Lacrosse: ERZ girls clip Knights 12-9

Alix Zierden (20) races upfield with the ball. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Alix Zierden (20) races upfield with the ball. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Alix Zierden, who has emerged as the scoring leader for Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman this year, flipped in four goals as the Elks held off St. Michael-Albertville 12-8 at home Friday evening.

The Elks are 4-5 this year after graduating three high-scoring players the past two years with another transferring to another school. They went to state last year.

It was hard losing those players,” said Zierden, a senior center, “but we brought up some really good players and worked hard in practice to compensate for it. I was hoping we’d be a little above .500 but we’ve still got a couple more games.”

ERZ's Michelle Klimstra is double-teamed by STMA's Taylor Robarge (4) and Becky Panuska (42) as the ball comes loose. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

ERZ’s Michelle Klimstra is double-teamed by STMA’s Taylor Robarge (4) and Becky Panuska (42) as the ball comes loose. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Zierden said lacrosse is “my favorite sport that I’ve ever played. I like all the running.” She also likes the center position “because I don’t have any restrictions on where I can go.”

Michelle Klimstra and Alleah Balzer  each added two goals and Kelsey Baker, Jessica Edwards, Annie Dalton, and Kaetlyn Gfroerer one each. Cassie Conrad was in goal.

The Elks got off to a good start by controlling most of the draws, built a slight led, then pulled away in the second half. They were up 11-6 before STMA closed the gap with two goals late in the game. Zierden got the final goal with 20 seconds left.

“We were a little sluggish in the first half,” said assistant coach Rita Walstrom, “but as the game progressed we got calmed down and pulled it together.”

Head coach Stephanie Anderson was absent for a wedding.

Shae Maetzold, Rachel Bourget and Molly Slaughter each scored two goals for the Knights (4-5).

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