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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 […]

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 […]