Rocky River senior captain Erin Kehn, No. 6, and junior Maddie Russell combined for 11 goals in the regular season finale against Lake Catholic. (West Life photos by Ryan Kaczmarski)
By Ryan Kaczmarski
The Rocky River girls lacrosse team is already on its way to a possible berth in the state final four.
The Pirates recently capped off their regular season with a convincing 18-7 victory over Lake Catholic to finish with a record of 10-4-1, with the lone tie against Magnificat.
Rocky River made it to the Sweet 16 in the regional tournament without even playing a game. After their first-round bye, the second-round game that was scheduled for May 17 was forfeited by Andrews-Osbourne Academy because a large part of the team was comprised of foreign exchange students who went back to their homelands at the end of their school year.
While waiting for the first postseason game, Pirates head coach Lindsey Cooke had time to reflect on the regular season.
“It’s been a phenomenal season,” Cooke said. “We have a very, very strong senior class that we’re really going to miss next year.
“It was kind of a rebuilding year (this season), because we lost nine seniors from last year,” she added. “We have a wonderful group of girls who joined the team and learned a lot this year. It’s been a rebuilding year, but a fun year.”
According to Cooke, the Pirates have had a well-balanced team all season long.
“We’re very strong all the way through (the lineup),” she said. “We have a new goalie, who’s learned a lot. The defense is very strong and the midfield is probably the strongest part of our lineup. We have a great group of juniors and seniors running that part of the field.”
After last season’s success, Cooke wants this team to meet or exceed last year’s squad.
“We made it to the state tournament at Hawken High School last year, and we’re hopeful to make to Mason High School (Cincinnati) – where the 2012 state tournament is being held – this year.”
The Pirates played against Chagrin Falls High School yesterday for the chance to meet the winner of the game between Hawken and Olentangy high schools for the Division II regional title game tomorrow night.
“We’ve beaten both (Chagrin Falls and Hawken) in the regular season, so hopefully we can beat them again,” Cooke added.
Bay High School’s team defeated Beaumont 10-8 in the first round, before losing to Hawken 16-2.
In Division I play, Magnificat beat Mentor 4-2 to make the Sweet 16. The Blue Streaks played Monday night at Olenangy Liberty, with the winner playing tomorrow night, against the winner of the game between Medina and Shaker Heights, for the regional championship.