Rochester high school lacrosse season previews


Head coach:  Andy Roth, second year. Assistant coach:Bud Alcorn. 2010 record:6-8.

Season outloook:The team is mostly seniors and juniors, so Roth expects leadership and chemistry. He also notes  the defense all had a lot of playing time last year and the Panthers return two of the top attackers from a year ago, including leading scorer Jake Acker (35 goals).

Other key returning players are captain Brett Applegarth, junior middle Brian Christenson (10 goals and a team-leading nine assists) and senior goalie Ben Hain. Replacements must be found at middie, including faceoff.

Coach's comment:"If we play with strong discipline and work hard we should have a strong season, and we look to improve on our record from last year.."



Returning letterwinners

Seniors:  Jake Acker, Brett Applegarth, Andrew Dison, Bryce Duncan, Chris gould, Ben Hain, Mike Kelley, Luke Lampland, Alex Nordlund, Nick Pierce, James Stiving. Juniors: Brian Christenson, Ben Felmlee, Jared Mural, Preston Sycks, Erik Wennberg, Brett Thompson, Gage Menkosky, Graham Ketterling, David Birkholz. Sophomores: Drew Applegarth, Erik Rohleder. Freshman: Matt Birkholz.


Home games at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium

April 9 – Anoka 11, Century 9

April 12 – Lakeville North 7, Century 5

April 14 – at Columbia Heights, 6:30 p.m.


April 16 –  Rosemount, 3 p.m.

April 18 – Irondale, 6:30 p.m.

April 20 – at Rochester Mayo, 6:30 p.m.

April 26 – Farmington, 6:30 p.m.

April 28 –  at Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

May 2 – Woodbury, 6:30 p.m.

May 4 -- at St. Thomas Academy, 6 p.m.

May 7 –  John Marshall, 11 a.m.


May 10 -- at Chanhassen, 8 p.m.

May 12 – Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

May 16 – at John Marshall, 6:30 p.m.

May 18 – at Simley, 6 p.m.

May 25, 27, June 1, 3 – Section tournament

June 7-10 – State tournament


Head coach:Scott Swenson, first year. Assistant coach:Jessica Kiner, second year. 2010 record:0-13.


Season outlook:The team’s biggest strength this year will be depth, Swenson said. The  team is nicely balanced with seven seniors, nine juniors, nine sophomores, eight freshmen, 10 eighth-graders, and three seventh-graders. Of those, 26 are retuning players and 20 new players, "which makes for a bright future," Swenson said.

Key returning players are the three captains Brittany Cords, Julianne Klampe, and Morgan Heminger.

Coach's comment:"We are thrilled to see the increased level of interest in girls high school lacrosse. The team shows a lot of promise this year. We have good team speed and athleticism and we need to use this to our advantage. This year we feel we will be more competitive in conference play and have great potential to go to sections and win our first section playoff game."


Seniors: Brittany Cords, Gina Dacy, Morgan Heminger, Dani Horn, Julianne Klampe, Corrine Spaeth, Melanie Vincent. Juniors: Taylor Czaplewski, Allysa Dahl, Jessica Faunce, Anissa Finley, Hannah Fredrickson, Allie Kleppe, Kaylie LaPlante, Katy Maeder, Sasha Mandle. Sophomores: Lauren Cansino, Kate Daugherty, Maddie DeBolt, Angela Jiang, Rebecca Lornsung, Grace Miller, Alixandra Sahs, Sydney Sparks, QiYao Zhang. Freshmen: Katie Aney, Shelby Goose-Gram, Sheri Hawkins, Maddy Kircher, Ali Miller, Lizzie Nordlund, Neila Ouid-Ahi, Nicole Phillipps. Eighth-graders:Charlotte Berry, McKenzie Birkestrand, McKenna Bridges, Rachel Christensen, Abby Cunningham, Jessica Dahl, Micaela Den Hartog, Tida Gibson, Isabel Ilbuga, Dasia Mestad. Seventh-graders: Leah Batterson, Hayden Fredrickson, Tori Goose Gram.


Varsity game times shown, JV games start 1½ hours before.

Home games at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium


April 9 – Owatonna 13, Century 3

April 12 – Woodbury 12, Century 9

April 14 – at Columbia Heights, 6:30 p.m.

April 16 – at Rosemount, 1 p.m.

April 18 – Irondale, 6:30 p.m.

April 25 – at Rochester Mayo, 6:30 p.m.

April 26 – at Farmington, 6:30 p.m.

April 29 – John Marshall, 6:30 p.m.


May 5 – at Park, 7 p.m.

May 7 – Rochester Mayo, 3 p.m.

