Fresh off the first win in South Christian lacrosse history, the Sailors looked to continue their winning ways, hosting Reeths Puffer on Tuesday. The Rockets had other plans.
After trailing most of the game, the Sailors scrapped their way to a late lead. Reeths Puffer battled back late in the 4th quarter to once again take the lead, and added a late insurance goal, making the final score 11-9. The Sailors (1-6) had a chance to tie the game late, but an offensive zone turnover and subsequent goal by a relentless Rocket attack drowned the hopes of the SC squad.
Penalties were the story of the game for the Sailors. Many crucial late minutes were played a man down due to a multitude of consecutive penalties. The time on the penalty kill took momentum away from the home team and gave Reeths Puffer many chances to capitalize — which they did.
“We were a goal up tonight at one point, but we couldn’t seem to dial it in and fell a few passes short,” said senior attacker Rob Zeichman, who scored two goals, “It’s tough to lose a close game like that, but you have to keep your head up and prepare for the next one.”
Keeping their heads up has been important for this first-year Sailor team. They’ve rebounded admirably from losses of both large and narrow margins, always picking up and absorbing new aspects of the game. Senior goaltender Andrew Feenstra commented, “It’s always a bummer to lose, but I’ve been proud of how our team has responded to our losses. We knew we were going to have a rough time this season, but we’ve all been having fun with it.”
Sam Bouman, David Boomsma, and Adam Knorr each added two goals to match Zeichman for the team high. Senior midfielder Tyler DeKock also netted a goal — his first of the season.
The Sailors next play this Saturday, April 28 away against the Eagles of Grand Rapids Christian.