Rockford girls lacrosse squeezes narrow victory over Catholic Central

A beautiful evening at the Grand Rapids Catholic Central athletic fields greeted the two best girls lacrosse teams in West Michigan on Wednesday, April 21. It was a showdown to establish leadership of the OK Rainbow conference. In the first meeting this year between the two highly ranked teams, the girls gave the fans a great show.

The Rams scored first and then Catholic Central answered with two quick goals to take their only lead of the night, 2-1.

The Rams then reeled off four straight goals behind the scoring duo of Meagan Emery and Andi Raymond. The Cougars clawed their way back into the game, tying it twice at 5-5, and then at the half, 6-6.

The Rams came out strong in the first four minutes of the second half, with Raymond and Emery teaming up for a goal and assist each. The Rams led 8-6 and then their tough defense took over. With Jenna Chaffee in goal and a great defensive effort from all the Rams, including Jill Fowle, Abbey Neerken, Kelli Raymond, Sydney Gray, Lexi O’Connor, Kelly McCabe, and Alyssa Neumen, the Rams shut down the Cougar offense and let their own control the ball and the clock. A late goal by Catholic Central made it close, but the Rams were in control the entire second half.

The Ram scoring was led by Emery with three goals and an assist, and Andi Raymond with one goal and three assists, while O’Connor, Taylor Hiner Erica Neumen and Kelsei Streeter each added a goal. Streeter’s goal was a great feed from Raymond behind the cage and an acrobatic on-timer from Streeter in front of the net.

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