Boys’ lacrosse loses to Benilde

Team hopes for win, plays disconnected


Carissa Prestholdt

Senior Mitchell Vortherms catches ball during Park’s game against Benilde-St. Margaret’s April 19. Park lost against Benilde 2-15.

Isabel Kjaer and Sofia Seewald

According to senior William Lott, the 2-15 loss to long-time adversary Benilde St. Margaret’s failed to meet the team’s standards and goals.

“I mean, with the cross-town rival, we really wanted to come out with the win, but we just came out flat and we never really picked it up,” Lott said.

Senior captain Mitchell Vortherms said the team had hoped to play a close game against Benilde, however, the outcome did not turn out that way.

“We wanted to have a good game, though this one was definitely a lot closer than our last,” Vortherms said. “We were really hoping to stay with them, but that didn’t happen. Nothing really came out like we wanted it to.”

According to head coach Chris Bixby, the opposing team played at their best during the game.

“Benilde is good, they’re as good as they’ve ever been, and they will continue to be good,” Bixby said. “They’re physical, they’re big and they move the ball well. They are a tough team to beat.”

According to Vortherms, the team was not given the time they needed at practice to enforce their goals, while Benilde was able to practice outdoors, solidifying any weaknesses.

“Just the fundamentals we weren’t able to practice definitely showed through, and with Benilde having the cleared turf, they could practice the things that really gave them the advantage over us in this game tonight,” Vortherms said.

Vortherms said the team’s long-term unity off the field was unable to connect the group during the game.

“Most of us have been friends for so long that team bonding just happens naturally,” Vortherms said. “We hang out outside of school a lot. We got the chemistry, it just didn’t show on the field tonight.”

According to Lott, the senior group has unified themselves throughout their last season together, making this season particularly memorable.

“With the amount of seniors we have, I think we’re all coming together to try and make this last season really special,” Lott said. “I think we’re all connecting really well.”

Lott said before the next game, the team will focus on watching videos of themselves playing in order to analyze their strengths and weaknesses.

“We’ll probably watch some film, see where we made mistakes, see where we did good, and then we’ll hit practice hard and try to recover for the next game,” Lott said.

According to Bixby, the team needs to practice more outdoors, considering the number of important fundamentals that need practice.

“We’ve got a lot to work on. We just have to get on the field more because there are a couple of very clear things we can work on,” Bixby said. “It’s just going to take some more practices to reach our full potential.”

Boys’ lacrosse has their next game at 7 p.m.  April 23 at the St. Louis Park stadium against Roseville.