Rockford Girls Lacrosse

Rockford girls lacrosse team earns berth in Division I semifinal

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Rockford girls lacrosse team claimed their second consecutive berth in the state semifinals by winning the Lansing regional hosted by Lansing Waverly. The Rams really had their work cut out for them in 2009 with the blind draw for regional pairings. Rockford had to face two top 12 teams in order to advance to the final round. The first-round opponent, Brighton, started strong against the Rams, trading goals with them in the early going. The Ram offense was stagnant for the first 12 minutes of the game. Senior Captain Michon Moline took over and began to light up the scoreboard as the Rams put a flurry of goals in the net to take a 13-6 halftime lead. Seven was the lucky number for the night, with seven Rams scoring goals and Moline netting a team high seven. Defensively, Lexi O’Connor and Alyssa Neumen continued their strong play, protecting goalkeeper Gabrielle Twiest. Twiest had 13 saves in the game. Andi Raymond and Meagan Emery each added three goals, with Raymond contributing six assists. The victory set up a showdown with Ann Arbor Pioneer, who the Rams had played previously and barely escaped with a 6-3 win. The re-match proved to be a different contest than the first, as the Rams scored nine unanswered goals midway through the first half to open up a huge margin. Leading 17-6 at the half, the coaches substituted freely in the second half making sure all the girls got a taste of regional action. Coach Neerken noted, “That was the best total team effort of the year. We had nine girls score goals, and everyone was involved in the offense and defense, moving the ball up the field and cutting off the opportunity for the Pioneer offense.” Raymond and Emery led with six goals each, Kelsei Streeter added three off the bench, and Taylor Balch, Taylor Hiner, Julie Berta, Moline, Abbey Neerken and Roxy Rosema all scored for the Rams. The Rams were dominant on the draw with Raymond, Emery, Rosema and O’Connor confusing the Pioneers off the whistle and claiming 18 center draws. The finals pitted Rockford against Lansing Waverly on the Warriors’ home field. However, the Rams are very comfortable in Lansing, as they have now played seven […]

Rockford girls lacrosse wins two more

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Rams girls lacrosse team traveled to West Ottawa on a dreary cold Monday and added their own heat by lighting up the scoreboard for a team record of 26 goals on April 20. Andi Raymond led the onslaught with a team-record seven goals while adding six assists. Meagan Emery has sniper-like accuracy with five goals on seven shots, and she helped get the scoring started with an assist on the night’s first goal. Michon Moline added four goals, Abbey Neerken three ,Taylor Hiner and Gabby Twiest two apiece, and Taylor Balch, Kelsei Streeter and Roxy Rosema each scored one. Rockford led 17-1 at the half and were never challenged, as their defense was suffocating. The Rams out-shot West Ottawa 51-4. Senior Gabby Twiest and sophomore Sydney Gray were once again strong in goal. Contributing to the record-setting defense were Jill Fowle, Shelby Smith, Alyssa Neumen, Lexi O’Connor and Emily Gray. Wednesday night, April 22, the Rams hosted Forest Hills in a conference match-up, which was the first meeting this year between the neighborhood rivals. The Rams started the scoring, but Forest Hills hung tough, scoring twice to narrow the gap 10 minutes in to the game. Coach Jeff Neerken then called a time out, “I needed to settle the girls down and get them playing their game. They were a little sloppy on the offensive end. After our time out, we caught fire.” Catch fire they did, with Raymond lighting the fuse. The Ram onslaught ended at the half as the Rams built a 12-2 lead. The Rams again held a huge advantage in shots on goal, out-shooting Forest Hills 39-10. Raymond matched Monday’s output with seven more goals and four assists. Moline added five goals, Rosema two goals, Neerken two, and Emery, Balch and Streeter one each. Emery also assisted on three of Raymond’s goals and Hiner added three assists. Emery, Neerken and Rosema played excellent games at both ends of the field, as Emery and Rosema each caused three Forest Hills turnovers, and Neerken continued her strong draw play, winning 12 center draws. Fowle, O’Connor, Neumen and Smith continued their fine play, only allowing 10 shots on goal for the entire game. Since returning from spring break, the Rams have outscored their […]

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