Lacrosse: ERZ falls to Stillwater 17-8 at state

Stillwater's Carter Sanderson powered her way toward the net before launching one of her five goals. The goalie is Kim Scott and the defender is xxxx. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Stillwater’s Carter Sanderson maneuvers toward the net before launching one of her five goals. The goalie is Kim Scott and the defender is Krista Walstrom. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman lacrosse team’s first-ever state tournament experience was a bit humbling on Tuesday as they trailed Stillwater 13-2 at halftime, although they closed the cap to 17-8 in the second half, at Chanhassen High School.

ERZ's Kelsie Baker (9) tracks Stillwater's Ashlyn Jeline (6) carrying the ball. (Photo by Bruce Strand)(

ERZ’s Kelsie Baker (9) tracks Stillwater’s Ashlyn Jeline (6) carrying the ball. (Photo by Bruce Strand)(

“It was nice to get a few goals in the second half, and get our spirits back up,” said ERZ coach Stephanie Anderson. “We went into it thinking we could win if we came out strong. But they (Stillwater) have good players and they were quicker than us.”

Stillwater (14-2) was led by Carter Sanderson with five goals, Katherine Sheely with four and Emma Wiessner with three. The Ponies were adept at turning their backs to the defender in close and whirling for open shots.

Mackenzie Perna had both ERZ goals in the first half and wound up with three. In the second half, Emily Antony scored three goals, and Alleah Baltzer and Alix Zierden one each. Kim Scott was in goal throughout.

ERZ (13-4) drops into the consolation bracket against a familiar rival, Robbinsdale Armstrong (14-2), on Thursday at 1 p.m. in Chaska. Armstrong lost to Blake 15-5. In conference play, Armstrong beat ERZ 14-10 on May 13.

ERZ senior leader Makenzie Perna was hemmed in by Pony defenders including Natalie Bouman-Karns (11) and Ellie Anderson (left). The goalie is Marnie Bonine. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

ERZ senior leader Makenzie Perna was hemmed in by Pony defenders including Natalie Bouman-Karns (11) and Ellie Anderson (left). The goalie is Marnie Bonine. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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