2012 Rochester lacrosse season previews


Head coach: Gary Tschann, third year. Assistant coaches:Nikki Anglen, Abbey Karth. 2011 record:2-11.

Season outlook:Team strengths are intelligence and athleticism, Tschann says. Rebecca Graham returns in goal and he looks for strong midfield play led by seniors Lauren Ulsh, Ella Cameron and Sugan Hamud. "At attack with returning starters Myra Franzone and Jamie Poethke running our offense I hope to increase our goal scoring," he adds. Sam Carlson is a  returning starter on defense, making that the area of concern for the first part of the season.

Coach's quote:"We have record numbers this year with 45 players, but over half of them have little or no lacrosse experience. I expect us to learn what it takes to win early in the season and have a strong second half."



Returning letterwinners

(*denotes captains)

Seniors: Ella Cameron (M), *Samatha Carlson (D), *Myra Franzone (A), Rebecca Graham (G), Sugan Hamud (M), Rachel Troutman (A), *Lauren Ulsh (M). Juniors:Madeline Allman (D), Erica Beebe (A), Alexandra Durigan (M), Olivia Kemp (M), Gabrielle Mintz (M), Jamie Poethke (A) , Claire Tomkins (D), Madison Tschann (M), Ashley Weber (M).

Other leading candidates

Seniors: Kali Maclver (A), Jennifer Jacobson (A). Juniors: Hannah Poppen (A), Madeline Friedman (A). Sophomore: Christina Utz (A) . Eighth-grader:Selina Leang (A).


(Home games at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium)

April 9— Prior Lake 14, Mayo 4


April 14— at Apple Valley, 2:30 p.m.

April 17— at Eagan, 6:30 p.m.

April 20— at Anoka, 6:30 p.m.

April 24— at Visitation, 6 p.m.

April 26— Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

April 28— Spring Lake Park, 11 a.m.

May 2— at Century, 5:15 p.m. (at RRSS)

May 5— John Marshall, 11 a.m.


May 10— at Columbia Heights, 6:30 p.m.

May 12— Century, 11 a.m.

May 15—Farmington, 6:30 p.m.

May 17— at Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

May 21, 23, 29, 31— Section tournament


Head coach: Scott Swenson, second year. Assistant coach:Jessica Kiner. 2011 record:2-14.

Season outlook:Swenson indicates that there is a good level of talent on the team and there is "constant competition for varsity playing time," so some less-experienced players might emerge. Those returning after making strong contributions include the three senior captains Jessica Faunce, Kaylie LaPlante and Taylor Czaplewski; junior Rebecca Lorsung, sophomores Katie Aney and Nicole Philipps; and freshmen Abby Cunningham, McKenna Bridges and Rachael Christenson. Of that group, Faunce and Czaplewski play defense; LaPlante, Philipps, Aney, Christenson and Bridges are midfielders; Cunningham is a goalie; and Lorsung is a forward.


Coach's quote:"Down about 10 players from last year's tea(M), an outsider might think that the Century team is in trouble. But that's not the case at all. Extremely talented players come from all grade levels, and many have spent their off seasons either improving their skills specifically or playing another sport that can't help but be beneficial to them on the lacrosse field as well."


Returning letterwinners

(*denotes captains)

Seniors:*Jessica Faunce, *Kaylie LaPlante, *Taylor Czaplewski, Katy Maeder, Hannah Fredrickson. Juniors:Kate Daugherty, Rebecca Lorsun(D), Grace Miller,  Sydney Sparks. Sophomores:Katie Aney, Sherri Hawkins, Maddy Kircher, Nicole Philipps,  Lizzie Nordlund. Freshmen: McKenzie Birkestran(D), McKenna Bridges, Rachel Christenson, Abby Cunningham.


(Home games at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium)

April 10— at Prior Lake, 7 p.m.


April 12— Columbia Heights, 6:30 p.m.

April 16— at Irondale, 6:30 p.m.

April 18— John Marshall, 6:30 p.m.

April 19— at Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

April 24— Farmington, 6:30 p.m.

April 27— Spring Lake Park, 6:30 p.m.

April 30— Visitation, 6:30 p.m.

May 2— Mayo, 5:15 p.m. (at RRSS)


May 7— John Marshall, 6:30 p.m.

May 10— Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

May 12— Mayo, 11 a.m.

May 17— Shattuck-St. Mary's, 6:30 p.m.

May 21, 23, 29, 31— Section tournament


Head coach:Kerry McAllister, first year. Assistant coach:Amanda Rose. 2011 record:  9-4.

