand Blanc came into Hartland undefeated.  They left with a loss. Hartland dominated the game from the start and never looked back.  Natalie Sochaki continued to dominate and put up another 5 goal and 3 assist game.  Ryan Skomial added 5 goals to her season total.

The defense dominated and forced Grand Blanc to take poor shots and forced the Bobcats into losing possession by playing aggressive defense.  Tabitha Ferguson played well in goal and Erynn O'Hara led the defense.  Danie Porath contnued to play well on defense and pressure players into mistakes.

Other players that scored on the night were Ashley Collins, Amber Crouse, Amy Longe, Brooke Eicher, Cassie Pankowski, and Hanna Barnett.

Hartland hosts Flint Powers on Friday night at 7pm.

Hartland Pounces on Huron Valley with 18-1 Win


After last seasons disappointing loss in the state championship game, Hartland was eager to get back on the field.  A new season helps wash away the disappiontment and brings new joy to the game.  Not only is Hartland starting with a clean slate, they have a new coach.  Deanna Radcliffe, who departed from South Lyon, is walking the sidelines and guiding the girls on their new jouney.  

The game started slowly for Hartland.  They managed to struggle to control the draw and then played sloppy on the offensive end.  The defense pushed back and held Huron Valley scoreless.  Hartland goal keeper, Tabitha Ferguson, stopped some shots as the defense played well in front of her.  The offense capitalized off of some Huron Valley turnovers and then the offensive fireworks started.

Leading Hartland was senior, Natalie Sochaki.  She scored five goals and had three assists.  Senior, Ryan Skomial, followed with four goals.  Sophmore Amy Longe and freshman Cassie Pankowsi each scored a hat trick. On the defensive end, sophmore Danie Porath, led with five ground balls and three caused turnovers.  

Hartland hosts Grand Blanc this Wednesday at 7pm.

State Finals: Hartland 11, Birmingham Seaholm 12

2012 team poses one last time as State Runner-up
The 2012 team poses one last time as State Runner-up after losing to Birmingham Seaholm in OT, 12-11.

It was a heartbreaking way to end a great season, but make no mistake about it — it was a GREAT season!

Hartland traveled to the the Division I State Finals in Rockford on Saturday followed by a caravan of fans and supporters. We even had a fire truck lead us out of the high school parking lot and some crazy guy stopping traffic so the send-off chain wouldn't get broken. Great memories for the girls.

When we arrived in Rockford the tailgating began — most parents having known each other for several years as our group of a dozen or so senior girls have been playing lacrosse since the 7th grade. Wow, how the time flies.

Our girls — this amazing group of talented players and personalities — played through thick and thin throughout the season. Saturday was the result of a ton of hard work — getting to the State Division I Finals! What a huge success!

I can go on and on about the details of the game, but I'll let you read them on and Yes, we lost in overtime, 12-11, but what an outstanding display of athletic achievement.


Ladies, you made Hartland very proud. Thank you for such a great season, and seniors, thank you for the many years of memories. We love you all!

When it comes to women's lacrosse, Hartland is now firmly on the map as a powerful opponent with a State Finals appearance on the books. Congrats to all involved with helping build this program to where it it is today.


We're going to the 'ship!

Junior Ryan Skomial had five goals in Wednesday's semi-final game vs AA Pioneer
Junior Ryan Skomial had five goals in Wednesday's semi-final game vs Ann Arbor Pioneer. Skomial will lead Hartland to their first-ever State Finals appearance in the history of the program.

Hartland's lacrosse team will be making the trip to the State Finals on Saturday after defeating Ann Arbor Pioneer, 16-11, in the Semi-Finals match-up Wednesday night in South Lyon.

Leading the Hartland scoring was Ryan Skomial with five goals, followed by Natalie Sochacki and Rachel Sharpe with three goal each. Haley Crouse added two goals, and Taylor Pryde, Amber Crouse and Courtney Lee scored one goal each.


Goalie, Tabitha Ferguson, was outstanding in the net — denying a barrage of shots by Pioneer's offense late in the game.

Hartland will face Birmingham Seaholm in the Division I Finals played at Rockford High School on Saturday, June 9 at 2:00pm. Check back here (and your email) for details on carpooling, tailgating, etc.


Hartland vs Brighton Regional Game Highlighted in Video

A big shout-out to the folks over at for covering our win over Brighton on May 30, 2012. It was a great game and now we have some great memories captured on film.

Regional Champs! Hartland beats Clarkston, 13-11

Regional Champs! Hartland beats Clarkston, 13-11
Regional Champs: Hartland advances to State Semis after beating Clarkston, 13-11 in the Regional Finals.

Hartland advances to the State Semi-Finals after defeating Clarkston, 13-11, at the Regional Finals Saturday afternoon in Lake Orion.

The game was evenly matched, with both teams going into halftime tied at 6 goals each. Hartland then went on a scoring run early in the second half. Clarkston rallied to pull within a goal, but Hartland held off the late drive to end with the win.

Scoring for Hartland were Haley Crouse with four goals, followed by Natalie Sochacki and Ryan Skomial with three goals each. Rounding out the scoring for Hartland were Courtney Lee, Rachel Sharpe and Amy Longe with one goal each.


Hartland will face the winner of the AA Huron / AA Pioneer game (played on June 2) on Wednesday night at 7:00pm at South Lyon High School. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Rockford / Birmingham Seaholm (played on June 6) in the State Finals on June 9 in Rockford.

Go Eagles!

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