Boys’ lacrosse surging towards sections

Through the first 11 games of the season, the BSM boys’ lacrosse team has had its highs and lows. The team started the season 1-3, but has since gone 7-2 to give them a record of 8-5 as they near the end of the season.

Senior Lucian Parece credited their practices as a reason for the turnaround. “Our only changes after starting the season so slow were increasing the intensity of our practices and striving to come out harder in games,” Parece said.

In the past seven games, one of the wins included a victory over section opponent Blake. “The win against Blake was huge because it was the first time my class has ever beaten Blake at the varsity level. We are keeping in mind, though, that it was just a regular season game. So we were happy with the win, but we know that it does not define our team, so we are continuing to work hard so we can win some games when it matters,” Parece said.

Another great moment of the season was an overtime victory against Chanhassen. “My favorite moment so far this year was beating Chanhassen in overtime. Our defense had an unreal man down stop, then Turner Wine put away the game winning goal,” Parece said.

We know how good we can be, and we know we can beat any team in the state if we play our game

— Lucian Parece

Throughout the season, the team has had many key players who have contributed to some key wins. “Brian Arnold, Quinn and Griffin Ehlen, and Ben Scherer have been doing a great job leading our offense and putting goals away, and Carston Swenson and Cade Gleekel have been helping to keep our defense loud and tough against some talented offenses we have faced. Also, Mason Deterding has been doing a great job at faceoffs, which really gives our team the edge we need,” Parece said.

The Red Knights played Holy Angels and Edina in their final two regular season games, beating Holy Angels 14-9 and losing to Edina 9-10, who is the #1 team in the State.  The team has a lot of confidence and feels optimistic about their chances of competing in the section and possibly getting to the State tournament. “I’m really looking forward to proving that we are not the BSM lacrosse team of the past few years.” Parece said.

There is no question that if the defense can keep shutting opponents down and the offense is putting up points, then the team has a good chance of making some noise in the postseason.  Their first Section 5 game is on Thursday, June 2, at 7:00pm against Breck School.