Hastings lacrosse boys off to strong 5-1 start
The Hastings boys lacrosse team is off to a great start this season with a 5-1 record. Hastings has won four games in a row, including a 6-5 win on Monday over Cretin-Derham Hall.
“We came out a little flat,” coach Brian Jenson said. “There was a lot of intensity our last few games, but it died down a bit today. We’re going to have days where we aren’t playing our best, but we found a way to win. We’ve dealt with adversity every game so far, and we’re adjusting really well. That shows me a lot of character.”
Hastings and Cretin traded goals for much of the game. C-DH tied it 4-4 early in the fourth, but then Colin Shoen and Brandon McCarthy each had goals within a minute of each other and Hastings went up 6-4. Cretin scored a few minutes later, but Hastings was able to control the ball on offense and run out the clock.
McCarthy led Hastings with three goals. Logan Chilson had two goals, Shoen had one goal and one assist and Michael Sacchetti added one assist.
Brian Willson made 17 saves on 22 shots. Shoen also led the team with five ground balls while Sacchetti, Gage Muench, Jack Wytaske each had four.
Hastings beat Woodbury on Wednesday, April 30, 9-6.
“After bouncing back against Forest Lake, we were fired up to beat Woodbury for the first time,” Jenson said. “We started out real quick getting a 3-0 lead on goals by Michael Gegen, Logan Chilson and Michael Sacchetti.”
The Royals crept back and tied the game at 6-6 early in the fourth. One key to the Raiders’ success in slowing down the Woodbury offense was the play of LSM Jack Wytaske.
“We gave Jack the task of locking off their top guy,” Jenson said. “He was in his face the whole night, denying him the ball and making it tough for him to get clean shots. It definitely frustrated him and made a big difference in the end. Jason Schultz also helped add to that frustration as he took over for Wytaske during man-down situations. We know how dangerous he can be with the ball in his stick, so we wanted to limit his opportunities as much as possible, even when they had the man-advantage.”
Late goals by Brandon McCarthy and Tucker Houska sealed the victory for the Raiders for the first time against Woodbury. McCarthy, Houska and Carter Nelson each finished with two goals. Gegen and Chilson had an assist along with their goal, while Colin Shoen also had an assist.
Brian Willson had 14 saves, while defensemen Gage Muench and Anthony Buck each had three ground balls.
The boys had their first game at Todd Field on May 2 and beat Simley, 13-4.
“Our lead slowly built throughout the game as we continued to play well as a team,” Jenson said. “Nine different players got on the scoreboard with 13 goals and seven assists. What I love about this team is that everyone is contributing. We don’t have to rely on a couple guys to take over every game.”
Even though Colin Shoen was slowed by an arm injury early in the game, Hastings was still very successful on offense. Shoen still finished with two goals and two assists, as did Michael Sacchetti. Other contributors were: Logan Chilson (two goals and one assist), Brandon McCarthy (two goals) Tucker Houska (two goals), Michael Gegen (one goal and one assist), Carter Nelson (one goal), Dylan Helland (one goal) and Nick Holm (one assist). Brian Willson had 12 saves and freshman Colton Cassidy added one save.