Josh Haaser on a fast break after securing the steal
This past weekend JV headed to Grand Haven to take part in the JV Shoot Out Tournament. They faced some stiff competition but finished the weekend 2-2.
The team started off with a game against Rockford. Despite being outscored 7 – 14, the Eagles had some good performances. Josh Benson scored 5 goals, Josh Haaser racked up 3 steals and a goal, and Gabe Boonstra got a steal which he proceeded to take full pool for a break away goal.
Saturday started with a game again Jension, and with Ethan Springer, the JV goalie unavailable, the Eagles brought down Austin Atwood — a varsity field player with 7 minutes worth of goalie experience — to fill in.
Goals by Drew Miller, Wesley Fields, and Jake Benson got the game started off right for the Eagles, while Atwood allowed only a single Wildcat goal to finish the first quarter up 3-1. Jension rallied back in the second putting up 2 unanswered goals making it tied at 3 at the end of the half.
The second half started with Fields winning the sprint for the Eagles, which quickly became another goal for Benson. Strong defensive play by both teams lead to that being the only goal in the third.
The Eagles held a 4-3 advantage to start the fourth, but Jenison struck quickly, making it a tie game once again. But the shooting strength of Jake Benson added another 2 goals to finish the game Eagles 6, Jenison 4.
Benson lead the scoring for the Eagles, going 4 for 4 shooting with 2 steals. Fields added a goal to the total along with an assist and 2 steals. Miller added 1 goal and 1 steal. Josh Haaser was responsible for 3 assists and 4 steals, Adam Simon added an assist and a steal, with Ezra Dejonge adding the final assist.
The Eagles came out fighting against this strong team, with the defense holding Zeeland to only 2 points and Ezra Dejonge hitting an amazing skip shot from way outside the 5 meter line to make the score 1 – 2 at the end of the first. Unfortunately, the Eagles were out-scored 0-3, 1-2, and 1-3 in the remaining quarters. Final score, Eagles 3, Zeeland 10.
Scoring for the Eagles were Dejonge, Drew Miller, and Jake Benson. Austin Atwood and Wesley Fields each had assists. Josh Haaser put up a team leading 5 steals, behind him was Fields with 2. Brandon Vansprange, Pablo MaciasSanches, Adam Simon, and Josh VandeGutche all added additional take-aways.
The final game saw the Eagles come out strong against the Grand Haven Buccaneers. Wesley Fields took the lead in the first quarter winning the sprint, getting a steal which he took full pool for the fast break goal, and scoring on a 6-5. Brand Vansprange added an additional goal to make it 3-0.
The tone set in the first quarter continued throughout the whole game with Fields winning all 4 sprints. Josh Haaser flexed some of his offensive muscle after being the top defender for the previous games and added 2 goals in the second quarter. Jake Benson added 1 goal in both the third and fourth quarters. Grand Haven was only able to put two goals past the Eagles’ defense which managed to finish the game with 19 steals total.
Atwood and Fields had 2 assists each while Drew Miller and Matt Lawrence each had one a piece.
Leading the defensive push was Adam Simon with 4 steals. Atwood, Fields, Haaser, Ezra Dejonge, Pablo MaciasSanchez and Drew Miller each had 2 steals each. Benson and Gabe Boonstra each added another.