Optimism For The Boys Lacrosse Team

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Optimism For The Boys Lacrosse Team

Senior Joel Matthews pursues a player from White Bear Lake in a 5-8 defeat. Photo by Kelsey Deering

Senior Joel Matthews pursues a player from White Bear Lake in a 5-8 defeat. Photo by Kelsey Deering

Senior Joel Matthews pursues a player from White Bear Lake in a 5-8 defeat. Photo by Kelsey Deering

Senior Joel Matthews pursues a player from White Bear Lake in a 5-8 defeat. Photo by Kelsey Deering

Sam Sklar, Sports Editor

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  Boys lacrosse has had a rough season. With a record of 3-8 the team is in unfamiliar territory, having a losing regular season record for the first time since 2012.
“It has definitely been a really tough year,” said senior captain Chris Thomas.
  The Trojans’ first win of the season came early in the season in a 10-7 victory over a solid Lakeville North team. “It was a good win,” said Thomas “that was the first time it showed what this team is truly capable of.”
  One of the glaring weaknesses for the team has been the offense. The Trojans have had a hard time scoring all year, scoring only 6.09 goals per game. For comparison, Benilde-St.Margaret’s, the top ranked team in the state, has scored a whopping 12.27 goals per game.
  Although Lakeville North was a big win for the team they were unable to ride any sort of momentum after the win. The team hit a very rough patch, dropping seven of the next eight games.
Wayzata was finally able to turn it around last week with a dominant 13-point victory over Hopkins.
  This season has been a large turnaround for the Trojans. The team has made it to the state tournament each of the past three years, placing fifth last year.
Despite just three wins on the regular season, a run toward the state tournament is still in reach for the Trojans. Wayzata’s section is one of the weakest in the state. As it stands right now, none of the teams in the section are ranked in the top 10.
  But if Wayzata wants to earn a state tournament berth they must improve their offense. “Piece by piece we have built [the offense] up. They now are playing really hard,” said Thomas.
The Trojans have one more regular season game against undefeated Stillwater. “I think that we will have to have a strong defensive battle but also I think the game will be relatively low scoring,” said Thomas “We have a good defense we just have to make sure we have some scoring to match that.”
  If they are able to generate some offense while being complemented with a few solid defensive performances, the Trojans have potential to be a cinderella story come playoff time.

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