by MICHAEL KING
Rockford High School’s varsity boys lacrosse team split their first two games of the 2011 season against Lansing Waverly and Holt. On Saturday, March 26, the Rams defeated the Warriors of Waverly by a score of 16-6 under cold wind chill conditions at Rockford’s Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium.
Senior midfielder Adam Kroll opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in front of the Waverly net 1:15 into the contest. Sophomore Blake McDonald and freshman Kane Wolfer added first-quarter goals as the Rams led 3-2 at the end of one.
Rockford scored three more goals in the second quarter—two by sophomore Karson Konkle, and one by junior Mitchell Newton. At halftime, the Rams led 6-4.
Rockford’s offense exploded in the second half, scoring 10 goals. Newton added three more, for a game-high four goals. Wolfer scored twice more for his hat trick. Kroll scored again, and Kento Nakano, Patrick Hartnett, Erik Datema and Jared Seifert posted their first goals of the new campaign.
Ram goalies Connor Flynn and Eliot Vickers shared net-minding duties, giving up only six goals between them. Waverly was stymied all game by Rockford’s defense, led by junior D-poles Jordan Shiparski, Josh Larsen and Anthony DeDamos.
Coach Pete Sims chalked up his first win as Rockford’s new head coach, and said, “Our guys played well, considering it was the first game of the season, but we still have a lot of work to do to get where we need to be.”
The Rams traveled to Holt on Tuesday, March 29, to play the other Rams of Holt. Holt came out hot on a blistery cold evening, scoring five goals in the first period.
Kroll got Rockford on the board at the 1:16 mark of the second quarter. After Holt scored Rockford got goals from Wolfer and Konkle to make the score Holt 6, Rockford 3. Holt got two more goals in the second period to make the halftime score 8-3.
After two quick Rockford goals by McDonald and Konkle to start the second half, Holt scored four unanswered goals to make the score after three quarters 12-5.
Rockford refused to let Holt coast to the win as Newton got his first of two goals to make the score 12-6. Wolfer and McDonald also added goals in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough for the Rams of Rockford as Holt got two more and ended up winning by a final score of 14-9. Outside of the first quarter, when Rockford was outscored 5-0, Rockford played even with Holt the remaining three periods.
Rockford returns to action on April 12 with a key OK conference match-up with Forest Hills. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Ted.