OAK PARK HEIGHTS — Blake Evensen, Joe Stengl and Quinton White each delivered three goals to help propel Stillwater to a 13-4 Suburban East Conference boys’ lacrosse victory over Mounds View on Tuesday, April 30 at Stillwater Area High School.
It was the fourth straight victory for the third-ranked Ponies (3-0 SEC, 4-0), who also received two goals from Ty Thureson.
Stillwater led 9-0 and halftime and extended the lead to 11-0 in the third quarter until the Mustangs finally broke through with consecutive goals.
“I think we played a really solid first half,” Ponies coach Tom Howe said. “Mounds View is a hard-working, good defensive team and they’ve always had good goalies. I don’t take anything for granted and they always played hard against us.”
Nelson Summary, Thureson and White also provided two assists for Stillwater, which has outscored its four opponents by a combined 55-22 this season.
“Like every team, we have to continue to get better because every other team is going to get better,” Howe said. “In every aspect of our game we can get better. We definitely have to be sharper on the faceoffs and our clearing.”
Gunner Arens and Noal Sobczak each played a half and combined to make four saves for the Ponies.
Mounds View 0 0 2 2 — 4
Stillwater 5 4 2 2 — 13
Goals — St, Blake Evensen 3, Joe Stengl 3, Quinton White 3, Ty Thureson 2, Nelson Summary and Cody Burger.
Assists — St, Summary 2, Thureson 2, White 2 and Evensen.
Saves — St, Gunner Arens 0-1-x-x—1 and Nolan Sobczak x-x-1-2—3.
Stillwater 13, E. Ridge 6
At Woodbury, a seven-goal second quarter helped Stillwater grab control in an eventual 13-6 conference victory over the Raptors on Thursday, April 25 at East Ridge High School.
The turning point came at an unexpected time for the Ponies after building a 5-2 lead in the second quarter. Stillwater was tagged with a three-minute non-releasable penalty, but instead of East Ridge taking advantage it was the Ponies who scored four straight goals while short-handed to push their lead to 9-2.
Ben Carle started the four-goal flourish with a goal and defensive midfielder Will Gleason followed with his first goal of the season. The Ponies kept winning possession and scoring goals while down a player.
“That was a significant turn of events,” Ponies coach Tom Howe said. “I can’t remember ever seeing that. To get the one goal was great, but then we got another one right off the faceoff. That was key to switch the momentum right back.”
Blake Evensen and Ty Thureson each totaled three goals while Nelson Summary chipped in with two goals and a team-high three assists.
“I think all the players were ready to play and ready to play right from the start,” Howe said. “We had good energy and effort all over the field.”
Gunner Arens finished with 11 saves.
“We’ve been pretty stingy for the most part,” Howe said. “They got one of their goals with a man up. It was definitely a good team win.”
Stillwater 3 7 1 2 — 13
East Ridge 0 2 2 2 — 6
Goals — St, Blake Evensen 3, Ty Thureson 3, Nelson Summary 2, Joe Stengl, Ben Carle, Will Gleason, Carter Bies and Quinton White.
Assists — St, Summary 3 and White.
Saves — St, Gunner Arens 2-4-4-1—11.
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