Thrilling finishes highlight Michigan Road Trip

2019 Rockford

New Trier found a way to rally back twice in the closing minutes to tie the Michigan state champs Rockford 14-14 on Friday night. Then on Saturday, the Trevians were down 10-7 with 13 minutes left and rallied back again to win 11-10 over Forest Hills.

The Rams came out strong to go up 2-0, but the play of the year might have happened in the opening minutes, when goalie Kate Burnham chased down a ground ball, but when attempting to pass the ball, a Rockford attacker deflected the ball up in the air and right to a teammate in front of the goal. Burnham raced to the front of the cage and as the Rams attacker released a shot, Burnham dove and laid out full extension for an amazing save. Down early, Olivia Zaban fed to Annie Thompson to get the Trevs on the board. Rockford answered back, but New Trier scored three unanswered goals, two by Claudia Shevitz and one Lucy Murray, all on passes from Thompson, Izzi King or Murray to take a 4-3 lead with 11:07 left in the first half. Rockford regained the lead 5-4 but Olivia Zaban drove and drew a double team that hit Charley Meier to tie the game again. The defense played tough, forcing turnovers and pressuring the Rams, as Murray found Thompson on a crease roll for a goal at 8:10 and Shevitz nailed a free position shot to make it 7-5 Trevians. New Trier looked to be in control as Rockford got two yellow cards, but the Trevs were unable to take advantage of the man up advantage, and the Rams scored three goals in minute to take an 8-7 lead with 1:36 left in the half. After a big turnover by Claire Gottreich, the Trevs moved the ball down the field and Olivia Zaban broke away for a fast break and hit Murray who turned and ripped a shot to beat the goalie with 1 second left to tie the score 8-8.

In the second half, Rockford held the lead until Macy Zaban scored with 14:26 left to give the Trevs a 11-10 lead. But the Rams held the Trevs scoreless for almost twelve minutes and scored three unanswered goals to go up 13-11 with 3:38 left. Rockford won the draw, but the defensive pressure forced a  double team and errant pass and the Trevs took advantage when Murray scored off a pass from Oliva Zaban to tie the game with 2:13 left. Rockford then scored to take the lead with 29 seconds left, but New Trier responded when Amanda Nicholas won her ninth draw of the game and the Trevs raced down the field to set up their attack. Lucy Murray took the ball and rolled the crease, drawing the attention of the Rams defense, enabling Meier to make a backdoor cut behind the defenders for a beautiful feed and shot to tie the game with 11 seconds left.

Murray finished with four goals and two assists, Shevitz had four goals, Macy Zaban had a career high four points, including three goals. Olivia Zaban added two assists, Meier had two goals, Thompson had a goal and assist. Nicholas led the Trevs with nine of 14 draw controls and four ground balls. Gottreich led the defense with three caused turnovers. Burnham finished with 8 saves.

Against Forest Hills, New Trier came out a little sluggish on the road trip and found themselves down 6-4 in the first half when sophomore Ella Huber scored on a free position shot with 12:47 left in the half to cut the lead to one. However, the Trevs were held scoreless for almost ten minutes and fell behind 7-5 when Murray drove and was fouled and converted a free position shot. Forest Hills scored late to go up 8-5 at half.

In the second half, the defense stepped up, only giving up two goals, the last with 13:37 left. Down 10-7, Shevitz set a pick and Murray drove and popped the ball to a wide open Shevitz for a goal at 5:30. The defense forced turnovers and Madison Smith's interception sparked a goal by Meir at 2:59. With under two minutes to play, the defense got the ball back again and this time, Emma Merk slipped between two defenders for a beautiful feed from Shevitz to tie the game 10-10 with 1:46 left. Nicholas won her fifth draw of the game and the Trevs were in business as the offense swung the ball around the set up a 2v2 to goal and Macy Zaban drove and passed to Murray, who turned her back and did a stutter dodge and release a behind the back underhanded shot for the lead with 23 seconds left. The Trevs won the draw and ran the clock out for the win.

Gottreich again led the defense with four caused turnovers, including two interceptions. Mary Burke and Olivia Zaban each had three caused turnovers. Nicholas had four ground balls. The offense had balanced scoring with Shevitz, Meier, Murray and Macy Zaban all having two goals. Burnham had nine saves.