Before the challenging Suburban East Conference starts for the Hastings boys lacrosse team, the Raiders were able to get in a non-conference game on April 16 that worked out just as planned.
“We were looking to come out strong in our first game and give our younger players some quality playing time before our conference schedule starts,” coach Brian Jenson said. “Since we have a young team and few practices to start the year, a win against the Polars would be a good start.”
That’s exactly what happened – Hastings won, 16-2.
Hastings got a goal just 43 seconds into the game and jumped out to a 4-0 lead before North was able to get on the scoreboard. Hastings led 12-2 by halftime.
“There was rain and snow throughout both the JV and Varsity games,” Jenson said. “Everyone was wet and cold, and it was tough to stay mentally focused, but we wanted to make sure to work on our systems and develop some early season chemistry. I’m pleased with what we saw, especially from the younger players. There was a lot of excitement and nerves. We looked good but we still saw things to work on.”
Senior captain Colin Shoen had three goals and two assists for Hastings. Junior Michael Gegen had three goals.
Brandon McCarthy, Logan Chilson and Michael Sacchetti each had two goals and one assist.
Dylan Helland, a freshman, scored his first varsity goal. Also scoring were Tyler Woyke, Nate Holm and Tucker Houska. Jack Wytaske had an assist.
McCarthy led the team with eight groundballs. Wytaske had seven and Blaine Wasvick had five.
Wasvick, a freshman playing in his first varsity match, won all seven of the faceoffs that he took. Chilson won four of five.
Senior goaltender Brian Willson made 11 saves on 13 shots.
Each team duplicated those numbers in the second quarter, giving the Raiders a comfortable 12-2 halftime lead. Face-offs and defense were a bright spot in the win as well as the offense. Hastings’ face-off units won 15 of 20 face-offs. Freshman Blaine Wasvick won all 7 face-offs in his Varsity debut, while junior captain Logan Chilson won 4 of 5. The defense applied solid pressure, creating turnovers and limiting the Polars to low percentage shots. Senior goaltender Brian Willson made 11 saves on 13 shots.
The junior varsity fared well, too, winning 8-3 behind four goals from senior Nick Holm and seven saves from freshman Colton Cassidy.