The Rockford girls varsity water polo this past weekend of May 4-5 traveled to the lakeshore for the West Ottawa-Zeeland Tulip Time Tournament. The girls completed a busy week of regular season games, so for them it was tune-up time before the post season.
Friday night started off in a tight game against Dexter. At the end of the first quarter, the Rams found themselves down by a goal, 2-3. First-quarter goals by Adrianna Craft and Julia Ceglowski kept the game close and by halftime the score was knotted at 5-5.
Second-quarter goals were tallied by Abbey Finlayson with one goal and two goals by Adrianna Craft.
The third quarter featured more of the same from the first half and continued to be a back-and-forth game. The only goal scored by the Rams in the third was by Marie Siegel which provided a 6-6 tie heading into the fourth quarter.
The Rams owned the fourth quarter and began pulling away. Goals by Casey Wolfer, Kara Vandawater and Siegel solidified the victory with a final score of Rockford 9, Dexter 6.
On Saturday three games were played. The first game was the fourth meeting this year against Hudsonville. The two teams have developed a friendly rivalry this year and in honor of Kentucky Derby day the Call to the Post was played during the starting swim-off. Right from the start they were literally off to the races.
In the first quarter, Hudsonville was up one goal. The score was 1-2 after they traded scoring on penalty shots. In the second quarter, Rockford added four more goals and Hudsonville scored one for a halftime score of 5-3.
In the third quarter, Hudsonville came out swimming fast and scored and added another on a six-on-five, which also caused Rockford’s key ball driver to foul out of the game. The score at the end of the third was tied at 5-5.
In the fourth quarter, Hudsonville scored on a five-meter penalty shot. The Rockford girls were working hard offensively and scored two more goals to come away with the win, 7-6.
Scoring for Rockford were Wolfer (four), Craft (two) and Siegel (one), with an assist by Maddie Levine.
The next games featured new plays and balanced scoring, showing even more how the team has many players to help on the offense this year. The girls played Grandville, which was held scoreless until the fourth quarter, with a final score of 9-1. Scoring for Rockford were Craft (three), Wolfer (two and an assist), Finlayson (one and an assist), Vandawater (one), Siegel (one), and Morgan Longberg (one). Goalie Ellianna Raymond had 14 saves.
The final game of the day was against one of the tournament hosts West Ottawa at West Ottawa High School. In the first quarter, the girls came out strong and the score was 5-1.
In the second quarter, four more goals were scored by Rockford for a halftime score of 9-1.
In the third, Rockford scored two and West Ottawa added one; the final score was 11-4. Scoring for Rockford were Vandawater (two and an assist), Levine (two), Kristen Schnelle (two), Macy Thompson (two), Craft (one), Siegel (one), and Heather Ferriby (one).
This weekend, on Saturday, May 12, the Rockford Rams girls varsity team will compete at 10:30 a.m. in the district tournament at Jenison High School.