Maple Grove boys’ lacrosse team ended its season in the section semifinal round May 31.
The Crimson were seeded third and trounced Elk River 11-1 in the first round before falling to second seeded Orono 10-7 in the semifinal. Coach Gig Willson feels his young squad had a good year and will be much improved next year.
“We another successful season in the books,” said Willson. “Not only was the section tough, but the conference definitely got stronger with both Blaine and Champlin being top teams in the state. Orono has some very skilled and athletic players. We ran neck and neck with them for a half, but couldn’t ever get on top in the final half.”
Willson knew it would be tough to get out of the section because of his team’s youth and lack of depth.
“We have many young players and not much Varsity experience and key roles were being fulfilled by eighth through 10th graders and some of our juniors were new to varsity,” Willson said. “So we looked at this as a key learning year. We installed a brand new offense and a new defense, which the players started to really grasp as the season progressed. Depth was an issue for us also.”
The Crimson will be a year older and stronger next season and Willson looks for improvement.
“Our depth will improve next year and really explode the year after that with lots of young players coming up through the program,” Willson said. “Graduating only six seniors (David Corazalla, Ben Schreifels, Pat Mordhorst, Nate Jones, Nate Uherka and John Dreher, this is definitely the most junior group of players we have coached in my tenure at Maple Grove.”