OAK PARK HEIGHTS — Lakeville North was efficient offensively while scoring on 12 of its 16 shots on goal in Saturday’s 12-11 nonconference girls’ lacrosse victory over the Ponies at Stillwater Area High School.
The reigning state runner-ups trailed 8-6 at halftime before outscoring Stillwater 6-3 in the second half. Kacie Waagbo finished with five goals while leading the Panthers (1-4) to their first victory of the season.
Stillwater scored on 11 of its 22 shots on goal, including three tallies from Carter Sanderson and two each from Anna Corman, Sydney Evensen, Kate Sheely and Remi Larson.
“We had a lot of shots, we just need to work on our shooting accuracy,” Ponies coach Rick Reidt said. “Evensen had a nice game in transition, catching and passing up the field. Elli Anderson played a strong midfield game advancing the ball and Sarah Stickler on defense had a nice game.”
Logan Dobratz added two goals for the Panthers, who ran past Stillwater in the second half.
“In the second half we had difficulty with their fast break,” Reidt said. “Most of their goals were fast-break goals. They are a fast team, but it was a positioning thing on defense where they were able to pass to the open girl and score.”
It was the second one-goal loss in a row for the Ponies (1-1 Suburban East Conference, 2-2), who league title aspirations were kept alive on Wednesday as Cretin-Derham Hall defeated previously unbeaten East Ridge 11-5. The Raptors defeated Stillwater 12-11 on April 23, but the Ponies can still earn a share of the conference title with victories in their remaining SEC games — including a May 7 showdown with the Raiders.
n Hannah Hoefferle and Natalie Crepeau each scored three goals as Stillwater (4-0) cruised to a 9-2 victory over Lakeville North in the JV game on Saturday.
Goals — LN, Kacie Waagbo 5, Logan Dobratz 2, Megan Lebens, Makayla Kubisiak, Maddie Kiner, Emmie Madsen and NA; St, Carter Sanderson 3, Anna Corman 2, Sydney Evensen 2, Kate Sheely 2 and Remi Larson 2.
Assists — LN, NA; St, Sanderson and Ellie Anderson.
Saves — LN (Taylor Hager) NA; St (Katie Lottsfeldt) 4.