Women’s water polo stung, blasted, ratted out

Natalie Beeg defends against Saline.	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Natalie Beeg defends against Saline. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY


by PATRICK KEELEY

Rockford women’s water polo, the defending state champions of 2008, went to Ann Arbor Pioneer for their Early Bird Tournament to start the season. Although the first game ended well, with a 15-4 win over Dexter, the next three games against Ann Arbor area teams were painful to watch.

Rockford lost to the Hornets of Saline (8-3) Ann Arbor Pioneer (8-2). A last-second half-pool bomb that slipped between the Rams’ goalie’s hands gave the River Rats of Ann Arbor Huron a 6-5 win in the Rams’ last game of the day.

Mary Keeley sprints past a Saline opponent.<br>Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Mary Keeley sprints past a Saline opponent. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Coach Reickard was realistic, “When you graduate five starters from a state championship squad, you will have to have a learning experience. We are doing a lot of feeling out, and we made a lot of strides. The games got better as the tournament continued. We are moving on.”

Following are the goals scored in each game:

  • Saline-2-0, 3-2, 1-0, 2-1; final 8-3 (Rockford goals by Mary Keeley, Kelsey Vermeer, Ariel Beattie).
  • Ann Arbor Pioneer-2-1, 2-0, 2-1, 2-0; final 8-2 (goals by Christina Weston, Amanda Johnson).
  • Ann Arbor Huron-0-1, 1-0, 0-1, 5-3; final 6-5 (two goals by Molly Wooldrige and Natalie Beeg, and one by Keeley).
Ashley Gremel controls the ball.	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Ashley Gremel controls the ball. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Rockford starts the season with games against Holland, Grand Haven, and then Jenison on March 30.

Christina Weston fights for a goal.	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Christina Weston fights for a goal.Photo by PATRICK KEELEY


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