The Ranger boys lacrosse team suffered a tough 18-1 loss to Blaine in the first round of section playoffs last Wednesday to end its season.
Head coach Jon Loo said his boys struggled to find a rhythm, especially in the absence of sophomore Spencer Marsh and Hunter Hamernick, two of the team’s top attackers, who were out to injury and illness.
“It was disappointing,” Loo said. “We didn’t play very well; in fact, it was one of the worst games of the season. We seemed fatigued from the five-game schedule the week before — just didn’t have the energy we usually do.”
Senior Cole Marsh led the Rangers in goals and assists this season. The attacker recorded 21 goals and eight assists. Spencer Marsh was second with 14 goals and three assists, followed by Hamernick with 13 goals and three assists.
Sophomore Tyler Anderson won 81 faceoffs for Forest Lake, while sophomore Hunter Olson recorded 38 faceoffs won. In ground balls, Andrew Murray recovered the most loose balls with 31, while Olson recovered 30.
Junior Nick Peltier earned 76 saves in goal this year while allowing 81, while junior Sam Pitt saved 44 while allowing 58.
As a team, the Rangers scored 68 goals this year while giving up 173.
Loo said despite the crunched game schedule due to weather, his team showed signs of improvement.
“We progressed in our ability to play more complex systems,” Loo said. “They were in the right spot more than ever, now we just have to develop our skills and execute once we’re there. We were competitive in many more games and have a lot of young players returning. Our future looks bright.”
Forest Lake closed 2014 at 2-12.