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Lacrosse season ends for Raider boys

The Hastings boys lacrosse team lost in the first round of the section tournament on Tuesday night to Bloomington Kennedy, ending their season.

The loss was a close one, with the Raiders going down 11-7 to the Eagles.

With the win, Kennedy advances to the second round against the section’s top team from Rosemount.

Vs Farmington

Hastings had another big comeback, but eventually lost to Farmington, 7-6, in double overtime.

The Raiders got off to a slow start, only scoring once in the first half. After being down 4-1 at halftime, Hastings came out firing in the third quarter scoring four goals to take a 5-4 lead.

“We made several adjustments and they paid off,” coach Brian Jenson said. “Our offense started clicking and our defense was solid.”

The Tigers scored the next two goals to take the lead back before Brandon McCarthy tied it up to force another overtime game for the Raiders. Both teams had several chances, but Farmington finally found the back of the net late in the second overtime.

Brian Willson had what Jenson called “an outstanding game,” saving 29 of 36 shots.

“He was definitely our MVP that night,” Jenson said. “He’s the reason we had a chance to win it in the end.”

McCarthy ended with three goals. Tucker Houska had one goal and one assist. Kirk Kranz and Blaine Wasvick added a goal each and Michael Gegen had one assist. Jack Wytaske had five ground balls and three takeaways while Jake Foster had four takeaways.

Vs Mounds View

Hastings lost its regular season finale, 16-5, to Mounds View. The Raiders struggled to match the Mustangs’ speed, but continued to play hard all game, Jenson said.

Freshman Tucker Houska scored a couple highlight goals on his way to a four-goal effort in his biggest game of the season.

“Tucker was incredible,” Jenson said. “He’s very young and all of our freshmen have had some struggles this year adjusting to the varsity level, but tonight showed the great talent and potential that Tucker and these other freshmen have.

RJ Martineau added a goal and Brian Willson finished with 17 saves.

Vs Roseville

Hastings lost to Roseville on May 15, 8-3.

“We had a really tough night all around,” Jenson said. “We couldn’t match their speed and it was tough to get things going our way. Brandon McCarthy was battling through an illness but still gave us two goals. Another bright side was their discipline in staying out of the penalty box, only committing three fouls all game.”

Nate Holm also scored for Hastings.

Jack Wytaske led the team with seven ground balls and Michael Gegen had five. Brian Willson had 17 saves.

Vs Stillwater

Hastings lost to Stillwater on May 16, 11-7.

“The Ponies are one team (we) have consistently struggled with over the years,” Jenson said. “This year was different, and that’s a testament to how good this year’s Hastings squad is. We are showing a lot of resolve and maturity, and showing that we are playing better as a whole than we have in the past.”

Both teams traded goals in the first half, leading to a 5-5 tie at halftime.

The Ponies got the lead out to three goals and Hastings couldn’t catch up.

“We continued playing hard all game and overcame some struggles,” Jenson said. “Overall it was a solid game for us.”

Nate Holm won 11 of 15 face-offs.

Brandon McCarthy led the team with two goals and six ground balls. Logan Chilson, Colin Shoen and Kirk Kranz each had one goal and one assist. Michael Sacchetti and Tucker Houska added one goal apiece, while Michael Gegen and Holm each had one assist.

Brian Willson had 13 saves.