Crimson win boys’ lacrosse battle against OPC

by Bob SAn

SUN PRESS Newspapers

 

Jake Willson scored four goals to lead the Maple Grove boys’ lacrosse team to a 13-8 win over Osseo/Park Center on May 2.

OPC’s Boone Almquist also had a great game as he scored four goals and had two assists. Noah Fleming added two goals and Mason Hautala and Jeremy Nelson each had one goal for OPC but the Crimson won with more balance.

Jake Willson of Maple Grove (22) tries to elude the defense of OPC’s Derrick North. Willson scored four goals in the Crimson’s win. (Photo by Rich Moll - richmollphotography.com)

Jake Willson of Maple Grove (22) tries to elude the defense of OPC’s Derrick North. Willson scored four goals in the Crimson’s win. (Photo by Rich Moll – richmollphotography.com)

The win was the third in a row for the Crimson, who opened the season 0-3.

“We started a little slow as expected, losing our first three games,” Crimson coach Gig Willson said. “With that said, the goal differential for all three was a total of four goals. We finally got our first win against Minnetonka, a team we had previously never beaten in all our years. The weather has made it really difficult to practice well and forced many things to be rescheduled, which hasn’t made it easy to work on our development but all teams are in that same boat.”

Willson looks for his team to continue to improve.

Noah Fleming of OPC (5) scores against Maple Grove goalie Taylor Comstock. (Photo by Rich Moll - richmollphotography.com)

Noah Fleming of OPC (5) scores against Maple Grove goalie Taylor Comstock. (Photo by Rich Moll – richmollphotography.com)

“We are giving lots of guys chances to step up and claim their playing time, especially some of the ninth graders,” Willson said. “We’ve been pleased with how they’ve responded being somewhat thrown in the deep end of the pool.”

Another key for the rest of the season is to stay healthy, Willson said.

“Just as we’ve started to get some players back from pre-season injuries, we’ve also had a couple of rounds of flu/strep throat and rolled ankles so getting and staying healthy is our goal for the next week,” he said.

Maple Grove next hosts Coon Rapids Wednesday, May 7 and visits Breck Friday, May 9.

OPC, now 2-4, next hosts Champlin Park at Park Center Wednesday, May 7.

 

Contact Bob San at sunpressnews@ecm-inc.com

 

 

 

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