|5/13/2022 12:19:00 PM|
Boys lacrosse team wins their home opener, moves to 5-0
Chisago Lakes 15, St. Cloud 8
The Wildcats played their first home game of the season taking on The St. Cloud Crush on Thursday, May 5, a team consisting of the St. Cloud schools of Tech, Apollo, and Cathedral.
Coach Mark Nordby indicated that St. Cloud was a very physical team last year and seemed to be a team on the rise.
The Wildcats wasted no time in scoring when senior Jake Willman took the ball from in back of the goal and swept up top from the right through two defenders. "It was great to see Jake really press hard. He's been favoring a sprained ankle so for him to just crush these two defenders was good news,” Nordby said.
The second goal looked impressive as the Cats got the ball to the "x," the position behind the goal, on a dodge and pass from Max Olson to attackman Willman, who then dodged to the right of the goal to draw a defender, and quickly passed to a wide open cutting Dylan Dasner who easily put the ball past the goalie.
Nordby commented, "It's what Coach Reedy stresses in practice everyday to the offense. That was a textbook goal of how to get the defenders to shift and find the open man."
Henry Reedy had a great night of scoring, finding the net six times but one goal stood out more than others. On the Wildcat's fourth goal of the evening, there was a huge scrum for the loose ball to the right of the goal. Four Wildcats and three Crush players were battling when the ball was picked up and shot toward the goal, the goaltender deflected the ball high into the air, and 6’4” Reedy jumped up, reached with one arm, got the ball in his stick, and shuffled it down into the net past a surprised Crush goalie. "Sometimes it's skill, sometimes it's luck, but that time it was a bit of each," laughed Nordby.
The ‘Cats kept up the scoring in the second quarter. Willman had a nice behind-the-back goal after a great feed from Kaden Melin. That's the creativity these players have and how much work they've put into passing, catching and shooting everyday in practice.
The final goal of the half came from face-off specialist Mason Mehsikomer who called his own number and took the face-off to the house. "Mason's been solid. He just keeps getting better and really trains to be the best,” Nordby said. Going into halftime, Chisago led 13-4.
The coach praised the team as the defense kept the Crush to just four goals in the first half and the offense seemed to be scoring at will. "That's probably the best half we've put together this season,” Nordby said. “The guys were playing great team ball.”
The second half told a different story. “We got a little too comfortable with our lead and let up a bit offensively. St. Cloud came out fired-up. Credit the Crush for making it interesting,” Nordby explained.
Both teams went into a total defensive mode with no scoring taking place in the third quarter which rarely happens in lacrosse. Nordby was impressed with some of the defensive stances the guys put up. "Logan West played an outstanding game. He's really finding his place on the defensive end of the field,” Nordby, who works a lot with the defenders, said. As the buzzer ended, the final score was 15-8.
The Wildcats are now 5-0 for the season with some tough matchups coming.
They did drop their first match up of the year in a close 11-10 barnburner with Duluth earlier this week just as the County Press was going to print. For a full recap, check out next week’s Chisago County Press.