Rockford seniors have bright futures planned ahead
by MIKE SAMUELS
The second annual U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame Game, held at Shaw Stadium in Detroit on June 13, signified the end for many of the senior class’ all-stars, but for team captains Roxy Rosema and DJ Lubs of Rockford High School’s girls and boys lacrosse teams, the transition from high school to college is seen as just the beginning.
“I’m going to miss the friendships I’ve made and the bond we all created,” said Rosema, “but I’m excited for the opportunity to move forward.”
For Rosema, a four-year varsity standout at Rockford High School, moving forward will begin this fall at Grand Valley State University, where she will play lacrosse and pursue a career in medicine.
Despite finishing the season 21-4 and winning back-to-back regional state championships throughout her career, lacrosse has forced Rosema to deal with all types of situations to which she plans to use to her advantage at the next level.
“We played in situations where the calls were questionable, players were unsportsmanlike and teaming was a challenge. With all the obstacles, I focused on doing my best regardless of the situation,” said Rosema.
Rosema was at her best all year, scoring 10 goals, dishing 13 assists, and was one of the team’s leaders with 49 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers by the season’s midpoint.
DJ Lubs, the first All-American lacrosse player in program history, will begin his collegiate career at Florida Southern, a Division II school in Lakeland, Fla. Lubs plans to study athletic training.
“I know that college is a different animal,” said Lubs. “The competition is much stronger and the expectations are a lot higher, but I hope to step in with everything I’ve learned at Rockford and help the program continue to be successful.”
When it comes to the pressures and new responsibilities of the next level, Lubs isn’t worried. “I’m just happy to be given the opportunity to play a sport I love and go to school,” he said. “I will never forget my years at Rockford, and as long as I remember where I came from everything will fall in to place.”
Lubs excelled as a defensive specialist, finishing the season with 10 assists and one goal, and ending his career winning a school record 62 percent of all face-offs.