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Hastings boys lacrosse team earns its third win of the season

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The Hastings boys lacrosse team has officially improved over last season. This week, Hastings added a 7-6 win over Farmington, earning its third win of the season. Hastings now has more wins than last season. The Raiders are 3-5 on the season.

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"Getting to three wins may not seem like much ... but the team has surpassed their win total from last year, and it's a sign of good things to come," coach Brian Jenson said. "We're getting better. We're keeping ourselves in a lot of games and we haven't been able to close them all out, but we're staying competitive."

In the game against the Tigers, Hastings took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. By halftime, though, the score was tied 4-4 as Farmington rallied.

Three of the Raiders' first-half goals were scored by Colin Shoen assisting to Sam McGree.

"Both of those guys had a great game," Jenson said. "Sam has been on fire lately and Colin is doing a great job seeing the field and distributing the ball. (Andrew) Cordell has been involved in those plays too, his stats just don't reflect his performance."

The teams exchanged leads in the second half, but down 6-5 with 4:30 left in the fourth, the Raiders scored two goals in 17 seconds to take the lead for good.

"This was a tough fought game," Jenson said. "The officials had a big impact, more than usual. I think everyone would agree that the officials made a lot of calls that aren't usually made. It really disrupted the flow of the game, but those calls were being made on both sides and that's one factor of the game that you can't control, so we told the guys you have to keep fighting through it and they did. It was great to pull off another close one like that and surpass our win total from last season."

McGree had four goals and Shoen had four assists, while Cordell, Michael Gegen and Dustin Ohlhauser each added a goal. McGree, Shoen, and Ryan Gillard each had 5 ground balls. Zach Chilson made 21 saves off 27 shots. Logan Chilson won 4 of 5 faceoffs.

Vs Mounds View

Hastings lost to Mounds View on Wednesday, May 8, 12-8.

The Mustangs led 6-0 after the first quarter.

From that point on, Hastings outscored Mounds View 8-6.

"We hung in there," Jenson said. "We were a little sloppy most of the game but we kept working. Going down by six that early, you can really lose focus and give up, but our guys didn't lay down and that was great to see."

Sam McGree led the attack with four goals, one assist and five ground balls. Colin Shoen added two goals, while Andrew Cordell and Brandon McCarthy had a goal apiece. Ryan Gillard, the team leader in ground balls, led the team with six. Zach Chilson had eight saves off 20 shots. Cordell won six of 15 faceoffs. Logan Chilson won four of seven.

Vs Park

Hastings lost to Park on Monday night in a close one, 12-11.

It was the team's fifth one-goal game of the season.

Hastings fell behind early, but put together a five-goal second quarter to tie the match at the half, 6-6.

Park took a 12-9 lead with just less than five minutes to play.

"That was a tough situation to get into," Jenson said. "Three goals in five minutes isn't impossible to come back from, but they were dominating the faceoffs and we haven't always done well taking the ball away at the end of the game."

Hastings rallied, scoring 20 seconds later to cut the lead to 12-10.

"That took a lot of pressure off to be able to get one back so quickly," Jenson said. "Then we got a man-up opportunity a couple minutes later and were able to capitalize there."

Hastings put together a late rally with under a minute to play, but couldn't get a goal in.

"We had a chance to tie it -- we got a decent look but weren't able to put it away," Jenson said. "It's a tough loss. It wasn't our hardest fought game, and now we have three one goal losses to conference opponents. But we are getting great experience playing in so many close games. We might play these guys again in playoffs so this loss will be great motivation."

McGree had five goals and one assist, Shoen had three goals and four assists, Cordell had three assists, Gegen had two goals and Logan Chilson had one goal. Ryan Gillard had six ground balls. Zach Chilson made 18 saves off 30 shots. McGree is now top 10 in the state in goals, while Chilson remains in the top 10 for save percentage.

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