by Bob San
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
In Morgan Kingstedt’s first seven years as the Maple Grove girls’ lacrosse coach, she never had a team that had experience, depth and talent. She does this year.
The Crimson return many top starters from last year’s team that finished 8-7 overall and 4-5 in the conference. Add to that some talented newcomers and Kingstedt feels her team can be very competitive in the conference and section.
“I’m very optimistic and believe that anything can happen this season,” Kingstedt said. “With the new sections and alignments I feel that state is a realistic goal. We will take it a game at a time and just focus on the here and now, but I think we are going to have a very powerful season in terms of performance and the girls having a blast playing lacrosse together.”
Returning starters are seniors Michelle Lynch (center and attack), Ashley LaPoint (attack), Samantha Rud (attack), Liz Kurpiers, Sydney Whiteis, and Maddie Salas (all D, Salas is the goalie) and junior midfielders Brittany Throndson and Helena Nyugen.
Newcomers who will see action are D Emily Naasz, Maggie Cowan and Rikita Patel and attacker Mary Perron.
Kingstedt said the Crimson are strong in every aspect of the game.
“We have great chemistry this year and every girl has something to contribute to the game,” she said. “We will have a defense that is hard to penetrate, an attack with great fast shots and building in their assists, and midfielders that can really run. I’m proud of what we’ve all brought to the program this year and I’m looking forward to seeing it in a game soon.”
The Crimson are off to a 2-1 start, beating Cooper 14-2, losing to Elk River 11-12 and downing Osseo/Park Center 9-4. Kingstedt is looking forward to a very tight race for the conference title.
“I think it could go to almost any team in our conference,” she said. “We have a competitive conference.”
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