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June 26, 2019

5/23/2019 4:05:00 PM
Boys lacrosse team fighting for every win they can get

Chisago Lakes 8, Forest Lake 6
“We needed this win to get our team headed in the right direction again.  We had several close games and that starts to wear a team down so to go to Forest Lake and secure the win was good,” Head Coach Mark Nordby started with.  

Carson Erickson was able to win 77 person of the face-offs against a couple of players that he has battled many times.   Nordby said that many of the CL players know the Forest Lake team well and have played with some of them so it was a competitive but respectful battle.  

In the first quarter, the Wildcats were flying around on he offensive end and the defense held Forest Lake to zero points in the first quarter.   At 11:06 into the first quarter, Max Wilmer put in a lefty shot after an assist from Jackson Phillips.  Just 27 seconds later Erickson drilled one on a feed from Wilmer to tie it up.  With 1:37 left in the first quarter, Karston Edson fired one in to make it 3-0 and finally, Jackson Nelson on a feed from Aaron Marx made it 4-0 after the first quarter.  Forest Lake was able to get a couple goals in the second quarter, but Jackson Phillips added a goal for the Wildcats to make it 5-2 going into halftime.  
“Lacrosse is a game of momentum swings so a 5-2 lead really means little,” Nordby explained. “I told the team we need to keep possessing the ball and scoring when the opportunity is there.”

Wilmer and Phillips each added a goal in the third with Forest Lake scoring another to make it 7-3.  Forest Lake rattled off three goals in the fourth quarter to CL’s one goal by Erickson, making the final score 8-6.  

“We let them back in to the game and just need to remember how to keep a lead late in the game by keeping the ball in our offensive end and not letting them score,” Nordby said. “We tightened up a bit but fortunately, had the goals in our favor.”

Chisago Lakes 6  Duluth 10
Despite the score, CL played some of their best lacrosse late in this game.  

“It was great to see the team rally back and really had Duluth going,” Nordby said. “Duluth is a solid team and has played some pretty tough teams.  If we would have come out a bit stronger in the beginning of the game and not get down 4-0, it could have been a special night.  The guys never quit though and really stepped up the play down the stretch.”

 Aaron Marx got CL on the board in the first quarter to make it 4-1.  The ‘Cats came out strong in the second quarter and got a couple back with goals by Wilmer and Erickson, but Duluth responded quickly to erase those three goals and made it 7-3.  “We had them but started making errors of throwing the ball away or not utilizing teammates as well,” Nordby lamented. “It was a bit deflating after coming back on them only to be down by four again at the half.”

Right off the second half face off, Chisago Lakes got possession, got the ball to the left side of the goal, and had a hard shot that hit the pipe. Sometimes it's a game of inches.  The ‘Cats tried a bit different defense in the second half.  “Their #50 had scored three points in the first half so we put our best defender, Gabe Nordby, on him for the second half and Gabe did a nice job of shutting him out the rest of the way,” Nordby said.

In the third quarter, Owen Christensen got a goal and a couple more by Duluth made it 9-4 at the end of the third.  We outscore them in the fourth with goals by Colin Sorensen and Jake Willman.  

“Colin had a great behind the back goal as he swept across right side of the goal.  The guys on the sideline went bezerk,” Nordby said. “I felt our most intense and best ball came in the fourth quarter.  We shut Duluth down to just one goal and had many chances to score.  It was great to see the guys battling hard until the final horn and knowing we can hang right with one of the better teams in the section.   Take away our slow start and it's a different game,” Nordby said.

Chisago Lakes 7, Buffalo 5
Chisago Lakes and Buffalo have traded wins and losses with some of the same teams so it was going to be intense from the start.  

CL had a defensive strategy to put senior defenseman Josh Wenthe on their best scorer and junior defenseman Gabe Nordby on their number two scorer and best assist man.  

The pair did their jobs, which really shut these two speedy attackman down but the awesome part was, the other defenders, Tommy Sargent, Braedon Carr, long stick middie, Kai Kerkow and goalie Brooks Stangl had to be ready to really play great one on one defense.  

“Buffalo had been putting up double digit scores in most of their games so to limit them to five was stellar by our defense and middies playing defense,” Nordby said after the game.

Buffalo scored three in the first quarter to CL’s one by Austin Siefert on an assist by Jackson Nelson.  But, Chisago Lakes came out pretty tight and just couldn't seem to keep the ball in their stick.  Nordby thought they looked tentative with the ball.  

Siefert and Karston Edson both scored in the second quarter off of assists by Jackson Phillips.  Buffalo finished up at halftime 4-3.  

“At halftime we talked about settling down, finding the open player and not forcing passes inside if the player wasn't open,” Nordby explained. “It seemed we came out of halftime still trying to do too much and just needed to move the ball quicker, get the defense rotating, find the open man and net.”  

Max Wilmer had a nice lefty shot to put us at 4-5 after the Bison scored another goal.  But, the fourth quarter belonged to the Wildcats, getting three goals by Aaron Marx, Jackson Nelson and Carson Erickson making it 7-5.  The defense shut the Bison down in the fourth quarter and a lot of that is due to the offense possessing the ball better and not giving Buffalo a chance to score.  

“Lacrosse is a game of streaks and we just need to get more of the streaks going our way and play smart ball.  We have all the skills we need to win more games, we just need to now put it into practice,” Nordby said. “It's been a slow process but at times, we're playing some really good ball.  We just need to clean up some of our play and be more consistent and the wins will be there just in time for playoffs.  For us, it's about peaking at the right time and we're starting to see good things happen.”

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