The Pennfield boys’ lacrosse team scored early and often on Monday night, helping the Panthers move on in the Division 2 state tournament.
Bryce Bohrmann scored five goals and added eight assists to lead the Panthers to a 23-11 victory over East Lansing in a pre-regional contest on Monday at Pennfield High School.
With the win, the sixth-seeded Panthers will advance to Thursday’s regional first contest at No. 3-seeded Notre Dame Prep.
Pennfield (10-5) got off to a hot start, scoring the first five goals of the game in a matter of four minutes. By the end of the first quarter, the Panthers had taken a commanding 10-1 lead. Ethan Everett scored four goals in the period, while Bohrmann tallied five first quarter assists.
“That type of intensity is what we needed right outta the gate,” said Pennfield head coach John Acton. “We knew we had to come out with some intensity because we played these guys early in the year and got a win, but everyone gets better as the year goes on.”
East Lansing slowed Pennfield down slightly in the second and third quarters.
The Trojans outscored the Panthers 5-4 in the second period, and then each team found the back of the net four times in the third, putting the score at 18-10 heading into the final quarter of play.
“We’ve gone through this scenario quite a bit this year, so they’ve learned a little about adversity,” said Acton. “It’s a long game, you’ve gotta play four quarters and stick with it. You’ve gotta play the whole 48 minutes.”
Four different players scored goals for Pennfield in the fourth quarter, as the Panthers closed out a 23-11 victory over the Trojans.
Everett finished with six goals and two assists for Pennfield, while Chris Acton tallied four goals and four assists. Also contributing for the Panthers were Nick Schwarz with four goals, and Zac Wilber with four assists and a goal.
For East Lansing, Grant Brogan scored seven of his team’s eleven goals, and assisted on two others.