May 12 – at Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

May 16 – at Hill-Murray, 6:30 p.m.

May 18 – at Visitation, 6 p.m.

May 23, 25, 31, June 2 – Section tournament

June 7-10 – State tournament


Head coach:Mike Madden, third year. Assistant coach:Marc Olive. 2010 record:4-10.

Season outlook:Bryan King, Sean Griffin and Connor Nellans were starters back in 2009 and return this year. The team lost to Rosemount in the first round of the Section 3 tournament last year.

Coach's comment:None provided.


Returning letterwinners

Seniors:  Brett Vanderwiel, Tom Foley, Bryan King, Joshua Kelly, Vincent Levy, Casey Giordano, Conner Holthaus, Reed Miller, Dalton Haas. Juniors: Derek Weinschenk, Matt Potaracke, Vincent Welder, Jonathan Machutt,  Brandon Koster, Tyler Galde, Sean Wickman,  Payton Lee,  Connor Nellans. Sean Griffin, Ryan Petersen,  William Morice, Marcus Buehler, Dakota VanDemmeltraadt, Benjamin Benson, Jayden Schuster, Colton Herman, Bryan Kotschevar, Kyle Zigan. Sophomores: Ashton Praska, Lee Brandrup, James Casazza, Alec McGinn, Paul Holthaus, Kurt Bieniek, Cameron Miller, Tim Wente, Benjamin Lagerlund, Mitchell Hertel, William Elder, Samuel Muehlenbein. Freshman: Brandon Raehsler, Sean O'Donnell, Eric Schepp, Aaron Zigan, William Adamson, Tyler Gallaugher.


Home games at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium

April 8 – Anoka 12, JM/Lourdes 8

April 12 – Stillwater 13, JM/Lourdes 3

April 14 – at Owatonna, 3:30 p.m.

April 16 –  at Lakeville South, 7 p.m.

April 18 – at Farmington, 6:30 p.m.

April 26 – at East Ridge, 6:30 p.m.

April 27 –  Buffalo, 6:30 p.m.

April 30 – at Mayo, 11 a .m.

May 2 – at Simley, 6:30 p.m.

May 5 -- Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

May 7 –  at Century, 11 a.m.

May 16 – Century, 6:30 p.m.

May 20 – at Apple Valley, time TBA

May 25, 27, June 1, 3 – Section tournament

June 8, 10 – State tournament


Head coach:Maureen Sanderson, third year. Assistant coaches:Kerry McAllister, Amanda Rose. 2010 record:10-5.

Season outloook:Sanderson notes 18 of the 36 players have three years of playing experience which will help set the tone for the new players coming in this spring.  "We have a very competitive schedule this year," she adds. "Our ultimate goal is to work on improving as individual players and as a team so that we are stronger in May than we are right now."

Coach's comment:"It's nice to see the three Rochester teams improve year to year and we hope to have a strong showing here in Rochester as well as on the road."


Seniors: Marissa Bruesewitz, Megan Dekutoski, Laura DeVinny, Katie Ellingson, Sara Feldhusen, Tricia Fishbune, Hanna Larson, Mary Resman, Val Tracy. Juniors: Logan Adair, Angel Boeve, Kristen Brandhagen, Marissa DiCecco, Katie Erickson, Allison Galkowski, Emma Krauss. Sophomores:Madison Benton, Stacey Bornholdt, Jiana Chezick, Sydney Dison, Shelby Greer, Zoe Masterpole, Savannah Seeger.  Freshmen:  Mia Bruesewitz, Chloe Davidson, Ciera Hardyman, Lauren Jennings, Maggie Olstad. Eighth-graders:An-Hoa Nguyen, Carter Sanderson,

Samantha Schmid, Kate Valentine, Madison Wahlen, Betty Walter. Seventh-grader: Catherine Arendt.


Home games at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium

April 13 – at St. Louis Park, 6 p.m.

April 15 –  Bloomington Kennedy, 6:30 p.m.

April 19 – at Park Cottage Grove, 7 p.m.

April 21 – Farmington, 6:30 p.m.

April 26 – at White Bear Lake, 6 p.m.

April 29 – at Rochester Century, 6:30 p.m.

May 3 – Visitation, 6:30 p.m.

May 5 – at Owatonna, 6 p.m.

May 10 – at Eagan/Rosemount, 7 p.m.

May 13 – Rochester Mayo, 6:30 p.m.

May 14 – Eastview, 3 p.m.

May 17 – Lakeville South, 6:30 p.m.

May 20 – Minneapolis co-op, 6:30 p.m.

