Rangers fall to No. 5 Champlin Park
The Forest Lake Rangers closed their 2013 lacrosse season last Wednesday after losing to No. 5 Champlin Park on the road, 15-0.
Forest Lake entered the Section 7AA tournament as the seven seed, while the Rebels claimed the second seed.
Head coach Jon Loo said the Rangers played well despite the loss to the state-ranked team, stating the game was indicative of how much improvement has happened on the field this season.
“I thought there were a lot of successes this season and things to build on,” Loo said. “We have moments on tape of 3-4 minute segments of phenomenal play in games, and that’s not necessarily something we’ve had before, so we’ll use that as a teaching tool.”
One aspect to look forward to with the young program, according to Loo, is the continuation of aligning the lacrosse program into a more solid, vertically aligned system from the prep team through junior varsity and up to the varsity level.
The head coach also mentioned that this year’s seniors are the last wave of original players to graduate who helped start the program. With 15 seniors on the squad, Loo said they hold a special role in Forest Lake boys lacrosse history.
“I told them they are the legacy keepers of origins,” Loo said. “This all started from five or six kids who loved the sport and helped turn it into a full-fledged varsity sport. They have this legacy, and we are going to stay true to the hard work they’ve put in and progress they’ve made into turning us to the right direction to make this a championship team.”