Ram goalie TJ Koop gets a stop in the MHSAA State Semis against Brother Rice. ~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory
LANSING - The Rams boys lacrosse team had an impressive playoff run that found them making it all the way to the MHSAA State Semi-finals, Wednesday, June 5. The Rams dominated their matches in regional play, scoring 44 goals, while their tough defense stifled their opponents and allowed only 11 goals on their way to a Regional crown. The Rams rolled over Traverse City Central 16-3 in the opening round, topped Grandville 16-1 in the semis, and beat Hudsonville 12-7 to earn the Regional crown and a place in the MHSAA State Quarterfinals.
In the Quarters, the Rams faced off against Plymouth and earned a close 15-12 victory, showing plenty of grit, talent and determination. In the MHSAA Semis, at Lansing Catholic Central, the Rams faced off against a potent Birmingham Brother Rice team. Brother Rice jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Rams could find their footing. Senior Ian Rodriguez hit the back of the net to move the score to 3-1. Cam Henckel also notched a score at the end of the quarter to move the score to 6-2. The second quarter found the Rams able to tally two more scores with junior Kaden Seelye and Rodriguez each netting a goal to move into halftime with a 9-4 score. The second half was all Brother Rice as their defense crashed down on the Rams holding them scoreless, while tallying nine goals of their own to claim the 18-4 victory. The Rams should hold their heads high on a great season, seeing that Brother Rice went on to claim the State title on Saturday.
“This season was very successful,” shares head coach Mike DeWitt. “We started as an inexperienced team with a lot of potential and ended up reaching that potential in our program’s second trip ever to the state semi-finals. We had great leadership to get us through some adversity early in the season and right before playoff time. The boys came together, played for one another, and shared each other's success.”
Andrew Landham works his way down the field in the semis. ~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory
Ian Rodriguez works his way around a Brother Rice defender towards the goal. Rodriguez scored two goal in the MHSAA State Semis for the Rams. ~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory
Austin Hintz prepares to send the ball up the field. ~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory
~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory
The Rams claimed the MHSAA Regional on their way to the State Semi-finals. ~ Contributed Photo