5/30/2019 3:46:00 PM Wildcats grab fifth-seed in sections;
Andover up next after first round win
Chisago Lakes boys lacrosse played three games in four days with a win over Buffalo last week and then a loss to White Bear Lake and a win over Brainerd.
“This was another week where we saw the very different levels of play. White Bear Lake was probably the best team we’ve faced in two years in MSHSL play and Brainerd is in their second year with many new players to lacrosse,” Head Coach Mark Nordby said. “The WBL game was added to our schedule after the Grand Rapids game was cancelled on May 18 and could not be rescheduled. We wanted to play WBL knowing they are a top 10 team in the state and the 2015 state champions and we found out why that’s the case.” White Bear Lake 19, Chisago Lakes 3 The ‘Cats had a defensive strategy to try and shut down a couple of WBL’s high scorers but, they just had too many players that could dodge well, dish the ball or shoot hard shots from outside.
“They had tremendous movement in their offense and kept our defense constantly trying to adjust. But, even when I thought we were playing pretty solid defense on a player, they were still able to get shots off and score with just a little room to shoot from basically anywhere, inside or out,” Nordby said.
After a goal by Jackson Phillips from an assist by Colin Sorenson, the score was 2-1 with CL hanging with the Bears. WBL put up two more in the first quarter to make it 4-1. Chisago Lakes came out in the second quarter and got a nice goal by Karston Edson to close the gap to 4-2. From that point in the second quarter on, WBL dominated and Chisago just couldn’t get anything else working on offense or defense. At the end of the first half, WBL had a 9-2 lead and continued that into the third and fourth quarters.
“It was a game to show us we have a ways to go as a program,” Nordby said. “WBL’s level of play was impressive, and we will learn from and use it as motivation moving forward.” Chisago Lakes 18, Brainerd 4 This was senior night and Chisago Lakes’ last regular season home game so it was a nice spot to get a big win and put the WBL game behind them.
“As much as WBL was in control of the game the night before, we were in control of this game,” Nordby said. “We had multiple individuals score. By the end of the first quarter, it was 10-0 so we knew we needed to dial down the intensity and start working the ball around more.”
In the second half, Chisago Lakes had guys playing all over the field in positions they normally don’t. Even senior goalie Brooks Stangl got in the game late on offense.
“It was great see the team all rallying around Brooks, trying to get him the ball to score,” Nordby said with a chuckle.
Even though the game was a bit lopsided, the Brainerd coach was very complimentary of Chisago Lakes, and Nordby said he thanked them for “taking it easy” on them.
Stangl, Josh Wenthe, and Jack Tenge were honored at halftime along with their parents for the dedication they’ve shown to the lacrosse program through many years of club and two years of high school. Section Preview Chisago Lakes is the fifth seed out of 11 teams in section 7 which means they have a play-in game before moving on to the quarterfinals.
Centennial, Blaine, Duluth, and Andover got the first round bye. The ‘Cats played 12th seeded Coon Rapids at home on Tuesday, and got their first postseason win of the year, winning 11-3. For a full recap of the game, check out next week’s Chisago County Press.
That sends them on to play fourth-seeded Andover on Thursday, Mary 30 at 7 p.m.
“If we play solid team lacrosse for 48 minutes, we can match up with a lot of teams. We have played great lacrosse for stretches of games but also have not or have had some moved the ball well on offense and at times have had lapses on defense,” Nordby said. “It’ll be exciting trying to take the next step and go deeper into the playoffs. Last year we beat Spring Lake Park in the play in game and then were shut down by Blaine.”