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Raider boys' lacrosse splits last week's games

The Hastings boys' lacrosse team beat Northfield 18-10 on May 8 and then lost to Metro East Conference-leading Mahtomedi 18-8 on May 11. The Raiders are now 6-4 overall and 2-3 in the MEC.

Northfield

The game in Northfield was tied at one after the first quarter, but from there the Raiders blew the game open in the second and third. Hastings scored five goals in the second quarter and seven in the third to carry a 13-7 lead into the fourth. They then put the game on ice by keeping their foot on the gas and scoring another five goals in the fourth to win 18-10.

"We had a score to settle with them," head coach Brady Wasvick said. "They've taken two from us in the past three years and they've always been a good rivalry. They're a similar type of team, similar size and have been in the league about the same amount of years, always hard fought. To go in there, where on paper we were supposed to lose, it was one of the first games all year we've played four quarters. To take control of that game like we did and get all the guys we could into the game was huge. I was very happy with the offense and how they came alive."

Mahtomedi

Against Mahtomedi at home, the Raiders and Zephyrs both started slowly. Hastings trailed 2-0 at the end of the first quarter, but then Mahtomedi found its groove as the best team in the conference and went ahead 7-2 at halftime. Junior Jack Arvidson had both of the Raiders' only goals in the first half.

Hastings was able to get two more goals from juniors Erik Iverson and Nate Clemens in the third quarter but struggled to slow down the Zephyrs who were rolling at this point, resulting in the Raiders trailing 13-4 going into the fourth quarter.

However, at the start of the fourth quarter the Raiders came out with much more energy and fire than they seemed to have earlier in the game, which Wasvick attributed to his veteran leaders.

"I'm going to give all the credit to the captains on that one," Wasvick explained. "They just called their own huddle and lit a fire themselves. When you have two returning captains, have players who were captains in other sports, multiple-year starters, you're going to get that veteran leadership and that's a huge part of this team, so I give all the credit of that little run to them."

Hastings scored four straight goals (from Iverson, junior Noah Bzoskie and freshman Alex Foster) to start the fourth quarter and cut Mahtomedi's lead to 13-8. However, after that small run Mahtomedi shut the door with five straight goals of their own to make the final 18-8.

"It's been a thing for us, over the past six years I've been with this team, to get them to play four quarters of lacrosse," Wasvick said. "On paper we were supposed to lose to this team, and we were aware of that, but we played four quarters of lacrosse and that's why I'm super proud. We played hard, got everybody in the game, and they just worked, period, which is what I was happy with. They're (Mahtomedi) a polished team."

Bzoskie, Iverson and Arvidson each had two goals for the Raiders. They played TrIMAC on Monday, May 15, traveled to St. Thomas Academy on Wednesday, May 17, and are at Park on Friday, May 19.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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