Girls’ lacrosse falls to Eagan

Park focuses on more practices outdoors


Hayley Westwood

Junior Aliviah Mcclinton scans the field for an open pass April 24. Park loses to Eagan 6-17.

Sophie Olmen and Hayley Westwood

According to junior captain Grace Lynch, even though the girls’ lacrosse team did not have many practices outside, the team went into the game with a good mentality.

“I really think we would have benefitted from having more practices (outside) but we had to go in with a mindset of knowing that we had to play with the experience that we had and not let the fact that we haven’t been outside very much defer us from confidence,” Lynch said.

Assistant coach Lauren Bruun-Bryant said the team will practice the skills that were challenging to perform inside the gym.

“I mean I feel like there was a solid effort but the thing is with the weather, we’ve had a total of four practices outside,” Bruun-Bryant said. “We’re hoping that with the weather being the way that it is that we are going to have more practices on the field. We are going to have more time honing those skills that need to be practiced on the field such as like transition, ground balls, things you can’t practice in a gym.”

Junior Halle Weinmann said even with a frustrating loss of 6-17 against Eagan, Park tried their best.

“I think that we did well being aggressive and trying to get the ball as much as we could and running it down once we got the ball,” Weinmann said.

Bruun-Bryant said the team did well on offense and defense components in this game.

“Our defense was pretty solid especially at the beginning. There was good communication throughout,” Bruun-Bryant said. “I think that we did really well on shots and challenging into the net.” 

Lynch said the team needs to work on moving the ball down the field.

“I think we really need to work on transitions like getting the ball down from defense to attack because we’re losing it in the midfield a lot,” Lynch said.

According to Weinmann, her goals for the team in the rest of the season are to play with a positive attitude.

“We just need to not get down on ourselves if we are doing bad, and just keep working as hard as we can because I know we cannot get back into the game if we’re down on ourselves,” Weinmann said. 

The next girls’ lacrosse game is against Totino-Grace at 6 p.m. April 27 at the St. Louis Park High School stadium.