WOODBURY — The Stillwater boys’ lacrosse team bounced back from a nonconference setback on Saturday to defeat East Ridge 15-2 in Monday’s Suburban East Conference game at East Ridge High School.
Behind a balanced scoring attack, the Ponies (5-1 SEC, 7-2) opened up an 8-1 halftime lead and outscored the upstart Raptors 7-1 in the second half.
“The story behind the story is that we really excelled in a few areas that have given us trouble lately,” Ponies coach Ryan Clark said. “I think that every game we keep building and getting stronger. That is exactly what you want at this point in the season. A few of our guys at key positions played essential roles tonight and our coaching staff could not be happier with our performance.”
Sam Sagissor led the Ponies with four goals while George Uppgren added three goals and an assist. Matt Kaye and Jeff Petersen each collected two goals.
Chris Rick won 11 of 14 faceoffs to help the Ponies gain possession throughout the game and Zach Shockency was sharp in the back while turning away nine of the 10 shots he faced in the first half.
Stillwater 4 4 6 1 — 15
East Ridge 1 0 1 0 — 2
Goals — St, Sam Sagissor 4, George Uppgren 3, Matt Kaye 2, Jeff Petersen 2, Nick Athmann, Mitch Caywood, Chris Rick and Blake Burridge; ER, Randy Wilson and Eric Birkemeier.
Assists — St, Harrison Yaste 2, Petersen, Kaye and Uppgren.
Saves — St, Zach Shockency 9 and Blake Bornstein 3.
Lakeville North 11, Stillwater 6
At Lakeville, after jumping out to a 4-2 first-quarter lead, Stillwater was outscored 9-2 over the final three quarters in Saturday’s 11-6 loss to Lakeville North in a nonconference boys’ lacrosse game.
“Lakeville North is a good team,” Ponies coach Ryan Clark said. “I think they executed a game plan that played to their strengths. They have a few really good players over there.”
George Uppgren led the Ponies (4-1 SEC, 6-2) with two goals while Max Evensen finished with two assists. Nick Athmann, Harrison Yaste, Matt Kaye and Sam Sagissor each added a goal for Stillwater.
“We made some exceptional plays, but also failed to execute on the little things,” Clark said. “Offensively, we struck quickly in transition, but failed to execute significant possessions. Defensively, we played well from the inside out, but failed to effectively clear the ball. We’ll keep making adjustments.”
Making his first start in goal for the Ponies, Blake Bornstein finished with nine saves.
“He faced a lot of settled offensive attack, and settled the ball down while transitioning,” Clark said. “Joey Freichels was promoted from our junior varsity and played defensive midfield and really excelled. Luke Bromback is the leader of our defense. He rarely came off the field and remained loud and quick the whole game.”
Stillwater 4 1 0 1 — 6
Lakeville North 2 4 3 2 — 11
Goals — St, George Uppgren 2, Nick Athmann, Harrison Yaste, Matt Kaye and Sam Sagissor.
Assists — St, Max Evensen 2, Yaste and Sagissor.
Saves — St, Blake Bornstein 9.