It was an extremely busy week for the Rams, but they worked hard and got the job done.
On Monday the Rams traveled to Caledonia to face the Scotts. The Rams came to play and play they did. By halftime the score was 13-0. The offense was led by Izzy Holmes 1 goal and 5 assists, Mac VanderMolen 4 goals and 1 assist, Brooklyn Neumen 3 goals and 2 assists, Sydney Zimmerman 2 goals and 1 assist, Karrington VanderMolen 2 goals, Maddie McCreery 2 goals, Maggie Hammer 1 goal, Jess Gray 1 goal, Sisely Vongphasouk 1 goal, and Lily Newmann 1 goal.
Draw control was dominated by the Rams as well, winning 17 of 21 draws.
The defense did not let up and made the Scotts work for their one and only goal of the game. The defense also allowed only 4 shots on goal. This hornet’s nest of a defense is led by Sam DeBoer, Bailey Banfield, Shae Strehl, Anna Glynn and Madi Kleefisch.
On Wednesday Forest Hills traveled to Rockford for a highly anticipated match up. The game started out scrappy and intense as was expected, but the Rams were too much to handle for Forest Hills. By halftime the Rams had a 10-2 lead. The midfielders Brooklyn Neumen, Mac VanderMolen, and Karrington VanderMolen took control of the possessions and found the back of the net several times.
Maddie Yakes, the goalie, played very well and made 4 first half saves. She was helped by an aggressive defense.
“It is always a battle against Forest Hills, the kids all know each other and their coach is a friend of ours so they always play their hardest against us. Our midfielders Brooklyn Neumen, Karrington VanderMolen, and Mac VanderMolen really played well and dominated possession in the first half fueling our run of unanswered goals that pushed our halftime lead to 10-2,” stated Emery.
On Saturday Rockford hosted their annual Playday. This event has 600 lacrosse players coming from Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
Rockford’s first game of the day was against Glenbrook South from Illinois. Glenbrook took an early 2-0 lead and then it was a back and forth battle till halftime where the Rams took a 9-7 lead. Draw Controls were what turned the tide for the Rams. Karrington VanderMolen led with 7, Mac VanderMolen 5, and Brooklyn Neumen 5. This enabled the Rams to pull away with the win 14-10.
Brooklyn Neumen led the scoring with 5 goals and 1 assist, Sydney Zimmerman 2 goals and 3 assists, Karrington VanderMolen 4 goals, Mac VanderMolen 2 goals, and Maggie Hammer 1 goal.
Next up for the Rams was Cranbrook Kingswood. This game was predicted to be a battle but the Rams proved to be too much for Cranbrook 20-6.
Maddie Yakes was strong in net recording 5 saves. She was protected by a tough defense led by Sam DeBoer, Shae Strehl, Anna Glynn, Bailey Banfield, and Madi Kleefisch. The defense also caused 10 turnovers. Karrington VanderMolen, Bailey Banfield and Maggie Hammer each had 2 caused turnovers.
Brooklyn Neumen had 8 goals and 1 assist, Karrington VanderMolen had 5 goals, Mac VanderMolen had 1 goal and 3 assists, and Izzy Holmes had 1 goal and 3 assists.
Rockford has another tough week coming up. They play Catholic Central on Monday, East Grand Rapids on Wednesday, and then travel to Notre Dame to play two teams from Illinois, New Trier and Loyola.