The Orono women’s lacrosse team is off to a strong start in 2018. With a season-opening win, followed by a heart-stopping last-second finish, the varsity Spartans are building on last year’s campaign that ended in a playoff section quarter-final defeat at the hands of three-time defending state champion Eden Prairie. Additionally, the junior varsity team recorded wins for their first two games of the season. Varsity and JV Head Coaches, Emily Purnell and Kyle Johnson, return, along with new addition Hannah Dickman joining to assist varsity. Senior captains Rachel Constant, Serena Laing and Anna Soshnik are also back for their final season at Orono.
The Spartans jumped to an early lead and never looked back on their way to an 8-3 win over Monticello. The Orono attack and midfield controlled the ball most of the game. Among others, senior Serena Laing and sophomores Georgia Beutler and Makenna Crandall netted goals. Junior Juliet Mitchell enjoyed a strong game in goal, turning away Monticello whenever they attempted to mount a comeback.
Hutchinson was looking for revenge after Orono beat the Tigers in a close game last year. This year’s contest was just as thrilling. With the weather alternating between bright sunshine and rain, Hutchinson jumped out to an early lead. Junior goal-scorers Katie Willander, Katherine Gilster, Caroline Robson and sophomore scorers Georgia Beutler and Geneva Berrett continually brought Orono back to tie the game. Strong Spartan defense kept the score tied as the clock wound down. Unfortunately for Orono, the Tigers scored with 39 seconds left in the game to take a 10-9 lead and win the contest, despite a furious scurry in front of the Hutchinson goal as the clock struck zero.
It was also a special night for Orono lacrosse as the Jake Anderson #60 Leadership Award was presented to Senior Rachel Constant by Bill and Kristi Anderson of the Give 60 for #60 Foundation. Jake was a goalie on the 2013 Orono lacrosse team when they were state contenders. The player selected to wear his #60 jersey embodies the character to lead by example both on and off the field and demonstrates Jake’s core values of kindness, leadership, sportsmanship and community service. The 2017 recipient, Madeline Carlson, was also recognized in the ceremony.
The Spartans return to the field for multiple games next week. Follow the team on Twitter @OronoWomensLax for live in-game updates.