After a regular season marked by inconsistent play, the Maple Grove boys’ lacrosse team is hoping to put things together for a deep run in the section tournament.
Maple Grove is seeded third in the Section 8 tournament. They opened section play against Elk River May 29. The winner advances to the semifinal May 31. The section final is Wednesday, June 5, at Park Center.
The Crimson are 9-4 overall and 6-3 in the Northwest Suburban Conference. Two of their three losses have been by one goal, including one game in double overtime. Crimson coach Gig Willson said his team has been inconsistent this season.
“The team is really young with only six seniors in the program, which I think is a big contributor to our inconsistency,” Willson said. “We’ve played really well against some top teams and also struggled against teams which I believe we have an advantage over on paper.”
One consistent aspect of the Maple Grove team is the scoring of senior attacker David Corazalla, who has emerged as one of the top, if not the top, goal scorer’s in the state. With two regular season games left to play, Corazalla has already tied his goals and assists totals from last year.
The Crimson are getting steady help on attack from juniors Joe Dohman and Jesse Bullinger, who both have over 10 goals each. The second leading point getter is didfielder Jake Willson, who along with Seniors Ben Schreifels and Pat Mordhorst, make up a strong first midfield line.
Maple Grove’s defense continues to improve. Juniors Matt Leonard and Jack Norman and sophomores Josh Favorite and Jonathan Horton have been able to win the time of possession game and put the ball back in the hands of the offense. Junior goalie Austin Gardner has been strong between the pipes, stopping over 80 shots this year.
“Our goal remains to improve each practice and each game so that come section playoffs we’ve come together to play great team lacrosse both offensively and defensively to make up for our youth and inexperience,” Willson said.