Rockford’s boys lacrosse team’s season came to an end in the MHSAA regional playoffs at Holt High School last Wednesday. The Rams lost a close battle to Holt by a score of 10-8. Trailing 8-5 at halftime, Rockford outscored Holt 3-2 in the second half. Although the Rams never quit and actually out-shot Holt by a 32 to 22 margin during the game, they were unable to tie it up against a very strong Holt defense. The Rams were led by sophomore attack man Kento Nakano, who scored three goals and had one assist. Senior Adam Kroll scored twice, and Rockford also had goals from senior Erik Datema, junior Mitchell Newton, and freshman Kane Wolfer. The Holt Rams’ leading scorer was attack man Paul Schalau, who tallied four goals in the contest. Rockford Coach Pete Sims’ team finished the year with a 9 and 7 record. The young Rams will return many players to next year’s campaign, and look to improve upon their winning 2011 season.
Rockford Boys Lacrosse Team
Rockford’s boys lacrosse team took fourth place in the OK conference tier one lacrosse tournament last week, falling to Forest Hills Northern/Eastern (FHNE) and East Grand Rapids (EGR). The Rams faced one of the state’s top teams, FHNE, for the second time in a week, but this time came out on the wrong end, losing 16-11. FHNE started off with a two-goal lead. However, Rockford scored three times in the opening quarter, with two goals from sophomore attackman Kento Nakano, and one from junior midfielder Mitchell Newton. The Rams led 3-2 after one. FHNE scored four times in the second quarter, while Rockford managed two goals from senior attackman Adam Kroll. Rockford kept the game close with Spencer Sims and Ryan Hartley winning face-offs, which allowed the Rams to maintain possession during much of the first half. The halftime score was 6-5, in favor of the Hawks. The second half was an abrupt change, as FHNE controlled possession for most of the third quarter, scoring six goals to just one goal from senior Erik Datema of the Rams. Rockford fought back in the final quarter, outscoring Forest Hills 5-4, but could not overcome the damage inflicted during the third quarter. Kroll ended up with four goals, while Newton finished with three goals and two assists. Sophomore Blake McDonald netted Rockford’s final goal of the contest. On Thursday, May 12, the Rams faced East Grand Rapids at Memorial Field in the consolation game of the conference tournament. The Pioneers won the game by a 15-9 margin, with a balanced scoring attack from eight players. The Rams, who trailed 11-3 at halftime, got two goals each from Kroll, Newton and McDonald. Alex Pouba, Datema and Karson Konkle also scored for Rockford. The Rams will begin competition in the Division I state regional tournament this week, with a home game at the Ted. The opponent will be the winner of the Grand Haven-Howell game, and the date and time is yet to be determined.
Rockford’s boys lacrosse team knocked off West Ottawa in the opening game of the Division 1, region 1 state high school lacrosse tournament on May 26. The final score was 7 to 5 at West Ottawa High School. The Rams scoring was led by junior midfielder Erik Datema, who scored three goals. Attack man Mitch Newton had two goals along with two assists. Also scoring for Rockford were Blake McDonald and Kevin Badersnider. The Rams defense of Cooper Sturr, Jordan Shiparski, Austin Mills, Josh Henry and Brandon Emmons supported the strong goal-keeping of sophomore Connor Flynn, who recorded 14 saves against the Panthers. Coach Tim Murray’s young team will next face Detroit U-D Jesuit in a regional semi-final match on Wednesday June 2, at the neutral location of Holt High School.