The Benilde-St. Margaret’s Girl’s Lacrosse team finished off the regular season with an impressive 11-2 record; the Red Knights won their conference with a perfect 6-0 record during in-conference games. “The regular season went really well. We only lost two games against the number one and two teams in state, so I was very pleased with our performance,” said junior Emily Schmitz.
In the section playoffs, they have won two games so far and will face the Blake Bears in the section final on Tuesday night. In their first matchup against Blake, which was during the regular season, the Red Knights lost 5-12. The Red Knights have been plagued by injuries, including top scoring senior Ali Praus and sophomore Aleksa Tataryn. “We are going to need to play smart and conserve our energy, but we have played well as a team all year and I don’t think that is going to change,” commented Schmitz.
With hopes of winning the section final and making it to the state tournament, the players continue to work hard and stay focused on the tournament–– even through finals. “I’ve been able to balance my academics with the stress of the section final, but it has been hard to not be distracted,” said sophomore Heather Mostrom.
The team has been led by top scoring seniors Ali Praus, who scored 35 goals, and Abby Sauer, who scored 30. With so many key players graduating this year, the team has some areas that they need to improve. According to Schmitz, “I think our team could improve on scoring early on in the game, and starting out strong.” The team is full of underclassmen blossoming with potential.