Delano Lacrosse teams were competitive in first MSHSL playoffs

by Dave Pedersen

Sun PRESS Newspapers

Both the Delano girls and boys lacrosse teams lost in the first round of the section playoffs, but learned they can compete with other Minnesota State High School League sanctioned teams.

 Aspen Hanson was one of the leading point scorers for Delano girls lacrosse this season. She attacks against St. Michael-Albertville in the section tournament. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)

Aspen Hanson was one of the leading point scorers for Delano girls lacrosse this season. She attacks against St. Michael-Albertville in the section tournament. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)

This was the first year where Delano lacrosse moved from the club to the high school level of play. Both earned the No. 5 section seed and both lost close games in the first round to No. 4 teams.

The Tiger girls finished the season at 5-5 after losing to St. Michael-Albertville 12-11 in a barn-burner. The boys lost to Anoka 13-8.

Girls coach Katie Youngblut knew the game would be wild after Delano lost a league game to STMA 16-13 a week earlier.

“We started the game with a quick four-point lead,” notes Youngblut. “STMA took a time out and caught up by half time. The rest of the game it was back and forth for points, but we had many fouls against us and it caused turnovers and free shots that really hurt us.”

Against STMA, Aspen Hanson scored five goals with three assists and Claire Kozub netted three goals with one assist. Other goals were by Ashley Effertz, Aliya Hinz, Julia Schansberg and Lexie Walstad.

Youngblut said the season was a growing one. Making matters worse was the poor weather and cancelled games. The coach is excited for next year since her team loses just one senior in Allison Sandlass.

Delano’s Ashley Effertz carries the lacrosse ball during the section tournament last week. The Tigers lost 12-11 to St. Michael-Albertville. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)

Delano’s Ashley Effertz carries the lacrosse ball during the section tournament last week. The Tigers lost 12-11 to St. Michael-Albertville. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)

At the team awards banquet, Kaylah Walstad was named most valuable players. Other awards went to Sam Gildemeister for defense, Kozub for most versatile, Gita Johnson for most improved, Sandlass for sportsmanship and Hanson as the top “sharpshooter.” Captians for next season are Effertz, Gildemeister and Kaylah Walstad.

Boys coach Dan Willette said the first season in the MSHSL was a challenging one to say the least.

“We expected to do better than 5-5 in the regular season this year, but at the same time I am proud to say we were very competitive in all our games but one,” notes the coach.

In the playoffs against Anoka, Delano trailed 7-1 after the first quarter, before closing the gap to 11-8 in the fourth quarter.

Jack Nelson was named second team All-Conference and team most valuable player as a junior captain and midfielder. Senior captain Austin Wallace was also named second team All-Conference as a defender.

Sophomore Aaron Wagner scored the most goals and junior Nick Walstad had the most assists. Jason Detweiler was a junior captain on defense.

 

Contact Dave Pedersen at sunpressnews@ecm-inc.com

 
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