Rockford’s junior varsity girls lacrosse team has improved their record to 15-4 after posting wins over Brighton, East Grand Rapids and Grosse Pointe North.
The girls traveled to Brighton to take on a strong squad. Rockford took the early play to Brighton and jumped out to an early lead. They maintained this lead into the second half, but Brighton came on strong midway through the second half to tie the game at 10.
With less than a minute left in the game, Carly Dew was able to find the back of the net to put the Rams ahead. The defense, led by Kendal Carr and Emily Ruhf, was able to hold on to secure an 11-10 victory.
Several players contributed on the offensive end. Leading the way with three goals was Kate Punches, while Tara Pluger and Kristen Schelle added two goals each. Dew, Megan Hodgman, Rosie Morrisson and Kendra Winicki each added one goal apiece.
The Rams team traveled back home to the “Ted” to try to avenge an early season loss to East Grand Rapids. Led by Punches with five goals and Winicki with four goals, the JV Rams may have played their best game of the season. They were able to control the ball most of the game and played good solid defense. It was a strong defensive effort by Carr, Morrisson, Ruhf, Morgan Swartout and Rachel Jordan. Goaltender Lauren Whitfield put in another great game, making several keys saves. Attack player Tara Pluger also contributed two goals and had a good all-around game. The final score was Rockford 11 and East Grand Rapids 7.
Then on Saturday, in the Rockford Relay for Life benefit game versus Grosse Pointe North, the girls continued their winning ways by posting an 11-6 victory. Whitfield had another strong game in net as she has displayed all season. The Rams were led offensively by Punches with three goals, and Dew, Hodgman and Winicki each added two goals. Winicki’s two goals brought her team-leading goal total to 53 for the year.
Coaches Neumen and Hiner really like the way the team has progressed over the course of the season. “They have really learned to play to together and have all contributed to the success of this team.”