Boys lacrosse: Stillwater breezes past Tartan

Stillwater senior Chris Rick wins a faceoff and and charges towards the net for a shot late in the first half of Thursday’s Section 4 quarterfinal victory over Tartan at Miller Field. (Gazette staff photo by Stuart Groskreutz)

Stillwater senior Chris Rick wins a faceoff and and charges towards the net for a shot late in the first half of Thursday’s Section 4 quarterfinal victory over Tartan at Miller Field. (Gazette staff photo by Stuart Groskreutz)

Despite falling behind 2-0 early on Thursday, the Stillwater boys’ lacrosse team went on a 15-1 run to close out the game for a 15-3 victory over Tartan in the Section 4 quarterfinals at Stillwater Junior High School’s Miller Field.

“I think we played a very complete game,” Ponies coach Ryan Clark said. “We have been working towards playing our best lacrosse at this point of the season and we are playing exactly how we want to be playing.”

Luke Bromback is stopped by a Tartan defender during Thursday’s Section 4 quarterfinal victory.

Luke Bromback is stopped by a Tartan defender during Thursday’s Section 4 quarterfinal victory.

The third-seeded Ponies (11-3) advance to face No. 2 seed White Bear Lake in the semifinals on Saturday at the South Campus. Game time is 1 p.m. The Bears handed Stillwater a 15-3 loss earlier this season — the only Suburban East Conference setback for the Ponies.

The Ponies were able to gain possession consistently throughout the first half and were patient while overcoming the early deficit to grab a comfortable lead before the intermission.

“Faceoffs are huge for us and Chris Rick, Peyton Gosso and Jake Legato were very fundamental on faceoffs,” Clark said. “The man-up unit moved the ball very fluidly and created opportunities for our playmakers. George Uppgren’s vision was on display and all four of our attackmen had at least four points. Harrison Yaste elevated his game. He always seems to get better towards the end of the season. From here on out, we preach doing the small things right, excelling in your role and leaning on the playmakers.”

Statistics for the Ponies were not available at presstime.

“(Zach) Shockency made a few saves when we needed him to,” Clark said. “We had 12 minutes in penalties, including a point in the game when we were playing three down, and our man-down defense did not give up one goal all night.”

Section 4

Quarterfinals

Mahtomedi 18, Hastings 0

Woodbury 11, Hill-Murray 9

Stillwater 15, Tartan 3

White Bear Lake 16, East Ridge 5

Saturday’s semifinals

#4 Woodbury at #1 Mahtomedi

#3 Stillwater at #2 White Bear Lake

Finals

At Mounds View on Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

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