by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Following their overtime victory against Blaine, the Osseo/Park Center boys’ lacrosse team is 4-3 in the conference and in fifth place. But OPC leads the conference in one category — scoring. In 12 games so far, OPC has scored 124 goals, the most of any teams in the league.
“We started the season 0-3, but our offense has really taken off since then,” OPC coach Darren Nelson said. “Right now, we are the highest scoring team in the NWSC in conference games.”
OPC lost to Apple Valley 9-5, fell to Totino-Grace 10-5 and to Andover 18-5. Since then, they have gone 6-2. They beat Elk River 21-11, lost to Maple Grove 13-8, beat Hill-Murray 18-6, routed Coon Rapids 18-5, fell to Champlin Park 14-8, downed Centennial 14-8, edged Blaine in overtime 8-7 and tipped Breck 14-12.
“We have been inconsistent at times, but overall have gotten much better than the beginning of the season,” Nelson said. “Our defense has played really at times and our sophomore goalie Taylor Comstock continues to get better each game. Senior defense Nick Brecht, Jerald Joseph, Isaac Lessard and Zach Wiome have also played well.”
OPC’s scoring leaders (stats are after the Blaine win) are: sophomore Boone Almquist (24 goals, 25 assists), sophomore Noah Fleming (29 goals, seven assists), junior Mason Hautala (15 goals, 16 assists), senior Jeremy Nelson (21 goals, six assists), senior Derrick North five goals, seven assists), and junior Braedon Geraghty (10 goals, one assist).
“We are hoping to fair well enough in our final games to get ourselves a top three seed in Section 5,” Nelson said. “It will take a total team effort do so.”
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