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HHS girls' lacrosse ends season with loss to Minnehaha Academy

Senior midfielder Alexa Harrington carries the ball down the field against Minnehaha Academy. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
Junior midfielder Chloe Larimer splits the Redhawk's defense during the Raiders' section playoff loss. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Junior goalie Megan Genung and eighth-grade defender Izzy Axelrod defend the goal as the Redhawks attack. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

The Hastings girls' lacrosse team ended its season with a loss to Minnehaha Academy in the first round of section 3 playoffs. The Raiders, the eighth seed, lost 7-5 on May 31 to the ninth-seeded Redhawks. Hastings finished its season with a 4-10 overall record.

The Raiders scored three goals in the first half. Senior defender Hannah Ringeisen scored two and senior midfielder Alexa Harrington scored the other. However, the Raiders trailed 6-3 at halftime.

In the second half, senior forward Carly Ries scored to make it 6-4, but Minnehaha responded five minutes later to make it 7-4. The Raiders were able to grab one more goal with 10 seconds left in the game but lost 7-5.

After beating the Redhawks earlier in the season, head coach Laurie Aaronson said that her team needed to be more mentally tough and might have underestimated Minnehaha.

"Minnehaha wanted it more," she explained. "I am always telling the players that what wins games is mental strength, skills are 20 percent and mental attitude is 80 percent. I also think we may have underestimated that they (Minnehaha) would get better. We seemed to peak too early in the season."

However, Aaronson also said she liked how her team fought to the end and how they developed as a team over the season.

"We did not give up and fought until the last seconds hoping to come back, and scored with 10 seconds left in the game," she said. "I think we bonded more as a team (this season) and trusted each other, we respected the coaching and saw ourselves as competitive in our conference and we brought in and developed a large number of underclass and middle school players which is great for the program, since we are still lacking a youth program in Hastings for the girls. Lastly I felt that we were able to play better as our nonconference schedule was more based on equal ability teams versus teams that are in our section or close geographically. It helps younger teams to build confidence and learn when they can play teams that have similar ability and anyone can win on any given night."

Hastings will graduate five seniors from the team this year: midfielders Alexa Harrington and Erika McDonald, forwards Carly Ries and Lindsey Fasbender, and defender Hannah Ringeisen.

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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