Despite scoring six unanswered goals in the second half, the Holt boys lacrosse team was unable to overcome Haslett’s big lead and fell to the CAAC rival Vikings, 8-6, Tuesday in a game shortened by inclement weather.
Haslett and Holt are tied behind Okemos in the CAAC league standings.
“We started out great, but we struggled through the latter part of the game,” Haslett coach Brent Taylor said. “It’s always a tough challenge to keep the intensity up when you get a big lead early on, so that was tough tonight.”
“I wish the weather held off so we could have finished the game,” Taylor added. “I would’ve liked to see how we finished.”
“We had a nice effort coming back in the third quarter, but it’s tough when you dig yourself a big hole early in the game,” said Holt coach Mike VanAntwerp. “I would have liked to finish the game and see what happened, but we’ll see them again in the league tournament.”
The game will not be replayed after being called with just under eight minutes to play because three quarters were completed.
Vikings senior Graham Riley scored the first goal four minutes into the game and ignited a 6-0 Haslett scoring run in the first quarter. Jake Gornick scored another goal a minute later before Noah Taylor scored two goals, and Mitchell Pischea and Riley each scored one goal in the final three minutes of the first.
Taylor scored his third goal halfway through the second quarter and Eric Lounds followed with the Vikings final goal just 30 seconds later. Holt’s Chase Williamson scored the Rams only goal of the first half in the final minute of the second quarter to enter halftime trailing by seven, 8-1.
“The weather was a disappointment, but when you get down 8-1 at the half, that’s the hole you’re digging out of and that’s the risk you’re taking,” said VanAntwerp.
The Rams adjusted their approach at halftime, though, as Levi Peterson, Matt Rice, Keagan Brickey and James Cardon each scored one goal to cut Haslett’s lead to three heading into the fourth quarter. Nick Gilbert scored the Rams final goal with 11 minutes to play in the fourth.