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Park bounces back with big win

Park's Taryn Leonard scores late in the second half against Mounds View. The Wolfpack led just 4-2 at the half but poured it on in the second half for a 12-2 victory. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Park junior Amanda Elton closely guards a Mounds View opponent in first-half girls lacrosse action Thursday at Cottage Grove. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Sophomore Emma Snyder of the Wolfpack takes a shot against Mounds View Thursday. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Park's Cayla Quade goes in for a shot in the first half against Mounds View Thursday. Quade scored four goals to help Park to a 12-2 victory. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

Park bounced back from its first loss of the season with an impressive 12-2 victory over visiting Mounds View in girls' lacrosse Thursday at Cottage Grove.

The Wolfpack dropped a hard-fought 8-4 decision at Cretin-Derham Hall Tuesday, but put that game behind them with a strong outing Thursday.

Park led just 4-2 at the half but blitzed the Mustangs with an 8-0 second half. The Wolfpack scored five goals in the first five minutes of the second half, two by junior midfielder Cayla Quade, to break the game open.

"In the second half our transitions got a lot better and we started actually going to net and trying to shoot and showing what we actually have," Quade said, who had four goals overall to pace the Wolfpack. Quade leads Park with 20 goals on the season.

Park improved to 5-1 in the Suburban East Conference and to 8-1 on the season. The Wolfpack are tied for second in the conference with Stillwater.

Taryn Leonard scored three goals for the Wolfpack. Alivia Kons and Amanda Elton had two goals apiece and Laura Watters had one.

"We made a change in the second half," said Park coach Scott Leonard. "They were pretty aggressive up on top so we decided to move the ball behind and we got some better matchups from behind in that so we just decided to attack from there."

"After we put a couple in it drew the defense in and we were able to get a couple feeds into the midfielders coming from the top," Leonard added. "It kind of opened things up for us. That second half was a lot of fun to watch."

The convincing victory was welcomed after the hard-fought loss to Cretin Tuesday.

"We played really well for the first 40 minutes or so of the game (against Cretin)," said junior Taryn Leonard. "We didn't let Cretin score for about 28 minutes. We just can't let our nerves get to us because we can play with anyone in the state. We're a really good team and we work together. If we don't freak out we can do anything."