Girls’ Lacrosse team braves elements to bring victory for the Rams

SP-Lacrosse-2The weather has not deterred the Rockford Girls’ Lacrosse team as they have played and practiced in hail, rain, snow and frigid temperatures and found themselves with a 9-0 record for the first half of the season. This week was no exception. The Rams faced Caledonia Monday, April 15 in miserable conditions with driving rain and topped Caledonia with a 15-11 win led by Erika Neumen, Meghan Datema, and Alex VanderMolen. They continued to face adverse conditions on Wednesday when Ann Arbor Skyline traveled to Rockford. Together they waited due to lightning delays, but finally played the entire game resulting in a Rockford win 18-6.

Finally, Rockford traveled to the East vs. West tournament on Saturday, April 20 and faced Bloomfield Hills Marian, Detroit Country Day, and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook. Rockford began by defeating Marian 7-4 and continued to defeat Detroit Country Day 13-0. Katie Elwell was stellar in the goal with a .65 save percentage, and the defense, led by co-captains Kendall Carr and Lauren Whitfield continued to assist Elwell in keeping balls away from the net. The Rams ended the day defeating Cranbrook 10-4. Erika Neuman led the offense with eight goals and two assists.

Coach Mike Emery said, “She (Neuman) really is an elite player. We have a lot of strong players that assist her as well.”

One of the strong players that work so well with Neuman is Junior Meghan Datema. She was excited after the long day of play, “We faced great competition and played well as a team. It was nice to play teams we wouldn’t normally see on our schedule.”

Coach Emery is excited about the team’s growth, “Our team represented west Michigan well. The key to the day was the unselfishness of our team.”

Rockford faces East Grand Rapids Monday, April 22, and then travels to play Catholic Central on Wednesday.

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