COTTAGE GROVE — The cold and wet weather conditions were anything but glorious, but nobody was complaining for Stillwater as the Ponies finally got outside for Wednesday’s 16-7 Suburban East Conference boys’ lacrosse victory over Park.
The Ponies (1-0 SEC, 1-0) hadn’t practiced or played outdoors before Wednesday, but were ready for the elements while taking a 6-0 first-quarter lead and extending it to 9-2 at halftime.
Sam Sagissor set the scoring pace for Stillwater with five goals and Matt Kaye added four tallies. Jeff Petersen scored three times for the Ponies while Harrison Yaste, Mitch Caywood, George Uppgren and Brandon Jungmann added a goal each.
“Getting a win is always a nice way to start off our season,” Ryan Clark said, after his first game as Ponies head coach. “I am really proud of my leadership team for responding to some adversity and modeling Stillwater lacrosse by playing hard and winning with class. We showed some flashes of what we can do on the field, and we found a few things that we need to clean up for Hill-Murray on Friday. I believe in my guys and I know they are going to put in the work.”
Zach Shockency finished with eight saves for the Ponies, who will host Hill-Murray at the SCVRC on Friday.
Stillwater 6 3 3 4 — 16
Park 0 2 4 1 — 7
Goals — St, Sam Sagissor 5, Matt Kaye 4, Jeff Petersen 3, Harrison Yaste, Mitch Caywood, George Uppgren and Brandon Jungmann.
Assists — St, Uppgren 5, Sagissor 2, Yaste, Petersen and Jake Legato.
Saves — St (Zach Shockency) 8.