The expectations are high, as always. From outside the program and within.
Totino-Grace enters the fall as Class A’s preseason No. 1, with the goals to match.
“We have a mix of talent and inexperience, which is an interesting combination,” Totino-Grace head coach Bill Vance said. “By the conclusion of the season, we hope to be competing for the conference, section and state titles. It is ambitious, so a lot has to be done and a lot has to go our way for that to happen, but each year we strive for conference, section, state.”
Among the top returners for the Eagles are senior Steevie Lamarre, who had 15 goals and six assists on his way to earning all-state honors a year ago, and all-conference senior returner Liam Vance, who had eight goals and seven assists.
Also added to the mix will be senior Brian Brown, who has verbally committed to play at the Division I level at West Virginia.
“Steevie Lamarre, Liam Vance, Brian Brown are high level players who we expect a lot out of,” Vance said. “Our defense has one returning starter, so we need to get better there quickly. Brian Brown is a senior who played on Minnesota Thunder Academy’s Development Academy team the last three seasons, so this is his first high school season.”
The Eagles have six seniors on the roster after graduating 11 a year ago, including all-state standout Herbert Endeley.
Totino-Grace fell 4-3 in its season opener against Elk River Aug. 27.
Blaine is off to an 0-4 start, falling 6-1 at Forest Lake, 2-0 at Duluth East, 2-0 at Anoka and 2-1 against Andover.
Spring Lake Park fell 10-1 at Blake and 6-1 at Champlin Park in its first two matches of the year.
Fridley opened the season 3-1, bouncing back from an 8-1 loss at Blake to pick up one-goal wins over Minneapolis South 3-2, Tartan 1-0 and Benilde-St. Margaret’s 3-2.
Columbia Heights is off to a 2-1 start, picking up a 2-1 win over Robbinsdale Cooper and a 4-0 win at Minneapolis Edison after dropping a 1-0 opener at Cloquet-Esko-Carlton.