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Hastings boys lacrosse team takes down Forest Lake, 13-8

The Hastings boys lacrosse team scored a nice 13-8 win over Forest Lake last Wednesday.

The two teams traded goals early on, but Hastings built a 9-4 lead by halftime and then pulled away.

Colin Shoen led the Raiders with four goals, two assists and four groundballs. Brandon McCarthy had four goals and one assist, and Tucker Houska had three goals and four groundballs.

“Forest Lake was quick with the ball and constantly applied pressure defending the ball, which was good for us to experience,” coach Brian Jenson said. “We were a lot more confident with the ball this time around, and it paid off, especially on man-up. There were a lot of penalties called, so both teams had the opportunity to put points on the board.”

Brian Willson finished with 11 saves. Carter Nelson added two goals, Logan Chilson had one assist and Michael Sacchetti added four groundballs.

“I think that game was a great experience for us,” Jenson said. “They had a tough face-off guy, they pressured the ball, we had lots of time on man-up and man-down. This will help us down the road this year.”

Vs East Ridge

Hastings lost to East Ridge, 10-1, on April 21.

Brandon McCarthy had the only goal. Colin Shoen led the team with eight groundballs, while Gage Muench and Tucker Houska each had five. Brian Willson had 14 saves.

“We came out flat to start the game,” Jenson said. “East Ridge is a very good team this year. I think they will contend for the conference title. They pressured hard and moved the ball quick and we weren’t ready. It took us a while to get comfortable.”

East Ridge took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and that remained the score at halftime. The Raptors scored three more in the third, and each team had a goal in the fourth.

“Our defense really settled down after the first,” Jenson said. “Our transition was better and we started to get some good shots on goal, but their goalie was on fire. We couldn’t get anything by him.

“I told the guys later that hopefully that is our one and only wake-up call this year.”