Boys' lacrosse: Park boys looking for continued success
Park had a stellar season in boys lacrosse last spring, and with a host of talented athletes returning, more good things are expected for the Wolfpack this campaign.
The Wolfpack went 12-4 in 2017, including 7-1 in the Suburban East Conference. Park and White Bear Lake tied for the conference crown a year ago as the Wolfpack beat the Bears 11-6 at White Bear Lake in the regular season finale.
Park then knocked off Cretin-Derham Hall and seventh-ranked Rosemount in a pair of thrilling playoff wins before falling to eventual state champion Eagan in the section finals.
The Wolfpack have a host of stars returning this season, led by senior attackers Grant Glazier and Matt Moreland, senior goalie Zakk Morse and junior midfielder Lucas Hoyt to build around. All four are already committed to play either Division I or II lacrosse in the future.
Glazier was a third-team, all-state selection last season, after having scored 68 points as a sophomore and 85 points as a junior. Glazier had 44 goals as a junior, ranking sixth in the state, and 27 assists, which was the 10th best in Minnesota.
Morse had 10 wins as a goaltender last season, ranking eighth in the state.
"We're pretty much returning our entire core on attack and defense," said Park head coach Greg Rinzel. "We have to find some new midfielders. But we have high expectations."
Park returns 10 starters off last year's team.
"It's going to be good," Rinzel said. "The defense is pretty strong and we're always a high-scoring team. It should be a very fun year. We're not as deep as we have been. We lost 12 seniors from last year."
White Bear Lake, Stillwater and Park should be at the top of the Suburban East Conference again this season, said Rinzel. "Our conference is fairly balanced."
Park is scheduled to open the season at home Monday, April 16 against Burnsville.