Hornets take lacrosse win
Strategy played a key role in Edina High’s 11-8 girls lacrosse win over Stillwater Friday, April 15, at Kuhlman Field.
With Edina leading by two goals midway through the second half, the Hornets went to a possession game, and that was what it took to secure the victory.
“At halftime we talked about getting high percentage shots and limiting our turnovers,” said Edina head coach Makenna Borg.
The Hornets also wanted to take some time off the clock to keep the ball away from Stillwater’s fast forwards.
“On several possessions, we were able to take two minutes off the clock,” said Borg. “We really made Stillwater work to get the ball.”
Offensively, Edina looked to eighth-grader Haley Reeck when they needed a goal. Reeck responded by scoring five times.
Also scoring for the Hornets were seniors Sophia Doll, Anna Klein and Katie Ware and junior Lolita Fidler. Klein and Fidler played on Edina’s state-champion girls hockey team this winter. They both won a number of key draws against Stillwater, with Klein claiming five and Fidler taking seven.
Coach Borg talked about Reeck’s big night.
“Haley was with us last season,” she said. “She came on at the end of the year, and this year, you can see how her confidence has grown.”
Borg is excited about the season.
“We are a very fast, athletic team with a big group of seniors,” she said. “We will use their experience.”
Since this is the third season that Borg has coached the Hornets, the girls are used to what she is looking for. When the coach called for a possession game in the second half, the girls were ready to execute.
“This year we’re working on body language, attitude and support – the things we can control,” said Borg, who played lacrosse at Eden Prairie when she was in high school.
The Hornets have four captains, all of them seniors, in Klein, Olivia Kilberg, Sophia Miller and McKenna Knapp. Other seniors on the roster are Ware, Doll, Molly DeVoe, Abigail Garrity, Catherine Kuehl, Maggie Stotts, Olivia Swaim and Chloe Townsend.
Juniors in addition to Fidler are Lydia Bellows, Holly Brinkman, Olivia Coughlin, Katherine Harkman, Kate Johnson and Madison McCartan,
Goalie Ellie Strittmater is the only sophomore on varsity and Helen Propson is a varsity ninth-grader. Reeck is the lone representative of the eighth-grade class.
The Edina High boys lacrosse team opened the season April 14 with a 10-3 loss to Eden Prairie at EP’s Aerie Stadium.
Eden Prairie’s tough defense limited Edina’s scoring opportunities, while at the other end of the field Luke Cohen’s goaltending gave Edina a chance. He stopped 15 of the Eagles’ 25 shots on goal.
Ben Gustafson, Mas Selle and Nick Steines scored Edina’s goals, while Steines and Billy Sexton were credited with assists.
David Madison and Derek Lauson sparked Edina with hustle plays as they each scooped up four ground balls.
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