Highlight Reel: 2017 Lacrosse Finals

June 12, 2017

By John Johnson
MHSAA Communications Director

For the first time in the history of the MHSAA Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday, all four finalists for both girls and boys from the previous year returned to square off in championship game rematches, with two teams continuing their winning ways. 

Here are highlights from Saturday’s action from MHSAA.tv. (Click on the final score to watch the entire game.)

Girls Division 1

Rockford 17, Birmingham 7

Hammer Time - Maggie Hammer led Rockford's effort in the Division 1 Final with five goals, four in the first half, including this shot from a low angle.

Bright Spot For Birmingham - Meryl Feys had four goals to lead Birmingham in the Division 1 Final against Rockford, including this one off a first quarter restart.

Girls Division 2

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood 17, East Grand Rapids 16 (OT)

Pioneers Force Sudden Victory - East Grand Rapids forced the Division 2 Final into the first sudden victory championship game in MHSAA Girls Lacrosse history with about 90 seconds to play in overtime when Lindsay Duca put the ball out in front for Emily Roth to score.

End to End – Stuff to Score - The game-winning sequence for Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood against East Grand Rapids begins with junior goalie Brigitte Ballard coming up with a big save. The ball goes ahead to junior midfielder Angelina Wiater, who makes a 75-yard run downfield to wrap around the goal and score the Division 2 game winner.

Boys Division 1

Birmingham Brother Rice 8, Detroit Catholic Central 6

Shamrocks Storm Into The Lead - Detroit Catholic Central scored three straight goals to begin the second half in the Division 1 Final against Birmingham Brother Rice, including two by Brennan Kamish.

Mr. Big Shot Wins It For Rice - The only goal of the fourth quarter was the fourth goal of the game for Cameron Gould of Birmingham Brother Rice, who gave his Warriors the lead and another MHSAA Division 1 boys lacrosse title.

Boys Division 2

East Grand Rapids 11, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central 9

The Beast For East - Hub Hejna scored four times for East Grand Rapids in its 11-9 Division 2 Final win over Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central. He tallied two goals in the first quarter after the Rangers got out to a 2-0 lead, the second of those coming on this wrap with a minute to play.

What A Day For Clay - Bryce Clay had a five-goal day for Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central against East Grand Rapids in the Division 2 Final. He gave his team a 2-0 lead in the first quarter with this shot from midfield.

PHOTO: Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood celebrates its first girls lacrosse championship Saturday at Brighton High School. 

Title IX at 50: Ella Boose's Story

By Geoff Kimmerly
MHSAA.com senior editor

July 5, 2022

Brighton senior Ella Boose helped her girls lacrosse team to the cusp of a Division 1 championship as both a freshman and junior before finally getting to celebrate the ultimate MHSAA prize with her teammates this spring after leading the Bulldogs past Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern/Eastern in the Division 1 Final.

The senior attack tallied three goals and two assists in the championship game and was named to the Division 1 all-state first team after previously earning honorable mentions her other two varsity seasons (with 2020 canceled due to COVID-19), when Brighton finished Division 1 runner-up. Boose will continue to play at Grand Valley State University.

What the opportunity to compete as a female athlete means to Ella Boose:

“Honestly I don’t think people think about it as much just because it’s so normalized now, which I think is a great thing. I think that’s how it should be. But being a female athlete, it’s definitely very empowering and I’m really happy about the fact that we have equal rights now.
“Yes, for sure I think (younger girls) definitely look up to us. My next-door neighbor, she’s in third grade, and she actually just started playing this year. And that means a lot to me because I practice with her in the backyard sometimes, and it makes me really happy that I’ve inspired her to play lacrosse because she really loves it.”

Second Half's weekly Title IX Celebration posts are sponsored by Michigan Army National Guard.

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