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 12 VARSITY BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP – GULF COAST VS. RIVERVIEW

The Riverview Rams Varsity Boys (10-8) were defeated by the Gulf Coast Sharks (11-6) in the District 12 Championship, 8-5.

For the second straight year, the Rams hosted the Sharks for the FHSAA District 12 Championship game. In 2021, Riverview earned their second program title, defeating Gulf Coast, 11-7, but this year, it was Gulf Coast that earned the trophy. The game remained close for the first half, with Riverview tying the game with only 1:06 remaining on the clock on goal by Senior Ken Kaiser. In the third quarter, the Sharks scored the first three goals, extending a lead they would not relinquish, behind a defense that would only allow 2 goals the entire second half. Gulf Coast was 10-for-17 on faceoffs (58%).

Kaiser scored 3 goals for the Rams. Kevin Southerland scored a goal and added an assist. Will Leffler had a solid night in goal, stopping 11 of the 19 shots he faced.

Sam Shields, Thomas Lucia and Quinn Helper each had 2 goals, apiece, for Gulf Coast. Shaden Shields had 12 saves in goal for the Sharks.

The Rams will find out this weekend if their MaxPreps PowerRanking will provide them with an “at-large” bid for the FHSAA Regional tournament.

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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 12 SEMI-FINALS – FORT MYERS GREEN WAVE VS. RIVERVIEW RAMS

The Riverview Rams Varsity Boys (10-7) defeated the Ft. Myers Green Wave (6-6) in the District 12 Semi-Finals, 16-4, and will move on to play in the District 12 Championship.

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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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2022 2A DISTRICT 11 SEMI-FINALS – Lakewood Ranch Mustangs VS. Manatee Hurricanes

2022 2A DISTRICT 11 SEMI-FINALS
LAKEWOOD RANCH MUSTANGS (3) VS. MANATEE HURRICANES (2)

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East Lake Eagles vs. Riverview Rams

In their final home game of the 2022 regular season, the Riverview Rams (9-6) Varsity Boys hosted the East Lake Eagles (11-4) from Tarpon Springs, Florida on Tuesday night.  Battling a few injuries with their starting lineup, it took some time for the Rams to get their momentum going, as the Eagles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after goals by Maddox Morrow and Kyle Simoensen, but the Rams answered with 3 straight goals in the 2nd quarter, to tie the game before halftime. In the third quarter, trailing by a goal with less than a minute to play, the Rams rallied, when sophomore JC Fleming scored three straight goals, including a buzzer beater as freshman Logan Alexander found an open Fleming, who was able to find the back of the net as the horn went off. The Rams extended their lead in 4th quarter with back-to-back goals by senior Kevin Southerland, and another goal by Fleming, his fourth of the night. Final score, Riverview 12 – East Lake 7.

Riverview’s scoring was led by Fleming and Southerland, who each had 4 goals. Senior Justin Dorociak had a solid night at Attack, filling in for the injured Ken Kaiser in the 2nd half, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist. Junior Solano Benitez was nearly perfect at faceoffs, winning 10-out-of-12 at the circle. Junior Will Leffler had 9 saves in goal for the Rams.

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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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Jesuit Tigers vs. Riverview Rams

The Tampa Jesuit Tigers (9-1) came to the Ram Bowl with a 6-game win streak, and sitting atop the Division 1A, District 9 standings on Friday night to take on Riverview’s (8-6) Varsity Boys. Currently ranked #8 in Florida 1A, the Tigers jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead in the first half.  The Rams would trim the lead to 5-3 in the 3rd quarter after goals by seniors Kevin Southerland and Ken Kaiser, but the dominating face-off execution by Jesuit’s Scott Moore (13-for-15) by the Tigers, limited Riverview’s possessions, and Jesuit claimed the 9-5 victory, extending their winning streak to 7 games.

Sophomore JC Fleming and Kaiser finished the game with 2 goals, apiece for the Rams. Will Leffler had 9 saves in goal.

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Springboro Panthers (OH) vs. Riverview Rams

The Springboro Panthers (Ohio) are spending their Spring Break on the road, as they made their first trip to Sarasota, Florida to take on the Riverview Rams at the Ram Bowl, on Tuesday.  The Panthers jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead in the first quarter, and the Rams would trim the lead to 7-4 in the third quarter on a goal by Andrew Dirocco, but Springboro’s 5-goal, 4th quarter, sealed the victory for the Panthers, 12-4.

Riverview’s goals were scored by Seniors Ken Kaiser (2 Goals) and Dirocco (2 Goals).

Springboro High School is located in Springboro, Ohio, and has approximately 2,036 students.

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