Defense keeping lacrosse boys in games

Three of four losses have been close

Senior Andrew Egle (34) is congratulated by teammates after his second-quarter goal cut Woodbury’s lead to 2-1 during Monday’s game in Forest Lake. (Photo by Clint Riese)

Clint Riese
Sports Editor

The Ranger boys’ lacrosse team may be 0-4, but three of the games have been competitive.

After losing a tight opener in Owatonna, Forest Lake took one on the chin from Anoka last Wednesday, losing 14-0. Since then, the team has responded with a pair of strong efforts against St. Cloud Tech/Cathedral and Woodbury.

“Our defense has improved more than anything,” said coach Jon Loo. “After giving up 14 to Anoka last week, we broke down some film and figured out some specific areas to focus on. It’s been a lot tougher for teams to score on us the last two games.”

St. Cloud Tech/Cathedral pulled ahead 4-1 after one quarter here last Thursday, but Forest Lake outscored the Tigers 2-1 from there on.

This Monday, the Rangers hung around against a more established program in Woodbury. The Royals led 2-0 after one quarter, but their lead was halved on a goal by senior Andrew Egle with 6:21 left in the second. Woodbury answered with 2:09 left in the quarter and kept the home team off the board the rest of the way. The final score was 5-1.

Forest Lake was able to control the ball in the Royals’ zone for extended periods, but had trouble generating good shots.

“The next step is to figure out how we can score consistently,” Loo said. “We’re starting to move the ball better on offense, so we just need to find ways to create good scoring opportunities off the pass. We’re close and the boys are ready to win.”

They face a tough team this Wednesday at East Ridge and are then off until they host Hastings next Wednesday.