GRAND RAPIDS, Mich -- The Forest Hills Central lacrosse team is in a familiar spot as the highest ranked division two team in the state. The Rangers are the number one seed in region seven which is made up of teams from the east side of the state, so a 5th consecutive regional championship will have to go through some unfamiliar opponents.
“Even with the connections we have to the east side of the state there is not a lot of guys that know too much about a lot of the teams in our region" 2nd year head coach Jake Seiler said. "So we are doing a lot of just focusing on ourselves and making sure we are the best Forest Hills Central team we can be.”
“We just take it one game at a time" junior midfielder Drew Bailey said. "We just make sure we do all our roles, do the right things, get everybody playing time and finish one game at a time.”
FHC's nemesis the past three years has been Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook which topped the Rangers by a single goal in the 2013 state championship game and eliminated them in overtime in the semifinals each of the past two seasons.
“The past three years, these seniors want a little bit of redemption almost" senior defense Andrew Clay said. "I think that’s a team that we want to see in the semifinals.”
FHC beat Crankbrook handily on April 23rd and at 4-13, Cranbrook might be a long shot to make it to the state semifinals anyways.
“It’s going to be a big toss up with that region if you look back to the season and their match ups but Cranbrook has a tendency to really bring it in late May and early June so I’m interested to see how coach Mat Wilson turns that team around" Seiler said.
The Rangers host Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central Wednesday at 6 p.m..