Park girls lacrosse: Wolfpack splits first two games of 2013
The Park girls lacrosse team started out the 2013 season splitting a pair of games.
Park opened the season last week with a 21-3 loss to Suburban East Conference foe Stillwater before rebounding with an 11-7 non-conference win over Rochester Mayo.
This year, Park is replacing 10 graduates from 2012 - including the top three goal scorers in school history and the team's starting goalie, who was a Ms. Lacrosse Goalie finalist.
In the loss to Stillwater last Wednesday at Park, juniors Emma Waller, Hayley Buth and Maddie Nelson scored one goal each to lead the way for the Wolfpack.
"Stillwater is easily a top-five team in the state; they returned all four of their all-state players," Park head coach Scott Leonard said. "I can see them competing with Blake and Eden Prairie for the state championship. Our inexperienced back two-third really showed versus their veteran group."
In the win over Mayo, sophomore Bailey Aasen put on a show, scoring four goals and notching two assists to help lift the Wolfpack to victory. In addition, Nelson had two goals and two assists, freshman forward Dani Perry scored three goals and Ashley Wagenman and Katelyn Kershaw each scored one goal.
Park was down 5-4 at the half, but outscored Rochester 7-2 in the second half and "dominated the time of possession," Leonard said. In the second half, sophomore Molly Haus took over in goal and saved 75 percent of the shots she faced to earn the win.
"We came out very slowly against Rochester Mayo," Leonard said. "We have a lot of new players who get nervous when they get the ball and often get rid of it too quickly turning it over. At halftime, we tried to convince the girls to be patient with the ball and do our best to possess it."
Park played SEC foe White Bear Lake on Monday and non-conference opponent Tartan on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to press. Next, Park is at Woodbury on Wednesday and Farmington on Thursday, before returning home on Monday, May 6, against East Ridge.