League: Girls Varsity

Girls Varsity

2022 FHSAA 2A REGION 3 VARSITY GIRLS REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS – SICKLES VS. RIVERVIEW

As the #3 seed, the Riverview Rams (12-7) Varsity Girls played in their first Regional Playoff game in program history in the Ram Bowl against the #6 seed, Sickles Gryphons (16-4) in the Division 2A, Region 3 Quarterfinals. The teams were all tied up, 3-3, at halftime, and in the 2nd half, the Gryphons defense clamped down on the Rams, and went on to a 6-5 victory, and advance to the Region 3 semifinals to play the Newsome Wolves.

Riverview’s scoring was lead by Sophomore Susan Lowther with 3 goals.  Senior Clara Keyvani and Freshmen Caroline Steinwachs each had a goal.

Sickles scoring was lead by Junior Elana Hangen who had 3 goals and an assist, including the winning goal, with just 1:59 remaining in the game. Freshmen Alexa Desart contributed 2 goals for the Gryphons. Without question, the star of the game was Sickles Freshmen goalie, Emma Zimmerman, who only allowed 5 goals on 19 shots by the Rams.

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2022 2A DISTRICT 11 VARSITY GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP – MANATEE VS. RIVERVIEW

DISTRICT CHAMPIONS!

The Riverview Rams (12-6) Varsity Girls defeated the Manatee Hurricanes (10-4) in the Ram Bowl, 11-7, and earned their first District Championship. Coaching her 7th season for the Varsity Girls, Riverview’s head coach Ashley McLeod knew the 2022 team had the talent to compete for a District Championship, but it would come down to a group of young underclassmen working with the upperclassmen that know how much grit and determination is needed in the playoffs, to win their first District Championship. Well, the team did just that.

Going into the game, Riverview had already lost their previous matchup of the season to Manatee, 16-11, back on March 29th, in Bradenton. The Hurricanes’  Junior Penelope May scored 6 goals in that game, and the Rams would need to find a defensive solution to minimize her offensive skills. At the same time, Riverview’s Sophomore scoring leader, Susan Lowther, had 6 goals, as well in that game. It was undoubtable, Manatee would take the same approach and try to solve their “Lowther” problem. Another problem Riverview would need to learn from the previous loss was controlling possession at the draw. In their earlier loss, Riverview only controlled 53% of the draws at the circle, enabling Manatee to have a nearly equal amount of possessions. In the Championship game, it was a different story. With Lowther taking nearly every draw, the Rams controlled 80% of the possessions at the circle, a huge difference maker when teams are evenly matched.

Less than 7 minutes into the game, Manatee jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, and it appeared by the player celebrations on the sidelines, and the cheers from the Manatee fans in the stands, the Hurricanes were poised to post another win. That’s when Coach McLeod called a timeout to refocus the team, especially her defensive unit. And it worked, Riverview scored the next two goals, and by the end of the first half, with goals by 4-year, Varsity Senior, Clara Keyvani and freshmen Caroline Steinwachs, Riverview was up 5-4. Like their entire season, the success of the offense, would be contingent on the grit and determination of the defense. The passion from the fans in the Ram Bowl was at its highest level of the season, as well.

As a Sophomore, Lowther came into the game tied for the most career “Points” in school history. She already held the record for most goals, with 101, but it would be the other side of a “Point” that would help Riverview achieve their first District Championship, and that was the “Assist.” Manatee knew Riverview would try to take away their leading scorer, May, so the Hurricanes would do the same to Lowther. Double and triple-teams would be placed on Lowther whenever she touched the ball. But Lowther has been playing lacrosse since the third grade, when she started with the Sarasota Seahawks. If there is one thing every experienced competitor knows, if they are double and triple-teaming them, it means there is another teammate that is uncovered.  And that is exactly what Lowther did, she found an open Caroline Steinwachs on every one of Steinwachs 5 goals. Steinwachs only took six shots the entire game; she scored on five of them; all assisted by Lowther. That is the epitome of teamwork in action.

