The 2019 MHSAA Boys Lacrosse Regional Champion Rockford Rams. ~ Contributed Photo
GRANDVILLE – The Ram boys lacrosse team took on Hudsonville at Grandville High School in MHSAA Regional competition, Wednesday, May 29. Rockford was impressive, fighting off the Eagle offense while finding the back of the net plenty of times to claim the Regional Championship by a 12-7 score.
“We were confident in our team's ability to win the Regional Championship,” shares Ram head coach Mike DeWitt. “We had already played Hudsonville before this season but knew they would leave everything on the field. We expected them to play their best game all season, but we were confident if we played our game then we would keep our season going.”
That confidence found the Rams enjoying a 7-2 lead at the half. Showing impressive depth, there were five Rams who found the back of the net in the first half. Ian Rodriguez and Cam Henckel scored twice and Zach Morris, Kaden Seelye, and Nolan Graalman each chipped in a score apiece. Seelye, Graalman, Morris and Nick McCreery each helped the Ram cause by notching an assist.
The Rams continued their offensive onslaught, but struggled a bit on the defensive side of the ball in the second half. McCreery notched the first two goals, with an assist from Morris on the first one, and Seelye on the second. Morris, Rodriguez and Henckel added insurance for a Ram victory with goals, with assist from Henckel, McCreery and Graalman.
“We were happy to win and keep our season alive, but we struggled with mental discipline and doing the little things right,” says DeWitt. “For that you have to credit Hudsonville. They played inspired lacrosse and took us out of our game a little bit. We played faster on the offensive end than we wanted to and that forced us into some uncharacteristic turnovers.”
The Rams now move to the MHSAA State Quarterfinals where they face off against a potent Plymouth team. The game is scheduled for noon at Lansing Catholic.
“Plymouth is a very talented team,” shares DeWitt. “They are well-coached all around, strong in transition, and deadly on the offensive half of the field. We're going to have to play our best game of the season, but our guys have shown up to every big game this year and answered the bell. I'm excited to watch them compete and see if we can make enough plays to play one more round.”