West Ottawa has continued to have an up and down season. There have been weeks of progress and a few days of regression. This is what you get when you have a lot of new players still trying to develop that “game sense” and skills.
If you have never played lacrosse before, that process can be cumbersome. Your players have to learn how to cradle a ball, the same as dribbling for basketball, but the ball is smaller and it isn’t in your hand. It’s in a stick with a net….now run and don’t drop it. They also have to catch and throw this ball….not with your hand, but with a small net…not like a fishing net, more like the one you use for your gold fish. Needless to say, it’s not an easy game to just pick up.
As the season has progressed, these things have gotten easier….and better. West Ottawa came into this game with only one thing on their mind…just win. Win to give our seniors a final home game win and also move onto the next round.
Kalamazoo United wasn’t ready for West Ottawa. The Panthers came out of the gate on fire and kept at it until halftime. At halftime, the coaching staff moved players all over the field to give players an opportunity to score their first goal of the season. The defense continued to work hard and with some kids playing out of position, Kalamazoo was able to put a few more on the board before the game ended.
All in all, 15 different players scored on the evening. West Ottawa will be taking on Grandville for the third time this season in the next round of playoffs on Tuesday, May 28th. The game will be hosted at Forest Hills Central High School at 5pm.