by Dave Pedersen
Sun PRESS Newspapers
It did not take long for Delano to prove it is ready for the higher level of girls lacrosse play as a new member of the Minnesota State High School League program.
Moving from the club level, Delano edged Wayzata 16-15 Saturday to open the season a bit late, but successfully. Five Tigers scored at least two goals each.
“We were able to overcome injuries from the previous week to bring a healthy team to Wayzata Saturday,” said coach Katie Youngblut. “It feels great to have our first win in the books.”
Delano led most of the game, but got into foul trouble in the first half, helping to keep Wayzata in the game. Youngblut said goalie Courtney Durst had some great saves.
The offense was led by Kaylah Walstad and Claire Kozub with four goals each. Ashley Effertz had three goals and four assists, Aspen Hanson and Lexie Walstad both netted two goals and Aliya Hinz scored once. Both goalies faced 23 shots on net.
Delano returns most of our varsity players from the RAGE club team, including seven Minnesota Elite players.
The girls next play at home at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9.
Stillwater took advantage of having a sports dome to practice and play boys lacrosse games and it showed in a 13-7 victory over Delano Saturday.
It was Delano’s first ever game as part of the MSHSL and it was Stillwater’s third game this season because of the dome.
Aaron Wagner led with three goals, with Jack Nelson and Nick Pogue each scoring twice. Stillwater netter three quick goals late in what was a close game.
Coach Dan Willette reassured the team that players had every reason to hold their heads high, as “they played an exciting game against a good veteran high school team.”
The boys next play at home against Holy Family, 6 p.m. Friday, May 3 and at Breck Tuesday, May 7.
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