PPG – Points Per Game Average
Riverview’s season comes to an End with 17-7 Loss to Cardinal Mooney in District Championship
Although the Ram’s defense had been holding their opponents to under 5 goals/game over their last seven games, the Cardinal Mooney offense was too much to contain, as they were able to get 27 shots on goal, putting 17 of those shots in the net for the 17-7 win. Although the outcome was not the result they desired, Riverview had a successful 2018 season, finishing with a 12-6 record.
As with the end of every high school season, we must now say goodbye to our eight Seniors, Reed Windom, Jared Green, Clark Flessner, Evan Goff, Rhys McRobb, Ronnie Saba, Connor Sinclair and Marshall Germond and wish them the best as they continue their journey.
All good rivalries require a solid foundation from which to grow. Tonight’s game vs. ODA definitely added to that foundation. Each year Out-Of-Door Academy continues to perform at it’s best when it counts the most. Congratulations to the Thunder and their coaches for their continued success.
As for the Rams, this season ender is nothing to cry about. Lacrosse is a fast growing sport and the Riverview Rams Women’s Lacrosse Program is a great demonstration of that. This team has come very far in a very short period of time. Players have grown with the game and the ladies on this team demonstrate continued effort to push forward and find success within themselves. In the end, there have been countless victories obtained, both as a team and on individual levels. These kind of victories, the score board cannot show.
Looking forward my wish, for all the women involved, is that they all can gain a sense of pride, looking back at the kind of victories that made it possible to believe that a team, only three years young, could have this kind of chance to be knocking on the door of a championship. These are the moments that make heroes. Standing tall knowing the accomplishments you have made and looking forward to how you can apply them to the future.
As the Rams continue to grow as a team, each woman participating today, players and coaches alike, can look back and say… I was a part of what made this team what it is. I was a part of something great. That makes me great… and I know exactly what to do with that greatness… because … I … am… a RAM!
For the second straight year, the Riverview Rams MLAX team faced the Out-of-Door Thunder in the District semi-final game. Last year, the two teams played a 2OT thriller at the Ram Bowl, where the Rams prevailed, 11-10. Tonight, the Rams found themselves trailing, 4-3 at the beginning of the 4th quarter, but they outscored the Thunder 5-2 in the 4th quarter to win the game, 8-6 and advance to the District Championship game on Thursday, April 19, where they will play the Cardinal Mooney Cougars. Rams scoring was lead by Clark Flessner (3 goals), Ethan Schwab (2 goals/1Assist) and Reed Windom (2 Goals). The defense was very, impressive, scouring 32 groundballs and 12 takeaways. Senior Jared Green had 5 takeaways and 2 groundballs and Reed Windom had 5 groundballs. Conor O’Neil had 14 saves for the Rams.
The District 17 Championship game will be at 7PM at Out-of-Door Academy.
In the final home game of the regular season, the Tampa Catholic Crusaders (8-7) came to the Ram Bowl for the first time and the Rams won big, 21-1. Prior to the 4th quarter Crusader goal, the Ram defense had held their opponents scoreless through four straight quarters! Top Scorers: Ethan Schwab 4G/3A/4GBs, Josh Clark (3G/2A), Reed Windom 4G, Evan Goff 2G/1A, Ronnie Saba 2G/1A/3GBs, and Saxton Dunlap 2G/2GBs. By the final horn, 13 different Rams contributed points and 18 different Rams scooped up a total of 29 goundballs.
The Berkeley Prep Buccaneers came to the Ram Bowl for the first time, and quickly took advantage of Riverview’s eleven first-half turnovers and took an early 5-2 lead. In the 2nd half, the Rams defense continued to lock down on the Buccaneers and the offense was able to find their groove, scoring 6 goals and securing the 8-6 win. Amazing performance by Rhys McRobb at faceoff, where he was able to win 16 out-of 17 faceoffs AND score a goal. Senior Evan Goff lead all scorers with 2 goals and 1 assist. Clark Flessner had 2 goals, as well. On defense, Senior Jared Green had 3 key takeaways and groundballs, and Junior Nate Hines had 2 takeaways and groundballs.
Today’s meetup with the Lakewood Ranch started with a bit of extra energy. The players from each team were having some pre-game fun while their coaches chatted about their respective up and coming programs. The Mustangs are in the position this year, of being a first year team and that is something very familiar to the Rams, who first fielded a varsity team just 3 short years ago. Looking at the current success that Coach Ashley McCleod has had with the Rams program, we know where the Mustangs are planning to be in a relatively short amount of time. The eyes of every Mustang, player, coach and parent alike… are filled with excitement simply to play hard and do well! That kind of excitement sparks fun… and the fun didn’t stop with just the players, coaches and the parents…. it seemed as though our Referees were enjoying a moment or two when the music kicked on. They may have even, (during a break in the action), called for a dance off with the Mustangs sideline… It was just a fun day from beginning to end.
The Mustangs scored 3 goals today and they were as thrilled to reach that accomplishment as the Rams were to field defensive players in offensive positions, allowing them to feel the thrill of a properly netted shot. All our seniors scored tonight… some even scored for the first time in their Varsity careers. Given that kind of excitement on the field we know why the Refs may or may not have been caught dancing. This was the kind of game you just want to watch… it wasn’t about the end result… it was about 2 teams having fun together and sharing positive energy that simply became contagious. Congratulations to the Mustangs! We look forward to watching you follow-up each year with continued success!
Now let’s get on with our own round of congratulations. Let’s start off with a look to the future… Eden Byholm found success for the Rams by the winning the Draw. It was obvious she felt comfortable in the center position, winning so many draws for the team that the statisticians almost had to ask for her removal from the game… as there just wasn’t enough room on the stat sheets for all those victories on the draw. With that much control it is easy to understand why the ball found its way being shuttled to goal so often… 20 times to be exact. Let’s start with high numbered Jersey’s: Zoltak, Byholm, Souchak, Birmingham, Kaighan, Connelly, McCurdy, Keegan, Goodwin, Brown and Green…. all lit up the lights tonight. Yes there are a couple of unexpected names on that list… Kaighan? Our Goalie? Yes Kaighan got her long awaited whistle blow for the goal… as did Sophie Goodwin… who is most widely regarded for breaking up the plays on the defensive end of the field…. and Melanie Green … without a doubt about the clock, made it happen with 3:04 left in the game… All this happened while we watched Kellianne Aaron protect our end from what could have been a stampede.
This Game was all about fun… and fun was ALL about the game.
We will move forward next week to play Out of Door Academy at the District Playoffs on Wednesday, April 18th in what will certainly be a grudge match… ODA has played well against the Rams this year and they are looking to repeat their knock off performance from last year.
Our girls remember that game well… It’s the game driving the question “Who do you think you are?”
I have an answer for them… “We ARE… The RAMS!
C. Kulak – Recap Contributor