Cooper Sturr

Rams lacrosse takes two of three

May 27, 2010 // 0 Comments

by MIKE KROLL On Saturday May 15, Rockford’s boy’s lacrosse team beat Okemos 11-10 in a double-overtime thriller at Okemos High School. The game was a testament to perseverance, conditioning and plain old hard work. As senior captain Cooper Sturr said after the game, “We just worked harder at the end, and our conditioning paid off.” Trailing 7-0 late in the second quarter, the Rams finally got on the board with 3:22 left in the half on a goal from Mitch Newton, who scored after receiving a long clearing pass from defenseman Charlie Vanderzee. The halftime score was Okemos 7, Rockford 1. Coach Murray’s team picked up the pace in the third quarter, with goals scored by Kevin Badersnider, Blake McDonald and Jon Hazy. The Chieftains also scored twice to take a 9-4 lead going into the fourth quarter. In the final quarter, Rockford worked harder than Okemos by winning face-offs and maintaining possession. Badersnider won several key face-offs, which seemed to ignite the Rams’ offense. Matt Duvel started the fourth quarter scoring at the 6:54 mark, and was soon followed by two goals from Adam Kroll, and two goals from Kento Nakano. Goalie Connor Flynn and the Rams’ defense elevated their play in the final quarter as well, holding Okemos to just one fourth-quarter goal. With the Rams down 10-9 after Kroll’s goal at the 1:55 mark, Badersnider won another face-off, allowing Rockford to keep possession and momentum. With 10 seconds left in the game, Newton scored after a quick pass from McDonald, sending the Rockford fans into a frenzy and the game into overtime. During the first overtime period, both teams had shots on goal, but there was no scoring. Flynn again came up big when it mattered most, and the game moved into a second overtime period. The suspense and pressure could be felt throughout Okemos Stadium, as the next goal would give a sudden-death win to whichever team scored. At the 2:15 mark in the second overtime, Kroll spun away from an Okemos long-stick, found a shooting lane, and fired a hard, low shot that skipped past the Chieftain goalie for the game-winning goal. The final score was Rockford 11, Okemos 10. The exciting victory made the team’s bus ride back […]