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Lacrosse: Both Raiders teams bounced in first game of sections

Eli Schaffer takes a shot against the Park goalie. He had three goals against the Wolfpack. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
Senior Nate Clemens fights for the ball during the section game against Park. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
T.J. Pottinger makes a pass during the Raiders' loss to the Wolfpack. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

The Section 3 lacrosse playoffs did not go well for the Raider boys' and girls' team as both fell in their first section games. The boys, who were the No. 4 seed after going 10-3 in the regular season and taking third in the Metro East Conference, fell to No. 5 Park, 12-11, in overtime. Meanwhile, the girls were the No. 9 seed and played No. 8 Woodbury in a play-in game to see who would face top-seed Cretin-Derham Hall. The Raiders fell 16-3 to end their season.

Girls struggle

The Hastings girls struggled this season as they worked with an inexperienced team under a new coaching staff. However, the team started to figure things out toward the end of the season and ended up winning three of their last six before section playoffs started. Heading into next season, they graduate just three seniors—key contributors Laynee Connell, Lindsey Fasbender and Chloe Larimer. Those three were the Raiders most experienced players who returned from last year, but with there being only three of them the rest of the young squad got much-needed experience.

Boys fall to rival in rematch

Hastings blew out rival Park to start the season, but the season is long and teams need to continue to improve over its course in order to be successful in the postseason. The rematch last Friday was tight and a lackluster second quarter by the Raiders might have cost them the game.

Park scored the first two goals of the game before T.J. Pottinger score to make it 2-1. The Wolfpack answered to gain a 3-1 lead, but Noah Bzoskie and Erik Iverson scored back-to-back to tie the game before the end of the quarter. Hastings was outscored 4-2 in the second quarter, and it could have been worse, with Park leading 7-5 at half. Scoring for the Raiders in the quarter were Alex Foster near the start and Eli Schaffer to pull them within two before halftime.

Hastings clamped down in the third quarter and shutout the Wolfpack to tie the game at 7-7 with two more goals by Schaffer.

Jack Arvidson gave the Raiders an 8-7 lead to start the fourth, but Park roared back with two-straight goals to retake the lead. Pottinger tied the game, but then Park scored two more and had a two goal lead with just a couple minutes left. Iverson scored with just under four minutes left.

In a scramble at the end of the game, Bzoskie scored with just four seconds left to send the game into overtime. However, the Wolfpack scored not long into the sudden-death frame and won, 12-11.

This year's squad for Hastings was senior heavy and very experienced, which they will sorely miss next season. Thirteen seniors, more than half the roster, graduate this year—Jaden Axelrod, Tyler Evans, Morgan Sweeney, Bzoskie, Sam McGregor, Arvidson, Nate Clemens, Schaffer, Iverson, John Cole, Cory Rohloff, Andy Kehborn and Pottinger.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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