Lacrosse: ERZ girls fend off Maple Grove 12-10

ERZ's Mackenzie Perna (13) carried the ball while pursued by Maple Grove's Annali Sather. in the first half. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman girls outlasted a formidable Maple Grove squad 12-10 at home Monday evening, improving to 5-2 for the season.

ERZ freshman Emily Antony tossed in five goals and assisted on two others, while senior Kayla Mills had four goals and two assists.

Becca Leshovsky, Mackenzie Perna and Alix Zierden delivered the other goals. Perna and Emily Heid made two assists each and Leshovsky one.

Michelle Lynch (5) of the Crimson raced toward the ERZ goal, minded by Tori Herrmann, with Jordan McLaughlin (17) on defense. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Maple Grove (6-2) had a tall, powerful shooter in Michelle Lynch and a speedy midfielder in Brittany Throndson to lead their attack.

Coach Jeannette Bankes noted that her team’s passing and shooting were both a little off their normal form.

“They (the Crimson) tried to double team my top three offensive players,” she said, meaning Antony, Mills, and Perna who are ranked among the state leaders in goals and/or assists. “The score did not reflect the amount of shots we took. Unfortunately the players were not shooting corner ground shots. ┬áDefinitely glad we took the win.”

Becca Leshovsky of ERZ raced up the field with the ball with Elizabeth Kurpiers of the Crimson in pursuit. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Leading the ERZ defensive effort were Alleah Baltzer, Michelle Klimstra and Courtney Reisad. In goal, Tori Herrmann took on 21 shots, and stopped 11.

ERZ now has two road goals, at Anoka on Wednesday and Buffalo on Friday.