by Bob San
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
As they prepare to conclude a successful regular, Maple Grove girls’ lacrosse players are looking forward to a success run in the upcoming section tournament.
The Crimson ended last week with a 7-2 record and are 7-4 overall. Coach Morgan Kingstedt said her team has talented players but the keys to its success are great leadership and team chemistry.
“We are seeing excellent leadership by our captains this year from Michelle Lynch, Sam Rud, Liz Kurpiers, and Syd Whiteis,” Kingstedt said. “They know how to dig deep and keep fighting when games get tough. The camaraderie with this team is amazing. They care about each other and have fun together; something a coach can’t really develop as much as the girls can themselves. The girls have found that they do have the strength and focus to stay strong through an entire game. That’s where our great wins against Anoka, Centennial, and Coon Rapids have come from.”
Kingstedt said that in addition to the captains, other Crimson have stepped up.
“Midfielders Jessie VanKuelen (senior) and Helena Nguyen (junior) and goalie Maddie Salas (senior) have been huge contributors,” she said. “Senior Brittany Throndson has been a huge asset on attack with keeping focus and senior Sam Rud and junior Tiffany Miller have come out of the woodwork this year with supporting attack with great shots and assists.”
Section seedings will take place May 25. Whatever seed Maple Grove receives, Kingstedt is confident her team has a realistic chance of advancing to its first state tournament.
“With a newer section, we have a much better run for state than in the past,” she said. “I truly love this team; this year has been so much fun. We are looking forward to a different section and hopefully a state experience this year.”
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