Girls lacrosse: Almquist nets MVP award for Ponies

Senior Dana Almquist, above, was named the Most Valuable Player for the conference and section champion Stillwater girls’ lacrosse team, which also placed fourth at the state tournament, below. (Photos by Stuart Groskreutz. above, and John Diana, below)

Senior Dana Almquist, above, was named the Most Valuable Player for the conference and section champion Stillwater girls’ lacrosse team, which also placed fourth at the state tournament, below. (Photos by Stuart Groskreutz. above, and John Diana, below)

In addition to several additional honors collected this spring, senior Dana Almquist was named the Most Valuable Player for the Stillwater girls’ lacrosse team.

6-17 spo-glac fourth placeAlmquist, who provided a team-high 93 goals and 27 assists, also received all-conference and all-state honors for the Suburban East Conference and Section 4 champions. The Ponies finished with a 14-4 record, including 9-0 to win their fifth consecutive league title. Stillwater also placed fourth at state for the third year in a row after losing to eventual champion Blake 13-8 in the semifinals and Eden Prairie 13-8 in the third-place game. The Bears and Eagles accounted for all four of Stillwater’s losses this season.

Almquist, who has accepted a scholarship to continue her playing career at the University of Louisville, was a Star Tribune All-Metro selection and also received US Lacrosse All-American Honorable Mention recognition. She was also a finalist for Minnesota’s Ms. Lacrosse Award.

Emma Wiessner, Katie Casto, Marie Bonine, Maggie Corman, Rachel Martell, Maddy Sova and Kate Sheely, who ranked second for the Ponies with 54 goals, joined Almquist in earning All-SEC honors. Hannah Dickman, Natalie Bourman-Karns, Remi Larson, Carter Sanderson and Ashlyn Jelinek were honorable mention all-conference selections.

Six Ponies garnered all-state honors, including Almquist, Wiessner, Casto, Bonine, Sheely and Larson. Bonine, who stopped more than half the shots she faced in goal this season (135 saves), Sanderson and Sheely were named to the State All-Tournament Team.

Sanderson finished third for the Ponies with 35 goals and other scoring leaders included Wiessner with 31 goals, Casto (26), Larson 20 and Corman (17).

The Ponies also presented several team awards, including Offensive Player of the Year (Wiessner), Pyramid of Success Team Award (Bonine) and Coaches Awards to Casto, Corman, Dickman, Sova, Maddi Bohan, Miranda Meier and Bourman-Karns.

Sheely, Hannah Hoefferle and Sydney Evensen were named captains for the 2014 team.

Also honored for the Ponies was Brian Gould, who was named the Minnesota High School Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year.

In addition to the successful varsity campaign, the Stillwater JV team also polished off its fourth straight undefeated regular season while stretching their winning streak to 50 games. The Ponies, who are coached by Megan Westerheide and Matt Hirn, set team JV records for most goals scored in a season (214) and fewest goals allowed (23) — an average winning margin of nearly 17-2 in 13 games.

 

Girls lacrosse

All-Conference: Dana Almquist, Emma Wiessner, Katie Casto, Marie Bonine, Maggie Corman, Rachel Martell, Maddy Sova and Kate Sheely; All-Conference Honorable Mention: Hannah Dickman, Natalie Bourman-Karns, Remi Larson, Carter Sanderson and Ashlyn Jelinek; All-State: Dana Almquist, Emma Wiessner, Katie Casto, Marie Bonine, Kate Sheely and Remi Larson; US Lacrosse All-American Honorable Mention: Dana Almquist; State All-Tournament Team: Marie Bonine, Carter Sanderson and Kate Sheely; Star Tribune All-Metro: Dana Almquist; MHSGLCA Assistant Coach of the Year: Brian Gould; Offensive Player of the Year: Emma Wiessner; Pyramid of Success Team Award: Marie Bonine; Coaches Award: Katie Casto, Maggie Corman, Hannah Dickman, Maddy Sova, Maddi Bohan, Miranda Meier and Natalie Bourman-Karns; Ms. Lacrosse Finalist: Dana Almquist; Most Valuable Player: Dana Almquist; Captains elect: Kate Sheely, Hannah Hoefferle and Sydney Evensen.

 

Contact Stuart Groskreutz at stuart.groskreutz@ecm-inc.com

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