June 1, 2023 at 1:49 p.m.
Wildcats hold on late, finish season undefeated
Fellow Lakes Area team Forest Lake nearly ruined the Chisago Lakes girls lacrosse team’s perfect season, but the Wildcats pulled ahead late and held on for an 8-7 win last week before crushing conference foe Big Lake in the season finale to finish the campaign 14-0 and be crowned Great West Metro Conference champions.
Chisago Lakes 17, Tartan/North St. Paul 5
Before the nailbiter against Forest Lake, the Wildcats made quick work of the Tartan/North St. Paul co-op on Tuesday, May 23.
The Titans were down by eight at halftime and despite taking their foot off the gas in the second half, the Wildcats still managed to cruise to a 17-5 win by not giving up many goals while playing stingy defense.
Skylar Wells led the way with five goals for Chisago Lakes. Katelyn Anderson, Evi Reedy, Kaianna Senne and Raeann Goehring all had a pair of goals, and Kamryn Peterson, Kaley Paehlke and Sydney Kerkow all chipped in a score. Naomi Eaton had three assists and Rowan Lyons had two for the ‘Cats.
Laura Carlson made 10 saves on 15 shots to pick up another win for her resume.
Chisago Lakes 8, Forest Lake 7
This was Chisago Lakes’ closest game of the year, and they were helped out immensely by Carlson’s play in net. She made 16 saves on 23 shots, keeping the Wildcats in the game throughout.
The game took place at Forest Lake’s new turf stadium on Wednesday, May 24.
On offense, Lauren Schmidt had two goals, and the rest of the scoring came form a variety of sources, including goals from Eaton, Kerkow, Wells, Peterson, Goehring and Paehlke.
Chisago Lakes 15, Big Lake 1
The close call against the Rangers served as a wake up call for Chisago Lakes, and unfortunately for the Big Lake Hornets, they bore the brunt of that in the ‘Cats season finale on Thursday, May 25.
Chisago Lakes scored early and often and Big Lake was never quite in the match up from the start as CL had a 9-0 lead at the break.
Wells stayed hot, scoring four goals to go along with an assist, Kerkow had two scored, and then Camryn Hinsch, Anderson, Reedy, Senne, Schmidt, Peterson, Goehring and Paehlke all found the back of the net for CL in the blowout win.
Despite their gaudy record, the ‘Cats drew the fourth seed in Section 7.
The Northwest Suburban Conference trio of Champlin Park, Andover and Centennial got the top three seeds, respectively. The Rebels were 12-2, the Huskies 10-3 and the Cougars 9-3, but the level of competition they faced was quite different than the level CL faced.
But, they’ll get a chance to prove they belong in that bracket fairly early. They have a first round bye and will play fifth-seeded Forest Lake in a quick rematch on Thursday, June 1. If they are able to get past the Rangers again, they’ll likely be facing the top-seeded Champlin Park Rebels on Tuesday, June 6.