The Rockford Girls’ Lacrosse team has been ranked number one in the Division One poll for most of the season. Now, they have the championship trophy to prove it. Rockford reached the state championship game after beating number two-ranked Hartland 15-9 in Hartland. Teamwork dominated the practices, and it prevailed on the field. Led by senior Captain Erika Neuman, with four goals and an assist, the team continued to play with the intensity necessary to beat an elite team like Hartland.
Coach Emery said, “We’ve played in the semifinal game for six years in a row, and we’ve lost three times by one goal. We were not going to let that happen today.” The Rams were driven to play for the championship especially since they were hosting it no matter who won. On Saturday, the Rams found themselves on the Ted in Rockford playing for the state title against Bloomfield United.
Rockford never gave Bloomfield a chance to breathe, dominating the first half 11-3. The defense, led by senior Captains Kendal Carr and Lauren Whitfield, along with junior Aimee Hite, freshman Ryann Deuel and sophomore Kelly Spehar helped Goalie Katie Elwell form a brick wall through which Bloomfield struggled to penetrate. The Rockford offense dominated ball control throughout the game. Neumen used her experience from winning the 2010 state title to lead her team with passion finding the back of the net four times. Junior Kyleigh Egnatuk led the team with five goals and numerous draw controls. Juniors Kendall Short and Meghan Datema along with freshman Alex Vandermolen each contributed two goals. Junior Amber Livingston added another goal to help Rockford win the Division 1 State Championship16-7.
The Rams will lose three seniors from this state championship team. All are headed to play college lacrosse. Neuman will play Division 1 for Hofstra University in New York, Kendal Carr signed with Aquinas College and Lauren Whitfield is headed to Illinois to Aurora University.
Neuman is hopeful about the future of the Girls’ Lacrosse team: “It’s nice to finish on a good note with the state championship. We had a lot of chemistry all season, and it was nice to see we were able to achieve our goals set for the season. There are a lot of talented players on this team, and I am excited to see what they can do in the next couple years!”
Elated Coach Emery stated, “This is the hardest working team we have ever had. Bloomfield played a great game but our kids were a little faster and they played a little harder. I am so proud of our senior captains. They set the tone from day one with their incredible work ethic. It’s such a great group of girls that I’m sad we won’t all be at practice together on Monday!”