River Ridge did its part to promote both girls and boys lacrosse by hosting teams from Cherokee and Creekview in four games Saturday.
The Cherokee and River Ridge girls opened the day with a rematch of a preseason scrimmage. The Lady Knights squeaked out a 17-16 win in that scrimmage, but it was an entirely different story this time. The Lady Warriors dominated in the 15-5 victory.
River Ridge coach Ines Haas said Cherokee was better prepared the second time around.
“Although we lost by a larger-than-expected margin, we, overall, played well as a new varsity team where one-third of our girls have no lacrosse experience,” said Haas, whose team is now 1-2.
River Ridge made adjustments in the second half by moving Sierra Hass from midfield to defense, which did slow the Cherokee attack.
Mary Graham scored three goals for River Ridge, while Avery Blackmon and Rachel Prater scored once each.
After a break while the River Ridge boys played a game, the Lady Knights were back on the field to place Creekview.
It was another tough loss for River Ridge as Creekview — led by Emma Kirwin — dominated the entire game. The Lady Knights lost 13-9 despite four goals by Graham. Hass, Lilli Mansell, Blackmon and Prater also scored.
Haas said River Ridge is still developing.
“Our defensive line was much strong in our second game of the day against Creekview,” she said. “With a lot of new talent still developing fundamentals, I am proud of how the team played and can only look to the future for improvement, understanding of the game and working as a cohesive team.”
Haas said the school hopes to add a junior varsity program next year, which should increase participation and help in play development.
The River Ridge boys also played Cherokee and Creekview.
The Knights (2-6) opened against the Grizzlies, who came away with their first victory of the season. J.J. Vienneau scored six of River Ridge’s eight goals in a 15-8 loss.
River Ridge’s game with Cherokee was more competitive. The Warriors led 9-7 at the half, but the Knights surged in the second half to win 16-9.
Junior Adam Crivello, who plays goalie when he is not at midfield, led River Ridge with nine goals.
Coach Josh Poole said that Crivello, an all-around standout athlete, is quickly making his case for team MVP.
Poole also lauded senior Davis Mackenzie for his performance in goal, as well as the defensive play of sophomore Jacob Samuels.