Season outloook:McAllister, previously an assistant in the program, takes over for Rochester lacrosse pioneer Maureen Sanderson. Leading scorer Hannah Larson has graduated but Reese DiCecco, who led the team in goals two years ago and was second behind Larson last year. Ciera Hardyman and Emma Krauss also had multiple-goal games in 2011 and return. Mia Bruesewitz returns in goal. JM/Lourdes was seeded sixth in Section 3 last May and lost 12-9 to No. 3 seed Apple Valley. The team was 10-5 in 2010.


Seniors: Allison Galkowski, Emma Krauss, Julie Thelen, Taryn Hardyman, Marissa DiCecco, Katie Erickson. Juniors :Stacey Bornholdt, Jiana Chezick, Sydney Dison, Shelby Greer, Zoe Masterpole.  Sophomores:  Mia Bruesewitz, Chloe Davidson, Ciera Hardyman, Lauren Jennings, Maggie Olstad. Freshmen:Alejandra Gonzalez-Espinosa, Allyson O'Connor, An-Hoa Nguyen, Andie Thayer, Anna Branstad, Ashley Sonnier, Betty Walter, Brieanna Lee, Danielle Polansky, Elizabeth Smith, Gabrielle Hansen, Holly Axtell, Jacy Jacobson, Jenna Juth, Kate Valentine, Madison Wahlen, Olivia Lovett, Samantha Schmid, Sarah Kelly, Veronica Branson. Eighth-graders:Catherine Arendt, Katherine McBane.


(Home games at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium)

April 18 –Century, 6:30 p.m.

April 20 –  Park Cottage Grove, 6:30 p.m.

April 21– at Anoka, 1 p.m.

April 27– at Visitation, time TBA.

April 28– White Bear Lake, 7 p.m.

May 1– Hastings, 6:30 p.m.

May 3– Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

May 5– Rochester Mayo, 11 a.m.

May 7— Century, 6:30 p.m.

May 8– at Holy Family Catholic, 6:15 p.m.

May 15– at Faribault Shattuck-St. Mary's, 6:30 p.m.

May 21, 23, 29, 31— Section tournament


Head coach: Andy Roth, third year. Assistant coach:James Alcorn. 2011 record:3-11.

Season outlook:Experience and maturity are a plus with nine letterwinners (all of them seniors or juniors) plus 11 other seniors on the squad. Roth calls the defense the "foundation" for the tea(M), led by Preston Sycks, Grahm Ketterling, Ben Felmlee, Brett Thompson, Nick Waara and  goalie Eric Rohleder. On offense, Brian Christenson, Drew Applegath and Erik Wennberg are expected to lead the way.

Coach's quote:"We expect our seniors to provide leadership and to be an example of hard work. Also we expect to see a number of our underclassmen step up and fill some vital roles."


Returning letterwinners

(*denotes captains)

Seniors:Brian Christenson (M), Benjamin Felmlee (D), Graham Ketterling (D),* Preston Sycks (D),

Brett Thompson (L) 12. Juniors:Drew Applegath (A), Eric Rohleder (G),  Nicholas Waara (L), Matthew Birkholz (M).

Other leading candidates

Seniors:Benjamin Andre (M),  David Birkholz (D),  Paul Freeman (G), Andrew Hawkins (M),  Lukas Lovelace (M),  Gage Menkosky (M), Jesse Moeckly (M),  Braydon Moran (M),  Jared Murl (M),  Tyler Prentice (D), * Erik Wennberg (A).  Juniors:Brandon Den Hartog (M),  Evan Mannenbach (M),  Sean Martin (D). Sophomores:Brayden Danielson (M), John Roberge (M),  Jordon Wadewitz (M),  Spencer Warfield (M). Freshmen: Jonathan Brushaber (A),  Seth Buryska (D), Aaron Jenkins (D), Grant Leet-Otley (M),  Keller Leet-Otley (M),  Tyler Pearson (D), Joseph Pundt (D), Mitchel Rosin (A),  Carter Scrimshaw (A),  Ryan Sherden (M),  Carter Warfield (M),  Garrett Wohlford (G), Eighth-graders: Aaron Ajke (D), Jonathan Trachsel (M),


(Home games at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium)

April 13— at Roseville, 7 p.m.

April 16— at John Marshall, 6:30 p.m. (at RRSS)

April 19— Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

April 21— at Prior Lake, 3:30 p.m.

April 23— Mayo, 6:30 p.m.

April 24— at Farmington, 6:30 p.m.

May 2— John Marshall, 8:45 p.m.

May 5— Simley, 1:30 p.m.

May 8— Chaska, 6:30 p.m.

May 11— Anoka, 6:30 p.m.

May 14— St. Thomas Academy, 6:30 p.m.

