The first Hastings High School varsity lacrosse game couldn't have gone any better. In their first game as a high school sport, Hastings beat arch-rival Park of Cottage Grove, 15-4.
It was Park's first varsity game, too.
Head coach Brian Jenson was the club team's head coach since 2000, and was thrilled to see the sport become a varsity one.
"It was huge," Jenson said. "A lot of these guys have been playing lacrosse since middle school. The goal was that by the time they got to high school, it would be a varsity sport.
"It was really special for me, too, to finally see us be at that point, being able to compete with everyone else in the state high school league."
Hastings dominated from the first faceoff, building a nice lead early and then adding to it down the stretch.
"It was nice to get that first win," Jenson said. "Like I told the guys after the game, it's just one game. The moment has passed. We've got 12 more to worry about."
Jenson said he was especially happy with how Hastings was able to move the ball, both on offense and while clearing the ball on defense.
"That's one thing that's held us back in the past -- trying to do too much with the ball," he said. "The guys are doing a really good job of knowing what do without the ball to get open.
"We also applied pressure really well whenever the other team got in close for a shot. We forced a lot of takeaways and bad shots on that end."
Sam McGree led the Hastings effort on offense. He had four goals and two assists. Colin Shoen had three goals and one assist. Shoen also had six ground balls.
Andrew Cordell had two goals and two assists. He won eight of 10 faceoffs for Hastings.
Isaiah McCullough had one goal and two assists to go along with four ground balls.
Jordan Burr had a goal and an assist.
Mikey Smith had two goals.
Nick Trumble and R.J. Martineau each had a goal.
Logan Chilson won four-of-four faceoff attempts.
Goalie Zach Chilson came up big, recording 12 saves to earn the win.
On defense, Ryan Gillard had five ground balls.
Casey Gillard had three takeaways.
Here is the varsity roster for Hastings:
01 Brian Willson
02 Brandon McCarthy
03 James Mohrhauser
04 Michael Gegen
05 Danny Anderson
06 Ryan Gillard
07 Zach Chilson
08 Nick Trumble
09 Sam McGree
10 Dustin Ohlhauser
11 Isaiah McCullough
12 Jordan Burr
13 Logan Shoen
14 Michael Sacchetti
15 Mikey Smith
16 Nick Baum
17 Andrew Cordell
18 Carter Nelson
19 RJ Martineau
20 Connor Stoker
21 Casey Gillard
22 Andrew Rivera
23 Colin Shoen
24 Scott Schlosser
25 Alex Boyer
26 Logan Chilson
27 John Kummer
28 Jacob Marshall
30 Tony Lodermeier