ROSEVILLE — Five different players scored in the final 10 minutes of the first half as Stillwater broke a 3-all and surged to an 18-5 Suburban East Conference girls’ lacrosse victory over Roseville on Monday night.
Remi Larson scored on an assist by Dana Almquist with 9:45 left before halftime and before long the Ponies opened up an 8-3 lead with goals from Almquist, Emma Wiessner, Carter Sanderson and Katie Casto. Stillwater also scored nine straight goals in the second half to build a 17-3 lead against one of the team’s it shared the conference title with a year ago.
“It was a good game and Roseville scored three in a row to tie, but from that point forward they went over 30 minutes without scoring and we just kept scoring at a steady pace,” Ponies coach Rick Reidt said.
Almquist led all scorers with six goals and also racked up five assists. Wiessner chipped in with four goals while Casto, Sanderson and Larson added two apiece.
“(Almquist) is our leading scorer, but led the team with groundball pickups and draw controls,” Reidt said. “We had a nice game from a lot of girls. Casto and Wiessner and Larson played strong in the midfield. Wiessner had her best game of the year and Remi Larson stood out in the midfield and attack end. I think our team is coming together and we’re decreasing our number of unforced errors, which keeps us in sequence.”
Stillwater also received a boost defensively with the return of Rachel Martell and sophomore Ashlyn Jelinek making her first start. Senior Natalie Bourman-Karns also played well, the coach suggested.
“Our defense is really starting to gel and we were a little more patient on attacks, that’s why we had that nice streak,” Reidt said. “Plus (Marie) Bonine had some really big saves.”
l The Stillwater JV team improved to 3-0 with Monday’s 15-2 win over the Raiders. Tori Dahl totaled three goals and two assists to lead the Ponies, who have outscored their opponents 53-2 this season.
Stillwater 8 10 — 18
Roseville 3 2 — 5
Goals — St, Dana Almquist 6, Emma Wiessner 4, Katie Casto 2, Carter Sanderson 2, Remi Larson 2, Kate Sheely and Maggie Corman.
Assists — St, Almquist 5, Sheely and Larson.
Saves — St, Marie Bonine 9.
Stillwater 18, Mounds View 10
At Arden Hills, facing one of the teams expected to contend in the Suburban East Conference race, the Stillwater girls’ lacrosse team jumped out to an eight-goal halftime lead and cruised past Mounds View 18-6 on Friday.
Senior Dana Almquist continued her torrid scoring pace with nine goals — giving her 20 in two games to start the season — and Katie Casto followed with four goals. Carter Sanderson and Maggie Corman each scored twice.
“When they leave Dana open we will get her the ball and she will score,” Ponies coach Rick Reidt said. “We had a pretty well balanced attack. We have a lot of firepower, more than we’ve ever had, and that will be to our advantage.”
Stillwater was leading 10-7 with about three minutes remaining in the first half, but scored five in a row to close out the half with a 15-7 lead.
“It as a little back and forth at the beginning, but we were able to take over a little bit towards the end of the first half,” Reidt said. “We were able to get some goals right before halftime.”
Marie Bonine finished with 10 saves for the Ponies (2-0 SEC, 2-0).
“We need to shore up our defense a little bit,” Ponies coach Rick Reidt said. “Emma (Wiessner) made some very nice defensive plays and Casto is playing very well, both on attack and especially midfield defense.”
l Also on Friday, Hannah Hoefferle and Emma Arkell led a balanced scoring attack with four each as the Stillwater JV team dispatched Mounds View 24-0. Lisse Bohan, Tori Dahl and Alicia O’Neill added three goals apiece for the Ponies (2-0 SEC, 2-0).
Stillwater 15 3 — 18
Mounds View 7 3 — 10
Goals — St, Dana Almquist 9, Katie Casto 4, Carter Sanderson 2 and Maggie Corman 2.
Assists — St, Almquist 2, Kate Sheely 2, Casto, Emma Wiessner and Ellie Anderson.
Saves — St, Marie Bonine 10.