Elk River 5th-6th grade lacrosse goes to state

Front (from left): Joshua Daniel, Zigi Bekeris, Zach Cellette ... Middle (from left) ... Back (from left): Alec Germscheid, Coach Robby Pullar, Tyler Thorson, Colton Hansen, Max Friese, Dylan O'Connor, Coach Lucas Hansen, Bauer Schreckenghaust, Noah Odegard, Jack Hendrickson, Eli Clusiau, Hunter Kivley, Coach Dave Hansen, Ben Libby.

(Submitted by Alisa Friese)

When the Elk River 5th and 6th grade boys lacrosse team took the practice field this spring, not even one boy had played the game before. But with hard work and determination, this new team earned a spot in the state tournament July 29–31 in Eden Prairie.

“There was a huge learning curve,” said coach Dave Hansen. “The fact that these boys made it to state their first year playing lacrosse is unheard of. We are really proud of them and the work they put into lacrosse this season.”

Elk River players celebrated a district win over Blaine that sent them to state. (Photo by Marlys Thorson)

Hansen coached the team during spring league and passed his responsibilities on to son Lucas Hansen and Robby Pullar for the summer season. Both are recent Elk River High School graduates and former lacrosse players.

The 19-player team had a 5-1-2 record in the regular season, then beat Andover and Blaine at the district to earn a trip to state, where they lost to Chaska, Maple Grove, Eastview and Anoka Black.

“We were up against some tough competition,” said Lucas Hansen. “But we played hard, scored goals and had fun.”

“We were proud to have made it to state this year and honored to have competed against some really experienced teams,” said Robby Pullar. “It was a blast!”