ERZ lacrosse previews

ELK RIVER-ROGERS-ZIMMERMAN LACROSSE, GIRLS

Coach – Jeannette Bankes (head), Stephanie Anderson, Jeremy Dupe, Rita Walstrom
Opener – April 12 at Spring Lake Park
Returning senior starters – Kayla Mills (attack), Nicole Hanson (mid), Becca Leshovsky (attack) …Other returning varsity – Emily Antony (fr), Alleah Baltzer (fr), Michelle Kilmstra (so), Jordan McLaughlin (fr), MacKenzie Perna (jr), Kim Scott (jr), Holly Skalsky (jr), Marissa Soppeland (jr), Krista Walstrom (jr) and Abbie Wuollet (jr)
New varsity – Whitney Dunlevy (so), Shelby Frankamp (jr), Courtney Reistad (so), Crystal Soderberg (jr) and Alix Zierden (so) … goalies Tori Herrman (sr) and Ariana Schneiderhan (fr)
Captains – Hanson is captain; Leshovsky, Mills and Perna are assistant captains, chosen after extensive tryouts.
Coach says – “The ERZ program has developed nicely with two consecutive winning seasons. … The most exciting part of coaching these female athletes is their growing passion for the sport. Several are now playing on the elite level (Lakers). Our community has very talented athletes.  We all recognize some standouts from hockey; this same ability is translating onto the lacrosse fields. … The goal is to continue to raise the bar.”

ELK RIVER-ROGERS-ZIMMERMAN  LACROSSE, BOYS

Coach – Thomas Haugen (head), Brad Olson, Mark Leland, Robbie Pullar
Opener– April 10 at Spring Lake Park
Probable starters – Goalie: Jacob Brenteson (jr) … Attackers: Ryan Heid (sr), Keaton Mumm (sr), Cameron Bursch (jr) … Mids: Matt Madsen (sr), Josh Tripp (sr), Wyatt Hansen (jr), Matt Hauge (sr) … Defenders: Travis Hansen (so), Joey Rumreich (sr)
New coach – Thomas Haugen, a geography teacher at Ramsey Junior High in St. Paul, played high school lacrosse for Hopkins and one year at UM-Duluth. He previously coached at St. John’s University.
Coach says – “We are still working on things but I think we have good talent. We are junior- and senior-laden. We’ll be underdogs and I hope we can surprise some teams.”

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