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.