At the same, Riverview was able to establish a defensive scheme that minimized May from having the open shots she was able to get in the Hurricanes’ previous win, limiting her to only 2 goals in the Championship. Goals by Junior Emily Hazlett and Senior Chloe Jarman mid-way through the second half provided some extra breathing room for the Rams, and took the pressure off Lowther and Steinwachs. And finally, there is one person in the game of lacrosse the stands alone on an island, and that’s the goalie. Riverview’s Junior goalie, Mia Rey had a sensational night between the pipes, saving 12 crucial shots in the Rams win, reaching a career milestone of 311 saves. Congratulations to the 2022 Varsity Girls Lacrosse team on their first District Championship. Well done!

NOTABLES: Midfielder Caroline Steinwachs five goals extended her record for the most points (53) and goals (46) for a Freshmen in a single season for Riverview’s program.

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2022 2A DISTRICT 11 SEMI-FINALS – SARASOTA SAILORS VS. RIVERVIEW RAMS

2022 2A DISTRICT 11 SEMI-FINALS
SARASOTA SAILORS (4) VS. RIVERVIEW RAMS (1)

With the #1 MaxPreps PowerRanking for the District, the Riverview Rams Varsity Girls (11-6) hosted the Sarasota Sailors (5-11) in the Ram Bowl in the District 11 Semi-Finals.

Riverview jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first half, with sophomore Susan Lowther contributing to all five goals (4G/1A). With under a minute to go in the half, Sarasota picked up their first goal from freshmen Ava Kozicky. The Rams continued their barrage of scoring, picking up 10 more goals in the 2nd half, and the 15-3 victory. With the win, Riverview moves on to face the Manatee Hurricanes (10-3) in the District 11 Championship on Wednesday, April 13th, at 7PM in the Ram Bowl. Manatee defeated Lakewood Ranch (4-5), 16-2, in their Semi-Final game.

Mia Rey had 9 saves in goal (75%) for the Rams. Riverview’s scoring was lead by Lowther, who picked up a total of 11 points (9G/2A), which puts her in a tie with alumni Ronnie McCurdy for the most “Total Points – All-Time” for the Riverview Rams with 148. Lowther added to her record for “Total Goals – All-Time,” picking up her 101st goal.

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Gulf Coast Sharks vs. Riverview Rams

The Riverview Rams (10-6) Varsity Girls hosted the visiting Gulf Coast Sharks (8-4) from Naples, FL, in their last regular season game at the Ram Bowl on Monday night. The Rams jumped out to a 2-0 lead within the first 5 1/2 minutes of the game, but the Sharks came storming back with 4 unanswered goals within the next 2 minutes to take the lead, 4-2. The Rams responded to that barrage with 3 unanswered goals of their own to retake the lead, 5-4. But by the time the first half ended, the teams were tied, 8-8. At the start of the second half, the Sharks struck first with a goal by Kali Cleary (6 goals) to take the lead, but once again, the Rams answered with 4 straight goals, and a 12-9 lead. Holding a 3 goal lead with under 5 minutes remaining in regulation, it appeared the Rams had the Sharks against the wall, but Gulf Coast once again responded with 3 straight goals, one by Payton Davidson (3 goals, 1 assist) and 2 by Cleary. With the game tied at 12-12 when the final horn sounded for regulation, the game moved to a sudden-death overtime. In overtime, sophomore Susan Lowther (6 goals, 1 assist) drove to the goal and was fouled inside the critical scoring arc, setting up a free shot from the top hash with 1:49 remaining in the overtime. Like she has done all season, Lowther found the open space above Shark’s goalie Grace Price for the game winner.

The Rams improved their draw control, winning 17 of the 26 draws. Mia Rey had 7 critical saves.

RAMS RECORD WATCH: Sophomore Susan Lowther continues set scoring records for Riverview lacrosse, as her 6 goals in this game put her in a tie with Ram alumni, Ronnie McCurdy (2018) by tying her record for most “Career Goals,” with 92. Last week, Susan broke McCurdy’s “Single Season Goal Record” of 49 goals. Lowther now has 58 goals on the season. Lowther also holds the “Single Season Assist” record with 38 assists, previously held by McCurdy (31) in 2017.

Lowther’s go-ahead goal made Riverview’s “Highlight-of-the-Week.”

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Riverview Rams @ Manatee Hurricanes

In a game that would determine which team will sit atop the District 11 standings in Division 2 FHSAA lacrosse, the Riverview Rams (9-6) traveled to Bradenton to take on the Manatee Hurricanes (8-3) on Tuesday night and fell, 16-11. Sophomore midfielder Susan Lowther tried to keep the game close in the first half by scoring 4 of the Rams 5 goals, but the Rams did not have an answer for Manatee’s Grace Knowles (4 Goals) and Penelope May (6 Goals) who contributed to the 30 shots on Riverview’s goalie, Mia Rey.

