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Girls Lacrosse: Raiders win first game of the season in home opener

Freshman Emma Gelhar takes a shot after a penalty when she was tripped running downfield. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
Sophomore Taylor Larson weaves her way through the Century defense. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
The team celebrates their first win of the season over the Rochester Century Panthers. Photo courtesy of Corwyn Berg3 / 3

The Hastings Raiders girls' lacrosse team finally broke through for their first win of the season Tuesday night in a game that also served as the Raiders' home-opener. Hastings beat the Rochester Century Panthers, 11-9, in a back-and-forth game that saw plenty of lead changes.

Junior Libby Judge scored the first goal of the night as she picked the ball up at midfield and went all the way on her own for the score. Less than three minutes later freshman Macy Krahenbuhl scored, assisted by sophomore Taylor Larson, to give Hastings a 2-0 lead. Century got on the board just a couple minutes later, but Judge scored her second goal of the night to answer, assisted by senior Chloe Larimer. However, it was a less than ideal end to the first half when the Panthers scored four-straight unanswered goals over the span of six minutes to lead 5-3 at halftime.

The Raiders stormed back in the second half with three goals from Larimer (two unassisted and one with help from freshman Afton Hale) and a goal apiece from fellow freshman Jaida Hanson, senior Lindsey Fasbender (assisted by freshman Mackenzie Illiff) and Larson. The game was tied 9-9 with just a couple minutes left in regulation when Judge scored the go-ahead goal (her third) and then junior Taylor Hofmeister sealed the 11-9 win for Hastings.

"Everyone played hard to the last minute and never gave up," co-head coach Corwyn Berg said. "They proved they wanted the win and earned it."

Larimer and Judge both had three goals for Hastings while junior goalie Emily Meyer had nine saves.

Thursday night, the Raiders carried the momentum from Tuesday night into their game against North St. Paul and won, 10-6, at home for their second victory of the season. Hastings played Tartan Monday night, May 14, but results were not available before deadline. They host Hill-Murray on Wednesday, May 16.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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