~ Photo by Douglas Photography
Rockford boys lacrosse continues its impressive season with a 15-12 win over Plymouth in the state quarterfinals, Saturday, June 1. The Rams showcased their tremendous growth this season with quick and accurate ball movement, powerful shooting, speed and agility through the midfield, and dominance at face-off X.
Saturday’s game started late, when a thunderstorm blew through Lansing, forcing a two-hour delay.
“The delay helped the guys settle down and get loose,” Ram head coach Mike DeWitt commented. “We gave up the first goal but then proceeded to score the next eight before Plymouth answered.”
Senior face-off specialist Collin Herman won 15 face-offs and Alex Berris added another three wins, securing offensive possession advantage for the Rams throughout the game
“That 8-goal run was a result of winning face-offs and capitalizing on the offensive end,” said DeWitt.
Senior midfielder Ian Rodriguez played a major role in the match, dodging and scoring with his signature athleticism and power. “Ian set the tone early with four goals in the first half. If Ian is playing well, the rest of the team follows,” noted Coach DeWitt.
Attackmen Cam Henckel and Nick McCreery tallied three goals each, while midfielders Zach Morris and Blake Gordon rounded out the scoring with two and one, respectively.
DeWitt added, ”We were confident we could score on them, we just needed the ball to make that happen!”
Successful 10-man rides contributed to the team’s success in the game as well.
“Our ride generated a handful of turnovers to keep the ball in our offensive zone,” said DeWitt. “Plymouth put together a run there at the end to make things interesting, but our guys answered back.”
The Rams face Brother Rice in the State Semi-Finals on the evening of Wednesday, June 5, at Lansing Catholic.
“This is a huge opportunity for us,” said DeWitt. “Brother Rice is currently the top ranked team in the state and top-20 in the country. We will need to capitalize on offense when we have opportunities and we will have to do the little things right. Ground balls, limit turnovers, ride hard, and play solid off-ball defense.”
Good luck to our Rockford Rams!