by Bob SAn
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Arianna Marciniak scored four goals and Madi Malone three to lead the Osseo-Park Center girls’ lacrosse team to a come-from-behind 13-11 win at arch rival Maple Grove April 28.
The Crimson had the upper hand early and led 7-6 at halftime, but OPC rallied in the second half and pulled away to victory.
“Maple Grove led by one after first half but second half has seem to be our stronger half as a team this year and the girls were able to pull ahead on Maple Grove and maintain that lead,” OPC coach Alison Jennings said. “The rain, cold and wind going on during our game weren’t the best circumstances but the girls played through it with no complaints. They all really showed heart during the game. As a team that was the best game they have played together so far and I hope we continue to improve with each and every game.”
Margot Coomes and Andie Carline each had two goals and an assist and Shaina Perro and Erica Edstrom each had one goal. OPC also had solid play in midfield and on defense.
“Erica Edstrom helped us with the draw and midfield and Hannah Foote and Emily Magner both had great games defensively for us,” Jennings said. “Sam Brecht has stepped up huge for our team this year. With regular goalie Maddy Kuras out until May 21 recovering from shoulder surgery and junior varsity goalie Alison Christianson out still with a concussion, Sam has stepped up for the team tremendously by jumping in the cage for us. She came up with big saves against Maple Grove.”
OPC added a 13-8 win over Elk River on Wednesday. Malone led the way with three goals and two assists, Marciniak and Tatum Manning tallied twice. Perro, Carline, Coomes, Edstrom, Foote and Ari Jones each scored once.
“We are 4-1 and we are hoping to keep that momentum going into the rest of our games,” Jennings said. “The girls have been working hard during practice which is starting to reflect on the field and their chemistry continues to grow with each game.”
“We are a young team — many of our girls played JV last year,” Maple Grove coach Morgan Kingstedt said. “We are learning how to play through a game with each other, keep communication up, and not get down on themselves. They love to play together and understand how plays should work and are now just getting comfortable executing them.”
The Crimson are led by Emily Naasz and Bailey Wendt on defense, Helena Nguyen and captains Mary Perron and Brittany Throndson on offense. Against OPC, Throndson scored three goals, Nguyen and Rachel Thielen each scored two and Paige Naasko, Claire McLean, Lauren Kaufman, Hailey Herdine and Grace Ford each netted one goal. Kingstedt is happy with the team’s progress and hard work.
“We are a competitive group and I think we will only get better as the season goes on,” she said. “We are seeing improvements each game. What ultimately matters is how we play in sections. We are just hoping warm, dry weather is around the corner. Having fun playing in cold down pour just isn’t sustainable.”
OPC next hosts Robbinsdale Cooper Thursday, May 8.
Maple Grove (3-2) next visits Coon Rapids Wednesday, May 7 and hosts St. Michael-Albertville Saturday, May 10.
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