Boys’ lacrosse challenges opponent

Park falls to Kennedy 16-2 on senior night


Ella Hammerstrand

Junior Parker Brynildson avoids Kennedy’s senior Andy Trenary and looks to move the ball upfield. Despite losing, Park forced Kennedy to use multiple timeouts throughout the game.

 After a season of shutouts and blowouts, Park finally felt that it was able to unleash some of its potential, according to assistant coach Aaron Peterson.

“Today we proved that our hard work is paying off, even though the score did not reflect what we really wanted,” Peterson said. During the game May 21, Park was able to execute plays and successfully deny the opponent on multiple occasions, according to freshman Riley Swanson.

“A couple times we got the ball around and got some shots off,” Swanson said. “I think overall we actually played a good game.”

The game was played during heavy rainfall. According to Peterson, Park was not inhibited by the rain and likely benefited from it in certain situations.

“The rain affects every team differently,” Peterson said. “I think this group of boys is pretty special in the fact that it didn’t stop the momentum.”

Apart from successfully applying its practice to the game, the team also showed Kennedy its physical power, according to Peterson.

“I think they were a little shook up,” Peterson said. “I think they weren’t expecting us to come out as hard as we did, with all the energy we did.”

According to senior Noah Houser, although Park’s season is nearing its end, the players improved significantly and kept their spirits even in the toughest situations.

“I felt like I did good, it was one of my better games,” Houser said. “We made a couple of goals and we had a couple good slides.”

Houser said he reflected on the season and his career during the game.

“The last high school season is coming to an end,” Houser said. “It has been a good run.”

Despite an unfulfilling and challenging season, the team bonded quickly and celebrated one of the final high school games for the seniors, according to Swanson.

“I’ve only gotten to know them for a little bit but I consider them family and it’s sad to see them go,” Swanson said.

Park will face Jefferson 5:30 p.m.May 23 at St. Louis Park Stadium for its final conference game, according to MN Lacrosse Hub.