Lacrosse season may have officially kicked off on Wednesday March 21, but the members of Team 21 have been putting in plenty of time both through off season workouts and volunteering in the Community.
Head Coach Mike DeWitt’s expectations on the field are high, however he places just as much emphasis on his player’s commitment to the community. Assisting with LPGA parking, youth camps in the summer/fall/winter, early morning help at the Community Services craft show and the annual Purple Community game to benefit cancer research are just a few examples of their dedication to “giving back”.
This season – Team 21 is looking to “Leave No Doubt” that their program is one of the best in the state. They will be looking to have even more success than their state semi-final finish last season and they begin ranked number 4 in Division 1 in the state.
After a practice scrimmage last week with defending Division 2 state champion EGR, the team opened the season with a home game vs a young, but talented, Haslett-Williamston team. The Rams highly talented FOGO Cole Scheffler began the game with a face off win against one of the other elite face off players in the State. It set the stage for what Coach DeWitt called a “solid first game of the season” with a score of 13-7. Highlights from the contest include the offense, which was very efficient, scoring goals on 7 of the first 10 possessions. The team also displayed many successful transitions in great part to the dominating clears by senior goalie Ben Stoklas. The scoring was led by senior attackmen Brian Bera and Cam Kostus each with 4 goals. Other goals were recorded by Lucas Galvin (2) and Josh Kleefisch, Cam Henckel and Kaden Seeyle each contributed a goal apiece. Playing as a team, assists were also recorded by Ben Swayze (3), Bera (2), and Henckel. Coach DeWitt was also pleased with the senior led defense of Carson Banfield, Collin Hartley and Kyle Heeren as they communicated well, performed good slides, and held the visiting team to short possessions.
The Rams then traveled to Indiana over the weekend to play games against Hamilton SouthEastern and Carmel, two of the top programs in the state. Team 21 went 1-1 for the weekend and came away with things to build on.
Rockford will host last year’s Division 2 State Runner Up Forest Hills Central on Tuesday at 7pm.
Come out and support the team as they play multiple home games in April and push to make a run to the State Title! The schedule can be found at www.rockfordlacrosse.com.