Tough defense helps Trevs takedown Michigan state champs

2018 Murray vs. Rockford

New Trier held one of the top offenses in the Midwest in check and forced several big turnovers that turned into goals for the Trevians in their 13-6 win over Rockford.

New Trier came out strong on defense, with Clare Mulhern knocking down a pass to the Rams first possession and then grabbing a ground ball after a check on the next possession, both takeaways resulting in goals. The first being a penalty shot by Claudia Shevitz, the second a fast break goal by Lucy Murray, assisted by Sophie King. The Trevs went up 3-0 when King rolled the crease, forcing a timeout by Rockford.

The Rams quickly answered back behind Brooklyn Neuman (North Carolina commit) and McKenzie VanderMolen (Ohio state commit) and made the game 3-1. Gaby Malnati knocked down a pass for another turnover and King again dodged two defenders and faked the goalie to bury another goal to make it 4-1 with 16:04 left in the half. Rockford made it 4-3 with 10:18 left with a goal by Karrington VanderMolen.

Elise McKenna forced a turnover and picked up the ball to lead to another goal as the Trevs answered back, when Murray drew a shooting space foul and buried her penalty shot in the corner to make it 5-3. But Mckenzie VanderMolen and Rockford answered back after winning the draw and drove past two defenders to make it 5-4. That's when the defense stepped up and in the last five minutes held the Rams scoreless. Murray dished to Courtney Kaskey on a beautiful cut and feed to make it 6-4 with 3:50 left and then Sabrina Rice makes a huge save on a free position shot by Neuman, and the offense took over as Shevitz feed inside to King who turned and beat the goalie to make it 7-4 with 1:38 left in the half.

The Trevs picked up where they left off to start the half when Mulhern forced another turnover and Shevitz scored on a penalty shot to make it 8-4. On the next possession, Charley Meier won the draw and this time King rolled the crease and drew a double team and dished to Murray coming around the crease to make it 9-4 at 19:49. The Rams didn't quit, and rallied back like they did against Hinsdale Central and Loyola this year to make it 9-6, but the defense shutout Rockford in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Murray led the attack with 5 goals and 2 assist. Shevitz and King each had 3 goals and 2 assists. Kaskey and Clare Gottreich also each had a goal. But the story of this game was the defense, led by Meier with 2 caused turnovers and 4 ground balls, McKenna with 4 ground balls and a caused turnover, Mulhern with 3 caused turnovers, Malnati with 2 caused turnovers and Lydia Kaup with 2 caused turnovers. Olivia Tragos and Sophie McGinnis also played solid on defense. Rice finished with five saves.

This was the first time New Trier has defeated the Rams, losing 14-12 last year and 10-8 in 2016. The first meeting between these school in 2014 resulted in a 8-8 tie.