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Girls' Lacrosse: Park works to revamp inexperienced lineup

Cayla Quade moves the ball near the Rosemount goal on Thursday. Quade scored four goals in the 11-6 loss to Rosemount. Blaze Fugina / RiverTowns Multimedia1 / 2
Ingrid Granlund carries the ball up the field during the second half of Thursday’s game against Rosemount. Blaze Fugina / RiverTowns Multimedia2 / 2

The Park girls' lacrosse team is working on developing an inexperienced roster early this season.

The process continued in Park's first regular season game, an 11-6 loss to Rosemount at Wolfpack Stadium on Thursday. The Irish took a 5-2 lead into halftime and held the advantage in possession time during the second half.

"We graduated quite a few good players last year," head coach Scott Leonard said. "We have some good ones coming back, but a lot of girls were trying out new spots. They're just trying to learn the game still."

Sophomore Cayla Quade scored four goals in the second half, but Rosemount continued to pull away in the five-point victory. Mackenzie Lawrence scored both of Park's first-half goals.

The sophomore midfielder said running the offense has been a work in progress early this season.

"I think in the first half we weren't really patient, and we didn't really know how we wanted to score," Quade said. "We just knew we wanted to score. In the second half, we slowed things down and ran plays we knew how to run."

Park finished with a record of 5-3 in Suburban East Conference play last year. But the Wolfpack have lost 11 graduating seniors from that team, including last year's leading scorer Dani Perry who is now playing at Hamline. The team's third-leading scorer, Brooke Strenke, also graduated.

With a mix of returning starters and inexperienced players trying new positions, Leonard expects a learning process to continue through the early portion of the season.

"I have a feeling we might struggle early on, but we're hoping we start filling in," Leonard said. "I was pleasantly surprised tonight. It was a five-goal game we lost by. We had a lot of good things that I wasn't sure we were going to be able to do. We spent a lot of time yesterday in practice on defense, and they cleaned some things up from the scrimmage on Tuesday."

Park is next scheduled to face Eagan on the road Tuesday.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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