By Ryan Kaczmarski
It took almost a week – with two rain-outs and a postponement – but when the clouds parted, the Bay High School girls lacrosse team took it to Beaumont and won its first-ever home playoff game, 16-11, Thursday night.
The original game date was May 12, but was postponed due to lightning, then it was started on Tuesday night, with the Rockets taking a 6-3 lead with 7:18 left to play in the first half before the game was again postponed because of bad weather. Wednesday was a wash, but the rain held up just long enough on Thursday to finish the contest.
“It was really a great win,” Bay head coach Dave Lowry said. “I’m especially proud of our seniors, who have been the core of the program for three years. This group of seniors – we have nine of them – have been on the team since they were sophomores and they have been so important to the development of this program.
“The game today was a great one, because we were really well-matched with Beaumont,” he added. “So we had to play a good game on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball to keep that victory. Our defense played very patiently and smart, while our offense was opportunistic. They played well and deserved the win.”
The Rockets’ offensive power came from junior Katie Galang, who scored five goals, followed by scores from Bailey Lempke (4), Sophie Steyns (4), Audrey Sullivan (2) and Maddie Holmes.
“It was a relief to finally get this game in,” Steyns said. “(The win) felt good. We were just kind of waiting for it and just hoping we could keep our momentum up from Tuesday.
“We hyped this game up a lot, so I’m glad we came out with the win.”
The constant waiting for the game to start, then resume was taxing for everyone involved, including the players, coaches and parents.
“It was really hard, especially after we got the game going and getting the 6-3 lead on Tuesday,” Steyns explained. “Then knowing we weren’t going to play on Wednesday, made it mentally tough.”
“Steyns is really the heart and soul of our team,” Lowry said. “She’s a senior and she takes the draws. She’s the leading scorer and our leader in ground ball possessions. She really makes everything work, and everything runs off of Sophie’s lead.”
The Rockets also had a great performance from senior goalkeeper Emma Grubaugh, who tallied seven saves in netting the win.
Bay pushed its record to 8-5 on the season with the win, and Lowry is excited for what the future will bring for the program.
“Nine seniors is going to be a big group to replace, but the great thing about the future of Bay lacrosse is that we have youth programs starting as soon as third grade now.
“Really when you look around the area, the earlier you start playing organized lacrosse, it makes for a better high school program. The future really looks bright, because when those youth players get into high school, with three or four years of experience in them, it’s going to make a huge difference.”