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Park boys lacrosse: Pair of non-conference wins has Wolfpack off to a 2-0 start

The Park boys lacrosse team celebrates a goal in a 14-7 win over Holy Family on Wednesday, April 16. (Bulletin photo by Matthew Davis)

First Park played in a blizzard and now a monsoon.

In a heavy rain storm, Park found a way to stave off Holy Family on April 16 in a 14-7 victory. Last year, the Wolfpack opened their season in blizzard conditions at Roseville.

“This was actually worse because it soaked you to the bone,” Wolfpack coach Greg Rinzel said. “There was nothing you could do about it. We had guys that had to come out because they couldn’t feel their hands holding the stick.”

Before the chill set in too much, the Wolfpack jumped out to a 6-1 first period lead. Carter Dosemann scored two goals in the period. Lauden Rinzel, Clay Dosemann, Zach Bezek and Nick Perry each added a goal.

“The rain soaked into our equipment and made everything very heavy,” senior attack Brent Wallace said.

Scoring cooled as the temperature dropped as penalties came along for the green-and-white. Consequently, the Fire stayed within a five-goal margin for much of the game.

The visitors trimmed the Wolfpack lead to three, 10-7, early in the final period. After keeping away from penalty trouble, the Wolfpack poured four unanswered goals to win their home opener. Perry got the scoring going at 9:28, and Rinzel put in a goal less than two minutes later. Bezek and Haider also added goals.

Wallace finished with a team-high seven points as he assisted on six goals. Jeremy Scollick stopped 11 shots in goal to secure the win.

Wallace said of Scollick, “he had a few huge saves late that helped us close out get another win.”

Similar to their home opener, penalties made the difference in their 8-5 season-opening win at Farmington on Monday, April 14. The Tigers had taken a 5-1 lead, but penalty trouble by home team gave the Wolfpack a frequent man advantage. Twenty minutes of penalties provided the Wolfpack ample to time to make a rally.

“Farmington got very aggressive, and we drew some penalties that really helped us maintain the ball in the offensive side,” Wallace said.

The green-and-white owned the second half with a 4-0 score. Additionally, the Wolfpack put up eight goals with only 12 shots on goal. They also overcame 14 penalty minutes of their own. Rinzel scored two goals and assisted on a pair for the Wolfapck. Perry chipped in with an assist. Bezek scored a goal and assisted on two. Wallace led the scoring for the green-and-white with three along with an assist. Clay Doseman and Diedrich each scored a goal and had an assist. Scollick earned the win in goals with 13 saves.

“We took advantage of the opportunities,” Rinzel said.

Up next for the Wolfpack, they will play at White Bear Lake on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The green-and-white will then host Forest Lake on Monday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

—Matthew Davis