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Lacrosse team picks up its first win of the season

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The Hastings boys lacrosse team picked up its first win of the season, beating Forest Lake last Wednesday in the snow, 9-8.

"It was snowing the entire game and the weather had a big impact on how the game was played," coach Brian Jenson said. "Snow covered the field before warm-ups and we had to shovel the lines on the field throughout the game to see where they were. We had to use yellow balls so we didn't lose them in the snow.

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"The score went back and forth all game, with the sloppy conditions making it tough for either team to pull away. Early in the fourth, Zach Chilson took a hit to the head making a play on the ball and had to leave the game with a neck injury. Zach has done such a wonderful job for us so far this year, especially this game, so it was tough to see him have to come out of the game."

Chilson had 16 saves on 21 shots.

Forest Lake was assessed a non-releasable penalty on the play, and the Raiders took advantage. Sam McGree assisted R.J. Martineau and Michael Gegen on the man-up to give Hastings a 9-5 lead.

Forest Lake, though, wasn't done. They scored three goals in a minute to make the score 9-8.

"They found momentum real quick and it was tough to react to," Jenson said. "Zach was out of the game, we got a big lead, and the cold, wet conditions were really setting in. Brian Willson stepped in goal for Zach and wasn't completely warmed up. They took a lot of bounce shots, and in those conditions, it's tough to make a good play on those shots. Guys were losing feeling in their hands and it was hard to make plays with their sticks. Both teams were struggling. I think the adrenaline and emotions of the game were the only things keeping them going.

"We could tell the guys were tired at the end, but we reminded them what was at stake and they were able to fight through the last five minutes. The Rangers possessed for most of the remainder of the game, but Willson and the defense held strong to hold on for the win."

McGree finished with two goals and four assists. Andrew Cordell and Colin

Shoen each had two goals and one assist. Logan Chilson had a goal and an

assist, while Martineau and Gegen each added a goal.

Ryan Gillard had seven ground balls, Logan Chilson had six and Shoen had five.

Hastings has a 2-3 record on the year.

Vs Cretin

Hastings lost to a very good Cretin-Derham Hall team, 8-7, this week.

The Raiders took a 3-0 lead, but Cretin came back and took the lead in the third. The game went back and forth from that point on, and Cretin held on to win.

"We couldn't get the looks we wanted to at the end of the game to stay in it," Jenson said. "We had a few chances, but we weren't clearing the ball well the second half and didn't give our offense many opportunities.

"I'm proud of the way we played. This is a good team, and last year we wouldn't have been able to hang with them. The guys are understanding what we're capable of and what it takes to finish out a game."

Stats looked like this: McGree had two goals and one assist; Colin Shoen had one goal and three assists; Cordell had one goal and one assist; Dustin Ohlhauser, Gegen and Martineau each had one goal; Brandon McCarthy had one assist; Chilson made 13 saves on 21 shots; McGree, McCarthy and Logan Chilson had four ground balls each.

Vs Simley

In a non-conference game on May 7 against Simley, Hastings won 11-8.

"We started really slow and did not play a good first half," Jenson said. "Everyone agreed that we were playing ... poorly ... and that we needed to go back to the way we played the night before. The second half was a different story."

After a 4-4 tie at halftime, the Raiders put up four unanswered goals to take an 8-4 lead into the fourth. Simley fought back, scoring three unanswered of their own to make it a one goal game midway through the fourth. This time, Hastings didn't let the lead slip away. Cordell scored two more goals, and Michael Barr added one of his own to help put the game away.

"We started out sloppy and we've got some key guys getting limited playing time due to injuries, so we've had to change our lineup and we're still getting used to that," Jenson said. "We haven't had the practice time needed to work on those adjustments so we've had to make them in the middle of the game.

McGree and Cordell led the attack. McGree finished with five goals and one assist while Cordell had four goals of his own. Dustin Ohlhauser and Brandon McCarthy had two assists each. Sophomore

Michael Sacchetti had a goal and an assist. Senior Michael Barr had a goal, and sophomores Logan Chilson and Michael Gegen each added an assist. Zach Chilson ended with 16 saves on 24 shots.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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