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Rams roll in opening lacrosse games

April 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

Rockford varsity boys lacrosse is underway, and the Rams have faced two opponents thus far, putting them at 2-0 for the season. The Rams hosted the Vikings of Haslett on Saturday, March 24 for the opener. The first game of the season started out with an exciting come-from-behind overtime win of 6-5. The Rams opened the first quarter of the game moving a bit tentatively. Haslett scored the first two goals of the game on man-downs, with Rockford in the penalty box. The Rams soon answered on their own man-up, as Mitch Newton scored a pretty goal with an assist from Joe Belliel. The Vikings scored again late in the period to the end the first quarter with a 3-1 lead. The Rams got rolling right away in the second period when Newton scored again, this time unassisted. The Rams then tied the game with a nice underhand shot by Jesse Siegel, assisted by Blake McDonald. The two teams left the field tied 3-3 at the half. Haslett roared back into the second half with two quick unanswered goals, leading the game at 5-3. With just 7.4 seconds left in the third, Kane Wolfer scored off a rebound shot, leaving the Vikings with a one-goal lead. The fourth quarter was a tug of war, as both teams buckled down their defenses and had opposing goalies making great saves. With just 1:18 left in regulation, Kento Nakano fired a laser shot top of restraining line, tying the game and sending the Rams’ opener into overtime. In overtime, the Rams controlled ball movement. Nakano scored the game-winning goal with just 1:38 left. Nakano was assisted by Newton for the goal. Connor Flynn registered nine saves in goal and Ryan Hartnagel led the defense with two caused turnovers and five ground balls. Tuesday, March 27 turned cold and cloudy as the Rams hosted Catholic Central for a night of lacrosse. The Rams steamrolled to a 13-1 victory. All facets of offense and defense were on display, as Rockford controlled the game from the offset. Eight Ram players scored and assisted throughout the match. Newton led the scorers with four goals and two assists. Belliel followed with three goals and an assist. Nakano contributed two goals and two assists. […]

Offensive explosion for Rams lacrosse in Lansing

May 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

by MIKE KROLL The Rockford varsity boys lacrosse team exploded for 18 goals in last Thursday’s game against Lansing Waverly on May 6. The final score was 18-4 at Waverly High School. Three Rams recorded hat tricks in the game: attack men Mitch Newton and Kento Nakano, and midfielder Adam Kroll. Senior middie Kevin Badersnider scored two goals, as did freshman attack man Blake McDonald. Also picking up goals for the Rams were Eric Datema, Matt Duvel, Jon Hazy, Spencer Sims and George Karam. Strong defensive play by senior long-sticks Cooper Sturr and Austin Mills held the Warriors to just one first-half goal, while sophomore goalie Connor Flynn registered 10 saves in the game. Rockford head coach Tim Murray was able to play the entire squad, as the Rams tallied their most goals since game two, when they scored 17 versus Plymouth High School. On Saturday evening, May 8, the Rams hosted Forest Hills Central (FHC) in the second annual Ramger Classic, an all-day event of lacrosse games between FHC and Rockford. Teams from the third-grade level on up to varsity competed throughout the cold and windy Saturday at the Ted, with proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society. This charity event was initiated two years ago by FHC head coach Tony Quinn and Rockford head coach Tim Murray. Dubbed the “Battle against Cancer,” both coaches refer to it as a must-win game. The varsity game turned out to be a close battle, won by the Rangers, 11-9. FHC came out hot, scoring four goals within the first four minutes of the contest. The Rams would not get down, and by halftime they tightened the score to 7-4, in favor of FHC. Blake McDonald scored three goals, and Adam Kroll had one goal in the first half. Rockford then dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Rangers 4-2, and tied the game at eight goals each with 2:11 left in the quarter. McDonald added his fourth goal of the game, while Kroll scored again, and sophomore Mitch Newton added two more, including the tying goal. In the fourth quarter, the Rams added one more goal by Newton. However, the Rangers scored twice to take the final lead at 11-9. The Rams’ offensive production was led by […]