Riverview’s Lowther finished the game with 6 goals, pushing her season goal total to 52, breaking the Riverview Rams “Total Goals in Season” record set by Ronnie McCurdy (Class of 2018) in 2017 (49). Congratulations, Susan!

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Riverview Rams @ Community School of Naples Seahawks

Playing their second game of the day in Naples, the Riverview Rams Varsity Girls (9-5) defeated the Community School of Naples Seahawks (4-9), 15-10 on Saturday in dramatic fashion. Shortly after losing 17-3 to Steinbrenner, it appeared the Rams would suffer another lopsided defeat when the Seahawks jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game.  However, 4 goals by freshmen Chloe Hackl and 3 goals by sophomore Susan Lowther trimmed the Seahawks lead to only 10-8 going into halftime.  Through a combination of better defense, great goalie play by Mia Rey (16 total saves) and balanced scoring, the Rams were able to retake the lead in the second half, and pull out the win. Six different Rams would find the back of the net in the second half, and the defense held the Seahawks to only 2 goals.

Riverview’s scoring was lead by Chloe Hackl with 5 points (5G), Susan Lowther 5 points (4G/1A) and Chloe Jarman 4 points (3G/1A).

The Community School of Naples scoring was lead by senior Brooke Vroman with 5 goals.

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Riverview Rams vs. Steinbrenner Warriors (@ CSN)

The Riverview Rams (8-5) Varsity Girls made the road trip to Naples to play in an afternoon double-header on Saturday, playing their first game against the #3 ranked team in Florida 2A, Steinbrenner Warriors (9-1).  This game was put out of reach quickly for the Rams when the Warriors scored the first 10 goals of the game, and a 10-2 halftime lead.  Within the first 5 minutes of the second half, Steinbrenner was back up by 10 goals invoking the running the clock and cruised to an easy 17-3 victory.  Riverview’s Caroline Steinwachs had 3 points (2G/1A) for the Rams.

Riverview goalie Mia Rey’s 13 saves prevented the final score from being even more lopsided.

Nine different Warriors contributed to the scoring for Steinbrenner.

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Canterbury Cougars vs. Riverview Rams

The Riverview Rams (8-4) Varsity Girls hosted the Canterbury Cougars (4-3) at the Ram Bowl for a non-district matchup on Tuesday afternoon. The Rams jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the first half with early hat-tricks from Caroline Steinwachs and Susan Lowther before the Cougars were able to get on the board with a goal from senior Lydia LaClair, who would finish the game with four of the Cougars six goals.  By halftime, the Rams would extend their lead to 15-4, with goals from six different players. With a comfortable lead and running clock, Riverview was able to play their substitutes and close the game out with a 21-6 victory.

Riverview’s Lowther finished the game with 7 points (6G/1A), Chloe Hackl picked up 6 points (5G/1A) and Steinwachs had 5 points (4G/1A). The most memorable goal of the game came with 11:19 remaining in the first half, when senior Chloe Hackl found a cutting Chloe Jarman who was able to slip her shot past Canterbury’s goalie, Caroline Lucas for the score. Jarman’s goal was the 1,000 “program goal” for the Riverview Rams.  Congratulations to Chloe and all the other Rams that contributed to this milestone.

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Riverview Rams @ St. Stephen’s Falcons

The Riverview Rams Varsity Girls (7-4) traveled to Bradenton on Tuesday evening to face the St. Stephen’s Falcons (8-1) in a non-district matchup.  The Falcons jumped out to an early 3-0 lead within the first 3 minutes of the game, and furthered their lead to 9-4 by the end of the first half.  The defenses for both teams slowed the game down in the second half, and the Falcons cruised to a 13-8 victory. St. Stephen’s had well-balanced scoring, with four different players scoring three, or more goals (Bella Rosa 4G, Sienna Cassella 3G, Haley Rosa 3G, and Ashling Marshall 3G).

Riverview’s scoring was lead by Caroline Steinwachs with 4 goals and Susan Lowther with 3 goals and 1 assist. Mia Rey had 16 saves in goal for the Rams.

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