By Rob LaPlante
Crow River News Sports
Set the moral victories aside. After dropping a pair of one-goal contests at home, the St. Michael-Albertville girls’ lacrosse team hit the road and came away with a perfect 3-0 week of play.
It started on May 2, with a convincing 14-6 win over Buffalo. It marked the first win as a varsity sport in program history. Junior’s Anne Marie Harald, Rachel Bourget and sophomore Shaye Maetzold stood out in the victory. Senior goalie Carly Walters made 16 saves to earn the win.
“As a result of winning ground balls, good defense and transition, we had a 10-2 lead at the half,” said head coach Jill Anderson.
Their momentum carried into a first-place showing over the weekend at the Grand Rapids Shootout. STMA defeated Grand Rapids 20-6 in the opening game last Saturday. They went on to knock off Monticello 19-14 in the title game.
Sophomore Amanda Dorholt led the charge, scoring four goals in a 20-goal outburst over the Thuderhawks. Senior captain Makenzie Bebo and Bourget each recorded three goals apiece and senior Halie Gudmonson, junior Nikki Barthel and Marie Harald each scored twice.
“We controlled a good portion of the game with our defense and winning the ground balls,” said Anderson, on holding its opponent to six goals for a second straight game.
The defense struggled a bit in the final game Saturday against Monticello. The Knights allowed a season high 14 goals, but combated their flaw with a relentless offense.
“We struggled to stop their shooters,” Anderson said. “But we made up for it offensively.”
Senior captain Anna Churchill scored four goals and Maetzold and Bourget each scored three times. Bebo and Gudmonson scored twice and five other Knights found the back of the net. Walters struggled in goal, but picked up her third win in a row leading the Knights (3-2) to its third straight win.
STMA was in action Tuesday night in a rematch with St. Cloud Area. Friday night at 6:30 p.m. the Knights are at Delano.
“Things are starting to click for the girls,” Anderson said. “Hopefully we continue the improvements in our game.”