2018-05-10 / Sports

Comets, Lakers renew rivalry in 9-goal thriller

Bonzelet takes over with hat trick in second half
By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


GLEN LAKE senior Jen LaCross looks to center a ball as Leland’s Grace Noorman gives chase on Monday at Hancock Field. LaCross, who is still sporting a facemask after breaking her nose in the basketball state quarterfinal, finished with three assists as the Lakers escaped Leland with a 5-4 win. GLEN LAKE senior Jen LaCross looks to center a ball as Leland’s Grace Noorman gives chase on Monday at Hancock Field. LaCross, who is still sporting a facemask after breaking her nose in the basketball state quarterfinal, finished with three assists as the Lakers escaped Leland with a 5-4 win. One of Leelanau County’s fiercest rivalries came roaring back to life at Hancock Field on Monday.

Glen Lake and Leland buried eight second-half goals in the intense early season matchup, but four goals from reigning Dream Team MVP Allie Bonzelet and a dagger from Margot Hazael-Massieux allowed the defending league-champion Lakers to escape with a big 5-4 win.

“I don’t think they had the confidence to play Glen Lake in the beginning,” Leland coach Joe Burda said. “Then they realized they could hang.”

And hang they did.

The Comets (1-2, 1-2 Northwest) trailed 1-0 at halftime but promptly went to work in the second half with a pair of goals from Rowan Wilson. A natural hat trick from Bonzelet didn’t stop them either as Wilson netted a third and Mia Osorio’s corner kick found twine off a Glen Lake player.

The Lakers (4-3, 4-0 Northwest) survived the late rally and finished with a 15-11 advantage in shots, but the win was anything but easy.

“The big rivalry game lived up to the hype,” said first-year Glen Lake coach Eric Luthardt, who lauded the play of keeper Violet Pousho.

Jen LaCross had another impressive game for Glen Lake, assisting on three of Bonzelet’s goals. Hazael- Massieux set up the other. Leland had two unassisted goals from Wilson; the other was set up by Tatum Kareck.

The Comets return to action tomorrow at Benzie while Glen Lake, which hosted Kingsley after press time last night, hosts Birmingham Seaholm.

Kohler nets 4 in North Bay win

Paige Kohler moved her 2018 goal total to 16 on Monday as North Bay completed its season sweep of Kingsley with a 5-0 home win.

“I’m very pleased with our second-half performance,” North Bay coach Tom Spencer said. “We were pretty much unstoppable.”

North Bay (6-3-1, 3-0 NWC), which led 1-0 at halftime, also had a goal and an assist from Sydney Deadman. Emily Halverson, Sarah Reynolds and Ella Sommerfield added one assist apiece.

Next up for North Bay is a Monday-night showdown vs Glen Lake in Suttons Bay. The co-op hosted Benzie after press time last night.

Dynamic duo shines in Kalkaska

Sydney Deadman and Paige Kohler continued their impressive 2018 campaigns in the Kalkaska Blazer Cup on Saturday, combining for six goals and six assists as North Bay went 2-0-1.

“Our midfield is really coming together to help Sydney and Paige shine,” coach Tom Spencer said, “but the two of them are a great force and a major challenge for our opponents. If our opposition chooses to focus on one or both of them, so be it. We have lots of players stepping up.”

North Bay opened with a 1-1 draw against Shelby, followed it up with a 2-1 win over the Traverse City Bulldog Athletic Association and closed out the day with a 7-0 win over Kalkaska.

Deadman and Kohler each finished with three goals and three assists; Emily Halverson chipped in with one goal and one assist; the other goals came courtesy of Ciara Glynn, Season Hawkins and Grace Hearne.

Lakers lose big on the road

Glen Lake ran into a buzzsaw in Charlevoix on Friday.

Rachel Nesburg and Megan Scholten scored two goals apiece and Natalie Nesburg added another as the Red Rayders cruised to a 5-1 win.

“This game is a turning point for the team and myself as a coach, and we’ll look back at this game as a moment of growth when the season is over,” said Glen Lake coach Eric Luthardt, whose team trailed 3-0 at halftime.

Allie Bonzelet scored the lone goal for Glen Lake on an assist from Jen LaCross to trim Charlevoix’s lead to two, but the Rayders answered on a penalty kick from Scholten and an insurance tally from Rachel Nesburg.

North Bay survives Leland rally

Paige Kohler scored twice and added an assist last Wednesday as North Bay outlasted rival Leland for a rare win at Hancock Field, 3-2.

Lads Cuellar and Sydney Deadman set up Kohler’s goals before Kohler returned the favor for Deadman, who sent North Bay into the half up 3-0.

“The first half was pretty ugly,” Leland coach Joe Burda said. “They were playing kick and chase and we were trying to match it, but we want to play possession. The second half we started to possess and connect passes with our wings. We had a couple of chances to tie it up. Jenny (Estrada) had a great PK save against Deadman to keep us in the game.”

Rowan Wilson sparked the second-half comeback with Leland’s first goal. Mattie Burda scored the second on an assist from Mia Osorio.

Glads escape Maple City

Early goals from Stella Warnes and Libby Krcmarik propelled St. Francis to a non-conference win at Glen Lake last Wednesday, 2-1.

“Violet Pousho picked herself up and played brilliantly rest of the game,” Glen Lake coach Eric Luthardt said of his keeper. “That says so much about her character and skill.

“We really got moving as a team (after falling behind). We created a lot of shots and got behind their D, but their keeper made a lot of good saves.”

Sara Baarstad trimmed the St. Francis to one just before the half on an assist from Karrigan LaCross.

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