The Rockford varsity lacrosse team won its first regional playoff game at the Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium with a 15-3 victory over Hartland. This was the last home game of the season. The Rams finished 8-3 at home.
The Rams started out fast and furious and never looked back. The score stood 8-1 at the half.
The second half added seven more goals to the scoreboard. Leading the attack was Kento Nakano with five goals and one assist to his credit. Blake McDonald added four goals and an assist, and Mitch Newton put in three goals. Adding one goal each were Spencer Sims, Kane Wolfer and Dallas VanBelkum. Assisting the goals were seniors Jordan Shiparski and Jesse Siegel. Also assisting in his first varsity appearance was freshman Landon Howard.
Highlights of the game included Newton scoring his 201st goal of his high school career. This is a school record at Rockford High School. Shiparski had his first assist playing as a long stick defenseman, and Nakano scored a sweet “behind the back” goal.
Defense was led by Connor Flynn and Tyler Wolpert in goal. Shiparski picked up 12 ground balls in this game alone—this season’s record for a defenseman.
The Rams traveled to Holt on Tuesday, May 29, in pursuit of the regional championship. Watch next week’s issue of The Rockford Squire for results.