Riverview Rams @ St. Stephen’s Falcons

The Riverview Rams Varsity Boys traveled to Bradenton on Tuesday evening to face-off against the St. Stephen’s Falcons in a non-district matchup.  Going into the game, the Rams program had never lost to St. Stephen’s, going 6-0 since their first matchup in 2016. This matchup would provide further evidence of how high school lacrosse on the west coast of Florida is becoming more well-balanced across multiple teams.  The Rams jumped out to an early 5-2 lead in the first quarter, and a 7-5 lead by halftime.  In the third quarter, five goals by the Falcons, including 3 straight goals by Junior Justin Millican, the Falcons were able to take a 10-8 lead into the final quarter. In the 4th quarter, the Rams would retake the lead, with 5 goals.  Going into the final 2 minutes of the game, down by 2 goals, the Falcons got 2 quick goals by Joey Droge and Millican to tie the game, and force an overtime. In overtime, it was the Falcons’ Millican who found the back of the net with the game winner, his fifth goal of the game.

Riverview’s scoring was lead by Senior Kevin Southerland with 7 points (6G/1A). Solano Benitez played a solid game, going 15-for-22 at face-off, scoring 2 goals and snagging 11 groundballs. Benitez’s 11 groundballs tied Riverview’s single-game record, set by 2021 graduate, Tyler Horiuchi on March 6, 2020.  Will Leffler had 12 saves in goal for the Rams.

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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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Riverview Rams @ St. Stephen’s Falcons

The Riverview Rams Varsity Girls had an offensive showcase at St. Stephen’s tonight. The Rams came out strong with a 15-5, halftime lead and continued their barrage in the 2nd half with 8 more goals and a 23-9 victory. Rams scoring was led by Camille Johnson 5G/4A, 5GBs and 11 draw controls, Gabrielle Connelly 5G/1A and 6 draw controls, Brooke Whitmore 4G/1A, Hannah Boggs 4G, Riley Spingler 3G/5A.

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2019 District 17 Championship (GIRLS)- RIVERVIEW VS. ODA

For the first time in program history, the Riverview Rams Varsity Girls played in the District 17 Lacrosse Championship. The Out-of-Door Academy girls lacrosse team continued its offensive onslaught Thursday night with a 17-2 victory over the Rams at the Moore Athletic Complex on the campus of Saint Stephen’s.  Riverview got goals from Hannah Boggs on an assist from Eden Byholm and a free position shot from Alexis Whitmore.

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Creekside Knights vs Riverview Rams Girls Varsity (@ St. Stephen’s)

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Riverview Rams vs. St. Stephen’s Falcons

The Varsity Boys traveled to Bradenton Friday night to play the St. Stephen’s Falcons.  This will be the only time these two teams meet during the regular season, and the Rams pulled away very quickly; building up a 10-2 lead at the half, and a running clock in the 3rd quarter.  The entire Ram roster found significant playing time, with Peter Giannone leading all scorers with five points (1 goal, 4 assists). Spencer Brooks, Clark Flessner, Finn Johnson, Preston Piver, and Jake Lehrman contributed 2 goals, apiece.

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Riverview Rams vs. St. Stephen’s Falcons

There are certain times that try a team and test it’s boundaries, it’s ability to bounce back and remain resilient. Tonight was one of those times.

Do not look at the scoreboard. The Scoreboard is a Lie! It’s telling you that our Lady Rams lost 15 – 4 to a first place team. (Ok, the scoreboard isn’t technically lying…. we did in fact face off against a first place team and we did in fact lose.) That however is ALL the scoreboard is saying … it is NOT telling the whole story!

Fortunately, I saw things the scoreboard didn’t see. Therefore, I will make the effort to clear up the malfeasance of that dim lighted… low wattage…  hyper-critical …bulb glower!

Our #1 Rams played tonight against a tremendously well trained and experienced squad. Both teams walked into the game with a 3 – 0 record. Sure we left as the second place team, but we learned a lot in the process. What we learned will help us fight though the challenges of future games…. (If some of you didn’t notice we played a bit short handed tonight… and it may remain that way for a few more games.) 

Look what happened when our team was taken off guard… surprised by last minute changes to the starting line-up… and found the clock running against them early in the game. Down by 10 goals… Did they quit? NO!

Our girls don’t quit…. They worked on a few a glitches in their game and turned the second half into a reputable performance. It wasn’t about the scoreboard … it wasn’t about the clock… it was about players stepping up. It was about teammates supporting each other. It was about knowing that this team can stand strong against late surprises.

We will see the results in future games but the reality is it took us over 20 minutes to score a goal in the first half… Thank you Gabriella Connelly!!!  It took only 1:34 for Marisa Souchak to get it going in the second half…Congrats to Marisa!…Congrats to Marisa!…Congrats to Marisa! (She scored three times times tonight!) It’s worth mentioning that her first goal in the second half had something special to it… from where I was sitting it looked like she stole the ball directly from the goalie before flipping it to the whistle spot!

Moving on from tonight, we know the team will make the adjustments they need to in order to remain at the top of their game. In the end, I think we will see St. Stephen’s again… and when we do… they will be looking at a whole different team! GO RAMS!

Recap Contributor: C. Kulak

 

 

 

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@ St. Stephen’s

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@ St. Stephen’s

First Game of the Season… the Rams competed against a strong opposing team which gained advantage by winning Draws and capitalizing on Free Position Shots on Goal. Rams scored on Goals by Kate Zoltak, Zayda Fredericks, Veronica McCurdy, Caroline Fetty and Eden Byholm.

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@ St. Stephens

The Riverview Rams Varsity Boys opened their 2017 Season with a decisive 16-1 District win against the St. Stephen’s Falcons at the Falcon Field House Field in Bradenton. Nine (9) different Rams players contributed goals, with Senior Attackman Jesse Clark leading all scorers with five goals and two assists. Midfielder Lucas Oleksak also had a great night with a goal, an assist, two takeaways and three groundballs. Midfielder Rhys McRobb went 12-for-15 on face-offs.

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