Rockford varsity boys lacrosse flexed their muscles on Senior Night, Tuesday, May 1, with 13 points scored by seniors in a landslide win of 21-2 over West Ottawa. Leading the senior scorers was Mitch Newton with four goals and two assists. Other senior point earners were Joe Belliel with two goals and an assist, Jesse Siegel with a goal and an assist, Spencer Sims with a goal, and Alex Pouba with an assist. Underclassmen certainly contributed to the night’s success with six goals by junior Kane Wolfer, sophomore Ben Sims with four goals, Kento Nakano with two, and Blake McDonald with one. Seniors Austin Phillips and Josh Larsen led the strong defense for the night. Connor Flynn and Tyler Wolpert were tending the net for the win. Capping off the night was senior Ben Braden registering his first penalty of his lacrosse career. Thursday night, May 3, the Rams took on Forest Hills Eastern/Northern, with the game statistics still yet to be determined. The Rams battled to an 8-8 tie with 5:12 minutes left in the fourth quarter. The game was called due to lightening and will be finished Thursday evening, May 10. Saturday night brought another tough match-up to the Ted, where the Rams took on Cranbrook varsity. The game was full of streaks and the Rams looked like they were going to win this one standing at a 12-9 lead late in the fourth quarter. Cranbrook fought back and tied it 12-12 to finish regulation play. Four minutes were put on the clock with the first goal scored determining the win. Cranbrook scored first to end a heartbreak 13-12. Wolfer led the Ram scoring with five goals, Newton added four, and McDonald, Nakano and B. Sims each contributed one.
Rockford Varsity Boys Lacrosse
Shaking the sand out of their sandals after Spring Break and with many groans upon their early return to practice, the Rockford varsity boys lacrosse team hosted three matches from across the state this past week. The Rams ended the week with two wins and one loss to their credit. Three tough opponents met the Rams at the Ted: East Grand Rapids (EGR), Holt Rams, and Birmingham Brother Rice. With cloudy skies and a 39-degree temperature Tuesday night, April 10, the Rams played cross town rival EGR and came away with a 5-4 victory. The first period was scoreless with some outstanding play from goalie Connor Flynn, who stopped six shots. The Rams scored early in the second period with a good defensive play by Jordan Shiparski. The play set up a goal made by Blake McDonald with an assist from Kane Wolfer. With brothers Spencer and Ben Sims controlling the face-offs, Rockford scored two more goals—Spencer on a power move—and a goal by Kento Nakano, with the assist made by Joe Belliel. The second half was much like the first as both defenses smothered each other’s offenses. Both teams traded goals, but the Rams stayed in the lead for their first league win, behind goals by McDonald and Nakano. Ryan Hartnagel led the defense with six ground balls. Holt came to town Thursday night, April 12, rated number five in the state against eighth-ranked Rockford. Just like the rankings, Holt pulled away to an 8-5 win, giving the Rams their first loss of the season. Three man downs was the difference in the game as the Rams matched Holt in even play. Mitch Newton had the hot hand as he led the team in scoring with three goals. McDonald and Karson Konkle also had goals. Assists went to Nakano with two, Kane Wolfer and Jesse Siegel with one each. Friday the 13th brought Brother Rice Warriors to the Ted. They met a rocking Ram team that may have played their best game of the season thus far. The Rams scored the first goal of the game and never relinquished the lead as they beat the east state team 8-7. Many players stepped up for Rockford in the win, like defensive middie Jon Hazy, who […]
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 […]