Girls’ Lacrosse shooting for championship

Bouncing back from last season's disappointing loss

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Submitted by Emma Burke

The Girl's lacrosse team huddles up before a game.

Madeline Wethington, Staff Writer

Nine returners lead the Girls’ Lacrosse Team who is hoping to get revenge from last year’s heartbreaking loss to Eden Prairie in the state championship game.

The team was recently ranked as the number two team in the state and is led by Nellie Ide ‘17 and Emily Johnsrud ‘17, who were recognized by the Star Tribune as part of the Top 12 players to watch.

The team consists of a majority of juniors, however, this year the team has four eighth graders, the most that the team has ever taken in.

Captain Lucy Burton ‘17 expresses how impressed she is with the upperclassmen and their leadership so far saying, “we’ve all really done a good job of welcoming in the eighth-graders.”

Junior Sara McClanahan ‘18 adds, “as an eighth-grader, it is hard having to adjust playing with high schoolers but just giving them confidence and being positive with them will help.”

McClanahan along with Sophie Skallerud ‘18 and Emma Burke ‘18 were each eighth graders when they joined the eventual state championship team of 2014. Even with new players on the team, Johnsrud believes the girls are still focused and motivated after last year’s loss saying, “We want to win sections and make it back to state. . . I have confidence in the players we have and I believe that we can be as good or if not better than we were last year.”

One game to make sure to watch is when they play at Eden Prairie on May 25 because as Burton put it, “We have unfinished business.”