A decisive District win for the Rams against the Lakewood Ranch Mustangs. Success at the draw circle, 14-for-21, led to a 12-8 victory for Riverview. Both Susan Lowther and Riley Spingler had 4 goals, apiece. Alana Sotolongo’s 4 takeaways on defense were key to keeping the ball out of the Ram’s offensive zone. Mia Rey had 9 saves in goal.
The Rams opened their 2020 regular season with a non-conference, road game at Lakewood Ranch. The Mustangs opened the first quarter with a 4-1 lead, however the Rams reeled off 6 goals in the second quarter to take a 7-6 lead into halftime. The game remained close until the 4th quarter, when the Mustangs were able to pull away with 4 more goals and a 13-9 victory. This marks the first time the Mustangs have defeated the Rams in program history.
The Riverview Rams Varsity Boys opened their 2018 season on the road against the brand new lacrosse program at Lakewood Ranch High School. The Rams jumped out to an early 10-2 lead in the first half, and closed out the game in the 4th quarter with a running clock, 15-4. Fourteen different Rams contributed to the scoring, with Senior, Clark Flessner leading all players with 4 points (3 goals & 1 assist). The Rams controlled the faceoffs, with a 65% possession advantage using four different players. Junior midfielder, Jake Lehrman was a standout all over the field, with five groundballs, four-for-five on faceoffs and a goal.
The Mustangs, who are playing their first season as an FHSAA “Independent,” are led by head coach, Jason Morales.
Welcome to the 2018 Lacrosse Season! Lakewood Ranch Mustangs hosted Riverview Rams and let’s hear it for the spirit that the Mustangs showed through the entire duration of the game. From the opening handshakes to the final whistle, the Mustangs demonstrated what it means to host a home game with class. Good Luck Mustangs as you continue through the season!
Lady Rams continued this season right where they left off last year… it almost felt like the season continued without a moment of time off. There were a lot returning players on the field this year, some playing new positions and some maximizing on their previous experience. The new players to the team stepped right up to the challenge and the team grooved right into their first victory of the season.
The Lady Rams wasted very little time firing off what would become a repeat revolver of a starting pistol. Thirty seconds into the game, Ronni McCurdy unleashed a warning shot of things to come. Ultimately leading the team in goals scored on the day, McCurdy tallied 5 goals to go along with her 4 assists as she shared the spotlight with Lauren Brown who posted 3 goals in today’s victory! Also scoring were Eden Byholm with 2 goals and Melanie Green, Amy Dunn, Lily Dougherty, Riley Springer, Allison McHenry, Chloe Keegan, Marissa Souchak and (if you’ll allow me to pause and catch my breath)… last year’s Goalie, Halie Birmingham moved across the field to play attack and scored the final of 18 goals!
We are all aware that these goals do not come simply by winning the draw, but it certainly helps when Gabriella Connelly can pop the draw into her teammates possession as successfully as she did. Ground ball recovery also showed up in the numbers tonight. Riley Springler, Ronni McCurdy, Gabriella Connelly, Marisa Souchak and Eden Byholm each recovered three ground balls… that’s some serious time of possession on the clock! It’s no wonder the defense found some time to prepare for the Mustangs who routed continuously during the second half, showing spirit that the scoreboard did not reflect.
The Mustangs have spirit and they will be back to take another run at the Rams on April 9th. Until then the girls can move forward this week enjoying their encouraging performance during their opening game.
Friday night The Rams face off against The Out of Door Academy, a team who has proven to be relentless in their dominance of the game. Good Luck Lady Rams and Congratulations on your opening performance!
C. Kulak – Recap Contributor