May 16— at Woodbury, 7 p.m.

May 18— at Minneapolis Roosevelt (Parade Stadium), 6 p.m.

May 21, 23, 29, 31— Section tournament


Head coach: Marc Olive, first year. Assistant coach:  Todd Emanuel, Matt Erredge. 2011 record:3-11.

Season outlook:Olive says he has "17 talented seniors and a promising group of underclassmen" on the squad. Among the returnees is leading scorer Sean Griffin, who scored eight goals in the opener on Tuesday. Olive says he expects the three Rochester teams to be evenly matched.


Returning letterwinners

(*denotes captains)

Seniors: Benjamin Benson, Marcus Buehler, *Sean Griffin, Colton Herman, Benjamin Lagerlun(D), Payton Lee, *Connor Nellans, Matt Potaracke,  Derek Weinschenk, Sean Wickman, Kyle Zigan. Juniors: * Paul Holthaus, Cameron Miller.

Other leading candidates

Seniors: Tyler Galde, Phillip Jensen, Brandon Koster, Jonathan Machutt, Ryan Petersen, Jayden Schuster, Vincent Welder. Juniors: Kurt Bieniek, Lee Brandrup, William Elder, Mitchell Hertel, Samuel Muehlenbein, Dustin Peskey, Ashton Praska, Tim Wente. Sophomores: William Adamson,Tyler Gallaugher, Brandon Raehsler, Sean O'Donnell, Fernando Ramos del Toyo, Eric Schepp, Aaron Zigan.


(Home games at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium)

April 9 —John Marshall/Lourdes 11, Park Cottage Grove 5

April 11— at Bloomington Jefferson, 6 p.m.

April 16— Century, 6:30 p.m.

April 19— at Hastings, 6 p.m.

April 21— La Crosse, 1 p.m.

April 24— at Buffalo, 6:30 p.m.

April 25— at Mankato, 6:30 p.m.

April 28— at Robbinsdale Cooper, 3 p.m.

May 2— at Century, 8:45 p.m. (at RRSS)

May 3— Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

May 7— Mayo, 5:15 p.m.

May 9— Farmington, 6:30 p.m.

May 16— Hastings, 5:15 p.m.

May 21, 23, 29, 31— Section tournament


Head coach: Tom Patterson, first year. Assistant coaches:Abe Allen, Marcus Nigbur, Steve Patterson. 2011 record: 8-6.

Season outloook: Grant Flick has been starting goalie for three years and Mike Patterson has played on varsity since eighth grade. They are the team's two senior captains. "These two do everything for our team on and off the field," coach Patterson says. Two twin brothers, MIchael and Nick Fix, are the other returning starters, although MIchael is switching from midfield to attack. Nick plays defense. "We expect big things from these two as well as our faceoff personnel, Jacob Orvidas and Matt Moore," coach Patterson adds.

Coach's comment:"A combined Mayo/Century winter league team dominated all of the Twin Cities competition in our division. The Mayo/Century team suffered only one loss to an all-star team on a Saturday when several of our first-line players were participating in their primary sport (basketball or hockey) or taking the ACT. The Mayo/Century team went on to win the league championship by having the best record overall, suffering only this one loss."


Returning letterwinners

Seniors: Nick Johnson (A),  Grant Flick (G), Mike Patterson (M), Seth Gilbertson (M), Jacob Mestad (D), Ben Gillard (D). Juniors:  Matt Moore (L), Case Hansen (A), Jacob Orvidas (M), Nick Fix (D), Troy Penz (G), Mike Fix (A) 11, Zach Lorang (D).  Sophomores: Campbell McClees (G), Matt Roe (M), Wyatt Ryan (M), Loren Lorang (M), Tommy Fjelsted (M), Jeff Craig (M). Freshmen: Ethan Moore (A), Dylan Boysen (M),  Justin Adams (M), James Johnston (L).


Home games at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium

April 11 —  Lakeville South, 6:30 p.m.

April 16 –Owatonna, 8:15 p.m.

April 17– Eagan, 6:30 p.m.

April 21 –at Bloomington Kennedy, 6 p.m.

April 23 –at Century, 6:30 p.m. (at RRSS)

April 26 –at Stillwater, 7 p.m.

April 28 –at Burnsville, 7:30 p.m.

May 5 --at Anoka, 1 p.m.

May 7 –at JM/Lourdes, 5:15 p.m. (at RRSS)

May 10 --at Minneapolis Southwest, time TBA.

May 12 —Roseville, 1:30 p.m.

May 15 –at Farmington, 6:30 p.m.

May 18 –Rosemount, 6:30 p.m.

May 21, 23, 29, 31— Section tournament


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