SPORTS PREVIEW: Lacrosse girls continue to build program

Rangers aim for another winning season

 

Seniors Becca Neuman, Ashlyn Fitch and Emma Mattheisen were named the 2014 captains. (Photo by Kat Ladwig)

Seniors Becca Neuman, Ashlyn Fitch and Emma Mattheisen were named the 2014 captains. (Photo by Kat Ladwig)

Kat Ladwig
Sports Editor

Though the Ranger girls lacrosse team finished with a winning record of 8-6 last season, head coach Krista Seipel considered it a rebuilding year.

The fifth-year coach said 2014 should be another stepping stone for a program in the works and that she is excited to see what her athletes bring to the field.

“This season is another rebuilding season,” Seipel said. “We want to continue building off our offense, become more dynamic on defense and work on our fluidity between the two.”

Forest Lake will be led by senior captains Becca Neuman, Ashlyn Fitch and Emma Mattheisen.

“Becca’s a huge presence on both offense and defense, and she should be again this season for us,” Seipel said. “All of the captains are strong leaders and have worked hard to build a foundation here.”

Though the head coach opted not to further speculate on the influence of individuals on the squad, she mentioned the ability of Neuman, Mattheisen and sophomores Radian Lenz and Carlie Lund.

“They all have really strong fundamentals, have been playing multiple years and understand the sport and each other — they’re making plans happen,” Seipel said.

In the Suburban East Conference, Stillwater looks to remain on top following an undefeated conference season, while Cretin-Derham Hall and Roseville are slso on Forest Lake’s radar.

The Rangers saw postseason success in 2013 by beating Osseo-Park Center in the first round of section play, before running into a statebound Champlin Park squad. Seipel expects Champlin Park and Coon Rapids to be the squads to beat if the Rangers want to make it to state.

For now, though, they are focusing on the basics.

“We’re working on building a foundation of respect, dignity, building a team understanding of the sport more and capitalizing on offensive and defensive opportunities,” Seipel said.

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