Lockdown defense leads to 14-2 win over Northville for boys varsity lacrosse

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After six straight blowout wins in the past couple of weeks, the boys varsity lacrosse team continued that trend against the Northville Mustangs on Saturday. While the boys were confident coming into this game, they knew not to underestimate a team with a good record and decent results throughout the season. From start to finish, the Rangers played a complete game and at no point let up on the Mustangs in the 14-2 win.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Rangers dominated. With the issue of forcing the ball in the middle too much being brought to the coaches’ attention lately, it has been a focus of the coaching staff to fix this. The Rangers improved upon this massively throughout the game, as they had great ball movement and spacing for the entirety of the competition. The usual goalscorers led the box score in this one, with seniors Tate Hallock and Luke Majick both scoring 4 goals apiece. Junior Jackson Clay had another influential game offensively with his 2 goals, and sophomore Brady Nolan had his most impactful game of the season with 2 goals himself.

With the stellar ball movement and decision making, this led to easy opportunities near the net.  Instead of forcing it like earlier in the season, when the chances weren’t there, the boys switched the point of attack to the other side in order to create more chances. Tate, Jackson, and Luke all created chances for their teammates along with scoring, as the three of them all had at least 2 assists, with the latter having 3.

Defensively, seniors Riley Murphy and Cam Deines shut down the Mustang attackers. Attack after attack, the FHC defense forced turnovers or bad situations for Northville. Cam caused 3 turnovers on the day, while Riley forced 4. Senior Jack Nolan also impressed in net, saving 8 shots throughout the game. Giving up so few goals against a solid team like Northville shows how well the defense played Saturday and is a testament to the boys’ performance.

With this win, the Rangers advance to 11-1 on the season. With another conference matchup in Rockford on the horizon, the boys will look to keep up their momentum in league play before another conference matchup with Forest Hills Northern later in the week.