May 23, 25, 31, June 2 – Section tournament

June 7-10 – State tournament


Head coach:  Robert Cane, second year. Assistant coaches:Tom Patterson, Eric Gonzalez,

Abe Allen, Alex Heroff, Marcus Nigbur. 2010 record:9-4.

Season outloook:Cain says team strengths include a strong group of returning seniors led by captains Hagedorn, Rengstorf, and Jehnke; one of the top face off middies (Patterson) and one of the top goalies (Flick) in the state (both juniors), and team chemistry.

Question marks are defensive depth and the transition game, plus adjustment to a new coach.

Coach's comment:"We have a shot at winning our section. Mayo is looking to put Rochester on the lacrosse map this year with a tough schedule. Eagan, who eliminated Mayo from the section playoffs in 2010, will be our first of eight away games as the Spartans look to take revenge. We are looking at a 9- to 11-win regular season. After earning our first-ever section playoff win against Owatonna, the Spartans are looking to build on last year's success with a few more playoff wins."


Returning letterwinners

Seniors:  Joe Hagedorn, Adam Gibson, Kevin Gronseth, Jason Kappers, Avery Jehnke, Sawyer Lange, Ameet Sarkar, Matt Kachmarzinski, Joe Park, Thomas Hannon, Chase Laures, Marshall Rengstorf, Josh Sikkema, John Borkenhagen, Adam Halstead, Ryan Silber, Mark Miller. Juniors: Josh Newman, Mike Patterson, Seth Gilbertson, Peter Bartlett, Jacob Mestad, Grant Flick. Sophomores: Mike Fix, Matt Moore, Nick Fix, Troy Penz.


Home games at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium

April 12 – Eagan 10, Mayo 6

April 14 – at Lakeville South, 5:30 p.m.

April 16 –  at Lakeville North, 3 p.m.

April 19 – Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

April 20 – Century, 6:30 p.m.

April 23 – at Rosemount, noon

April 29 –  at Woodbury, 7 p.m.

April 30 – John Marshall, 11 a.m.

May 5 -- at Roseville, 7:30 p.m.

May 10 –  at Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

May 14 -- Minneapolis South, 11 a.m.

May 18 – Farmington, 6:30 p.m.

May 19 – at White Bear Lake, 6 p.m.

May 25, 27, June 1, 3 – Section tournament

June 8, 10 – State tournament


Head coach:Gary Tschann, second year. Assistant coaches:Jeanette Lorang Kiner, second year. 2010 record:6-7.

Season outlook:Third-year player and two-time letterwinner senior Lillian Lorang  anchors the defense. In goal, Rebbeca Graham had an outstanding 2010 season and has already shown improvement this year, Tschann said. Returning middies Miranda Halling, Allie Branch, Lauren Ulsh and Samantha Carlson should give a strong offensive punch. Only five starters return, so there are a lot of spots to fill.

Coach's quote:"The team is made up of athletic and intelligent girls eager to learn the game of lacrosse. Lauren Ulsh and Samantha Carlson should give us a strong offensive punch. Our schedule starts out playing some very strong teams and I hope what we learn early in the season will make us strong contenders at the end of the season."


Seniors: Michelle Bagwell, Ali Branch, Miranda Halling, Lillian Lorang, Alyssa Brownell, Nicole Knutson, Emma Rucinski. Juniors: Rebecca Graham, Lauren Ulsh, Samantha Carlson, Ella Cameron, Myra Franzone, Sugan Hamud, Jennifer Jacobson, Kali MacIiver, Jillian Thatcher, Rachel Troutman, Katherine Wright. Sophomores:Maddy Allman,  Erica Beebe, Ali Durigan, Olivia Kemp, Gabi Mintz, Emily Nelson, Jamie Poethke, Hannah Poppin, Claire Tomkins, Madison Tschann, Ashley Weber.  Freshman:  Jennifer Jones. Seventh-graders: Salina Leang.


Home games at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium

April 9 – Lakeville North 15, Mayo 4

April 14 – at Lakeville South, 7:30 p.m.

April 16 – Bloomington Kennedy, 11 a.m.

April 21 – at Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

April 25 – Century, 6:30 p.m.

April 26 – at Farmington, 6:30 p.m.

April 28 – Visitation, 6:30 p.m.

May 3 – at St. Louis Park, 6:30 p.m.

May 5 –  at Shattuck/St. Mary's, 6 p.m.

May 7 – at Century, 8 p.m. (at RRSS)

May 10 – Owatonna, 6:30 p.m.

May 13 – at John Marshall (at RRSS), 6:30 p.m.

May 19 – White Bear Lake, 6:30 p.m.

May 21 – Minneapolis Washburn, 11 a.m.

May 23, 25, 31, June 2 – Section tournament

June 8, 10 – State tournament

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