Raiders enter postseason play
The Hastings boys lacrosse team is quickly wrapping up its first season in school history. On Wednesday night, the Raiders played at Rosemount in the first round of the section tournament.
Hastings has the No. 14 seed in the tournament, and Rosemount is seeded No. 3. Results were not available at press time.
If the Raiders lost, their season is over. If they won, they will play again May 25 at either Burnsville or Rochester Century.
On Wednesday, May 9, Hastings lost at home to Roseville 12-5. The game was close through the first quarter, with Roseville getting a 4-3 lead. Roseville had the momentum throughout most of the second quarter, and piled on five more goals to take a 9-3 lead at half.
Sam McGree and Colin Shoen had two goals each, while Jordan Burr had one.
Ryan Gillard had "another great game, especially with our clears," according to coach Brian Jenson.
Gillard recorded a season-high nine ground balls. Seniors Nick Trumble and Alex Boyer added four ground balls each. Freshman Logan Chilson led the team in face-offs, winning six out of seven. Goaltender Zach Chilson finished with nine saves and two ground balls.
On Friday, May 11, Hastings played in a make-up game at Lakeville South and lost, 12-6.
Hastings had a strong first quarter. Senior Mikey Smith, in his second game as a starter, gave the Raiders an early 2-0 lead which they held on to through the end of the quarter. Hastings also took advantage of the Cougars not finding any rhythm early on.
"Getting those goals from Mikey was great," Jenson said. "You need big plays from unexpected places for the team to be successful. It takes pressure off your top players and makes it harder for the other team to defend. It also gave our guys a big boost right from the start. They were also a little sloppy with their passing and we were jumping on it and causing some turnovers. They weren't able to get comfortable with the ball and we wanted to keep that pressure on as long as possible."
The Cougars finally got some rhythm going in the second quarter, taking a 7-6 lead by halftime. The third quarter displayed some great defense from both teams, as each team was only able to add one more goal.
Mental errors ended up to be Hastings' downfall, as Lakeville South was able to get several fast breaks, and they were run to perfection.
"It didn't matter how many guys we had, or how well our slides or positioning was, their passes and shots were just perfect, and it took away all our momentum," Jenson said.
The Raiders tried to play catch up at the end, but Lakeville South made some great saves and won the game with a score of 12-6.
Andrew Cordell led the team with two goals and one assist, and he recorded six ground balls. Smith finished with two goals, while Burr and Nick Baum each added one. RJ Martineau had two assists, Shoen added one. Ryan Gillard once again recorded nine ground balls, while Boyer and Shoen had four each. Logan Chilson went six for 13 on face-offs. Zach Chilson ended with 13 saves.
On Monday, May 14, Hastings traveled to Stillwater and lost 17-5 in their last conference game of the season. The Raiders continued their strong starts, getting a quick 3-0 lead. Stillwater stayed patient, and proved that their depth and experience was too much to handle.
"It was great to see another great start," Jenson said. "It showed us the potential we have and gives us something to build on. We had several key players out or limited due to injury, and it definitely hurt us on defense and in transition. Not to have some of those guys in certain situations was hard, but it showed us first-hand the importance of everyone needing to know their job and its importance. It gave us a great example of how important all 10 players on the field are. It also gave us a chance to give a few JV players some quality playing time, and they played well. Their effort and positioning went a long way and showed the potential we have next year to add depth."
Cordell had two goals, while McGree, Shoen, and Logan Chilson each had one. Burr had two assists, with another coming from Smith. Shoen led the team with five ground balls. Zach Chilson had 13 saves, while Brian Willson recorded three.
The last game of the regular season ended with an 11-2 loss at Rochester John Marshall. Hastings started out flat and could not get anything going, Jenson said.
McGree and Cordell had the goals for the Raiders.
Gillard again recorded nine ground balls, Shoen had five, Smith and Nick Trumble had four each. Zach Chilson had 13 saves and seven goals against, while Willson had six saves and four goals against.
"I think the fatigue and emotion of everything we've experienced this season showed in our play," Jenson said. "For the most part, we weren't into the game and we couldn't get things to go our way."