|5/6/2022 11:01:00 AM|
Chisago Lakes blows out Becker and comes back against Magic
Chisago Lakes 21, Becker 4
The Chisago Lakes Boys Lacrosse Team easily took care of business at Becker High School on Wednesday , April 27 in a blowout victory.
The Bulldogs just could not match the fire power or depth of the Wildcats. “Our guys spread the scoring around as we had 15 different players score,” Head Coach Mark Nordby said. Getting their first ever varsity goals were Dylan Dassner, Will Dauffenbach, Ben Kerkow, and Judah Goehring. “It shows the depth we have but also the unselfish play of teammates,” Nordby added. “The guys just want to win and assisting a teammate is a great team goal.”
Another key to the victory was controlling the faceoffs and junior specialist, Mason Mehsikomer, found his groove against Becker going 20 wins of the 24 faceoffs. Controlling the ball at faceoffs can really dictate a game and it certainly helped to get Chisago Lakes points and kept the Bulldogs from scoring throughout the game.
Also coming up big for the ‘Cats was the defense. “Nathan Bluhm, Braedon Carr, and Logan West really worked well together to force Becker into bad shots and kept them off the scoreboard,” Nordby explained.
Chisago Lakes 12, Monticello 5
The Wildcats got off a bus after defeating Becker and just 18 hours later, got right back on a bus to face the Monticello Magic on a cold, windy night at Monticello Stadium on Thursday, April 28. “That was a quick turn around and we knew Monticello would be a tough team,” Nordby said. Monticello lived up to the billing and proved to be a very physical, high energy team. It was a reversal from the previous night and the ‘Cats got down early and couldn't quite match the intensity of Monticello early in the game.
After the first quarter, the Magic had the momentum and a 3-1 lead with Chisago's lone goal coming from senior Colten Bergquist. “The boys did a great job of staying focused and regrouping. I liked how the team responded to being down and just went to work on both ends of the field,” the coach said after the game.
The ‘Cats came out firing away to win the second quarter and took a 5-3 lead into halftime. Stellar defensive work and great goaltending by Brett Zaruba turned things around in the second quarter and kept the Magic scoreless. “It takes six defenders and the goalie in constant communication to get the ball back and into our offensive end,” Nordby explained. “Also, our two long stick middies, Cam Stangl and Ashton Pearson, are a duo that teams will have to contend with all season.”
Henry Reedy revved up his Chisago teammates by scoring his third goal and getting the Wildcats going in the third quarter. “Henry's been a force for us this year. He sees the field well and is at a different level,” Nordby said.
The Wildcats kept their composure as the Magic seemed to be losing theirs, racking up penalties as Nick Helland blasted a lefty goal on a man-up play. Nordby said the boys are working on not letting their emotions get out of hand or taking unnecessary penalties. The patience for the Wildcats and letting the scoring come was evident in a long possession. They finally scored off a Helland dodge from the left wing and finding the net putting the ‘Cats up 7-3.
The Magic put a couple more in but the scoring prowess of CL prevailed for a 12-5 victory.
Nordby praised his team's total effort. “The boys are starting to really gel during practices and games,” he said. “This is a fun group of players and they want to win for each other.”
The Wildcat boys have their first home game of the season Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. against St. Cloud. Nordby said they're a scrappy, physical team so this will be a great game to come out and watch.