Girls lacrosse: Almquist, Larson set pace for Ponies
By STUART GROSKREUTZ
OAK PARK HEIGHTS – Dana Almquist and Remi Larson led a first-half scoring outburst as Stillwater cruised past Anoka 21-4 in Wednesday’s Section 4 quarterfinal girls’ lacrosse game at Stillwater Area High School.
The top-seeded and defending section champion Ponies jumped out to a 15-1 halftime lead and remained in control throughout.
"Overall, our team played the best they’ve played all year, especially in the attack end," Stillwater coach Rick Reidt said. "It was great passing and catching and they were very creative with our offense."
Stillwater (12-2) advances to the winner of Champlin Park vs. Mounds View, which was postponed because of storms on Wednesday night. The semifinals are slated for Tuesday night at Mahtomedi. The Ponies are the home team but forced to another site because Pony Stadium is hosting the section track meet next week.
Almquist and Larson each tallied five goals while Katie Casto and Emma Wiessner each scored three times. Almquist only played the first half in order to rest a sore heel and Maggie Corman remains out of the lineup because of injury, but the Ponies played well despite some minor shuffling.
"Normally Remi plays lower, behind the net most of the time, but she moved to a higher attack position and had her best game of the year," Reidt said.
Jenny Jorgensen also got into the scoring act with two goals and an assist. Larson led the Ponies with two assists while Almquist, Katie Casto and Emma Wiessner also notched an assist each.
Stillwater also received a goal each from Kate Sheely, Carter Sanderson and Erin Dougherty as part of a balanced attack.
When Sheely moved to take Almquist’s spot in the second half, Sanderson filled in nicely, the coach suggested.
"Kate is left-handed, but Carter’s left hand is so strong and she played so well even though she is right-handed," Reidt said. "Sydney Evensen also did a nice job filling in at midfield and really did well."
Marie Bonine finished with 10 saves on 14 shots in goal for Stillwater.
"Marie had her best game of the year, her save percentage was over 70 percent," Reidt said. "She had an eight-meter save and some very nice clears."
Goals – St, Dana Almquist 5, Remi Larson 5, Katie Casto 3, Emma Wiessner 3, Jenny Jorgensen 2, Kate Sheely, Carter Sanderson and Erin Dougherty.
Assists – St, Larson 2, Almquist, Casto, Wiessner and Jorgensen.
Saves – St, Marie Bonine 10.
Anoka 11, Hill-Murray 10
Champlin Park 14, Forest Lake 4
Mounds View 13, Irondale 3
Mahtomedi 20, Spring Lake Park 6
Centennial 13, Totino-Grace 12
White Bear Lake 14, Blaine 7
Coon Rapids 20, Andover 4
Stillwater 21, Anoka 4
Champlin Park vs. Mounds View
Mahtomedi 24, Centennial 13
Coon Rapids vs. White Bear Lake
#4 Champlin Park/#5 Mounds View vs. #1 Stillwater at Mahtomedi
#3 Mahtomedi vs. #2 Coon Rapids/#7 White Bear Lake
The finals are scheduled for Irondale on Thursday, May 31.