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Lacrosse season begins with two losses for boys

When the Hastings boys lacrosse team took the field for its game on April 25 against Woodbury, it was just the second time all season that the Raiders were outside. The season was fours week old, but the poor weather this spring meant the team had to stay indoors for all but one day of that.

"We hadn't had an outdoor practice yet, so we knew going in that there would be an adjustment period," coach Brian Jenson said.

Hastings lost to the Royals, 13-4.

"We came out really strong, which we struggled to do last year, and only trailed 4-3 after the first quarter," Jenson said. "Our attack played really well together and were the bright spot on offense."

Seniors Sam McGree, Andrew Cordell and junior Colin Shoen combined for all four goals and three assists. Sophomore middie Michal Gegen added one assist.

"We also had an assist on each of our goals, which is hard to do in lacrosse," Jenson said. "So it says a lot that we're able to use our teammates so well to create scoring opportunities. Defensively, we struggled to get on the same page, and we allowed them to get a few easy goals. We were on defense too much throughout the game to keep it close. (Woodbury) did a great job using up the clock on every possession and we didn't get as many offensive looks as we wanted. I was very pleased with how well we moved the ball, and our man-up and man-down units were both solid.

Senior Zach Chilson and junior Brian Willson split time in goal. Chilson had eight saves off 13 shots, while Willson had three saves off 11 shots.

Vs East Ridge

Hastings lost to East Ridge on Monday, 6-5.

"We came out looking flat to start the game and that continued through most of the game," Jenson said. "After being down 3-1 after the first quarter, we had a great run to tie it at 4-4 by halftime. Both teams struggled to generate quality looks on offense in the second half until midway through the fourth. I thought our defense did a great job of settling down after the first quarter. Our guys quickly figured out the match-ups we should take and what slide packages to run, and we executed very well.

Zach Chilson played the entire game in goal and had 19 saves.

"Chilly stood on his head all game," Jenson said. "He made some great plays to keep us in it and unfortunately we weren't able to get him a win. Offensively, we wanted to take a little pressure off our attackmen by generating more offense through our midfield. We accomplished that, and three of our five goals were scored by middies (Gegen, junior Brandon McCarthy, and sophomore R.J. Martineau). Late in the game, we rushed the ball too much at times and failed to get quality shots. Overall, we just weren't as focused as we needed to be, and it started with warm-ups.

"Last year we didn't have any experience being in close games and I think it showed. You can simulate those situations in practice, but it doesn't completely translate when it's a game. It was a great experience for us so early in the season. I think we're definitely going to compete in a lot more games this year."

McGree again led the team with two goals and one assist. Senior defenseman Ryan Gillard also had one assist.