Lacrosse: ERZ boys 1-1 after first week

The Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman boys lacrosse team has a 1-1 record after beating Robbinsdale Cooper 7-6 on Friday with Keaton Mumm scoring the game-winner in the final minute.


The Elks lost their opener to Spring Lake Park 9-2 on Tuesday, April 12. Their next game will be Monday at home against Andover.


The Elks had a 6- 3 lead on Cooper but made some poor shot selections, said coach Mike Williams, and the Cooper goalie cleared the ball effectively, leading to a burst of three goals by the Hawks that tied the game 6-6.


With just over a minute remaining the Cooper goalie blocked a shot and cleared it. The Hawks had the ball but the Elks intercepted and got the ball to Mumm running down the left side. The junior attacker punched in the go-ahead goal with about a minute left.


“We might do pretty well if the team, particularly the midfield, can mature,” said Williams. “Our strength is defense, with our attack very close to becoming as strong as our defense. ┬áMy major concern is the midfield. ┬áThat showed up in the first game.”


The defense played well that game but the Elks got beat too often on face offs and transitions, usually losing the ground balls. They trailed by just 4-2 at the half but broke down the second half and got outscored 5-0.


The Elks greatly improved on ground balls against Cooper, winning 34 to Cooper’s 14.


Senior midfielder Robby Pullar and senior goalie Hank Brady are key players, said Williams. In the win over Cooper, Matt Hauge at midfield and Travis Hanson at defense also had good games.


“Their sheer determination motivated everyone else to play better and helped us to win the game,” said Williams.


On a team with mostly underclassmen, the captains are seniors Pullar, Brady and Joel Hagin.


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