~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory
HUDSONVILLE – Hartland didn’t know what hit them. It must have felt like the train that came rumbling past the field in the first half of the MHSAA Girls Lacrosse State Semifinal game, Wednesday, June 6. Before Hartland could even catch their collective breath, the Rams had a 3-0 lead, with just 28 seconds off the clock.
Brooklyn Neumen hit the back of Hartland’s net with just eight seconds off the clock after winning the face-off and racing down the field. Isabelle Holmes scored next with just 17 ticks off the clock, and Ram Margaret Hammer followed with a goal of her own with just 28 seconds of play off the clock. The Rams would score four more goals before Hartland could answer with one of their own – after almost five minutes of play the Rams held a 7-1 lead.
Rockford also showed how deep and talented their team is, with an 18-2 lead at the half, with nine Rams skillfully weaving and passing their way through the Hartland defense to find the back of the net. The Ram defense didn’t sit idly by, either, suffocating Hartland almost every time they got the ball.
The Rams continued their talented display in the second half – with MeKenzie Vander Molen freezing the Hartland goalie and scoring with an impressive behind the back shot that moved the score to 20-2. The Rams continued the offensive onslaught the entire game, with Hartland unable to stifle – or even slow down – the Rams’ offensive attack. The score at the final buzzer was 25-8, with the Rams earning the right to play for the state title Saturday.
Eleven Rams scored on the night, with Neumen tallying four to pace the Rams, with plenty of assists. Hammer, Katie Rodriguez, and MeKenzie Vander Molen recording three apiece. Chloe Dunham, Karrington Vander Molen, Sydney Zimmerman, Isabella Holmes, and Hannah Heeren each found the back of the net twice, while McKenna Rinehart and Natalie Schwartz rounded out the Rams’ scoring with one apiece.
The Rams will now face off against Brighton for the state championship, Saturday, June 9. The game is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Grand Ledge High School.
Tag(s): Lacrosse - Girls