by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Maple Grove lost to Wayzata 6-1 in the Section 8 boys’ lacrosse championship game June 4, but the inexperienced Crimson held their heads high knowing they had gone farther than any Maple Grove teams before them.
“Section runner-up is the farthest Maple Grove boys have ever gotten in playoffs,” Crimson coach Gig Willson said. “The boys came up with a motto early on called “Goal Line.” To them it simply meant going farther than ever before and not being stopped short. We were glad to celebrate that accomplishment.”
The Crimson battled hard but could not develop enough offense against a strong Trojan team.
“Defensively, we played well holding Wayzata to six total goals when they averaged over nine in the regular season and scored a combined 37 goals in their previous two section games,” Willson said. “Offensively, five out of six of our starters were ninth graders, which led to a few jitters to start the game. I was impressed by the way our offense kept developing throughout the game and never gave up. In the third and fourth quarters we started to play more even with them but by then had dug a pretty big hole to get ourselves out of.”
The Crimson finished 10-6 overall and Willson is excited about the future.
“Overall we were very pleased with the season despite the obvious disappointment of losing in the section final,” Willson said. “Despite losing a couple of key seniors this year, we look forward to a little more experience next year when the season rolls around.”
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