2017-10-26 / Sports

Mackinac Island Lakers Finish Season With Repeat Tournament Title

By Jacob A. Ball


At right: Senior captain Gabe Kromer races past a Beaver Island defender during the Northern Lights League championship game on Beaver Island Saturday, October 14. (Photographs by Rodney Myers) At right: Senior captain Gabe Kromer races past a Beaver Island defender during the Northern Lights League championship game on Beaver Island Saturday, October 14. (Photographs by Rodney Myers) The Mackinac Island Lakers continued their Northern Lights League dominance with a 2-1 defeat of the host Beaver Islanders on Saturday, Ocotber 14, to win their second straight conference soccer tournament championship and also finish in first place for the season with a 14-1 record.

They flew back home with the tournament championship thanks to a strong showing that included deciding goals from sophomore Maschelle Kepple and freshman Dominic Morse and five saves from freshman goalie Albert Mosley.

“They did awesome!” said Lakers Coach Mary Patay.

The Lakers were given a bye to the semi-finals where they played Munising Baptist. They defeated the conference opponent 7-1 behind a dominant performance from junior Aaron Riggs, who scored three goals in the game to secure himself another hat trick on the season. Two more goals came from junior Alex Henlin, while Morse and Kepple scored a goal each. Mosley recorded 10 saves in the matchup.


At left: Junior captain Aaron Riggs battles to keep possession during the decisive game at the Northern Light League tournament. Riggs would score a hat trick in the semifinals matchup against Munising Baptist. At left: Junior captain Aaron Riggs battles to keep possession during the decisive game at the Northern Light League tournament. Riggs would score a hat trick in the semifinals matchup against Munising Baptist. With the regular season and postseason championships secured, Coach Patay has high hopes for the future success of her team. It will take lots of hard work again this off-season, she says, but since the summer, her players’ commitment has lifted them to this point. She hopes this will continue next season, when the Lakers will hold 7 a.m. practices for a month as they prepare to defend their title.

The Lakers only lose two seniors next season, Nick Davis and Gabe Kromer. Coach Patay said she is proud of the leadership, especially from Davis, who has been playing soccer for her since he was a seventh grader. Kromer started playing in ninth grade and his coach said he has made impressive gains.

Six teams participated in the postseason competition, Munising Baptist, Hannahville, Big Bay de Noc, Grand Marais, Beaver Island, and Mackinac Island.

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