Boys Lacrosse: Warriors share ball in win – Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD — Eight different Brainerd Warriors scored in their 9-4 win over the Big Lake Hornets Thursday, May 2, at Adamson Field.

Of the eight scorers, three of them scored the first goals of their career.

“That was a huge part of our win,” Brainerd head coach Adam Extrand said. “We’ve been talking about how we have been leaning on a few guys the last few games. Our goal today was to win the ground balls and share the ball. “We had three guys score their first goal.”

Triston Kubista was one of those three as he scored with 13 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Warriors a 3-1 advantage.

The Warriors scored three goals in the final 1:07 of the first quarter after Big Lake scored the first goal.

Tate Oium and Kaleb Estrada each tallied first-quarter goals.

In the second quarter, the Warriors outscored the Hornets 4-0. Oium added a second goal and Neven Blum scored his first-ever goal.

Brainerd’s Gaje Germanson angles the ball against Big Lake on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Brainerd.

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Braedon Manecke and Gaje Germundson found the net as well for Brainerd to take a 7-1 lead into halftime.

“We had really good ball movement tonight,” Extrand said. “In some of the past games, we were getting the ball and trying to isolate and go one-on-one. Tonight we really moved the ball well and part of that is we were able to get their defense out of position and work the ball in the middle of the field.”

Eli DeRosier notched eight saves for Brainerd. His last line of defense is the reason the Warriors have surrendered six or fewer goals in all their wins.

“Just stop shots and stuff them,” DeRosier said of his mindset as a goalie. “I try to grind in and out of practice. “You have to put in the time off the field to get better than everyone.”

Brainerd’s Taite Knapp runs with the ball against Big Lake on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Brainerd.

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Extrand added DeRosier’s saves helped Brainerd’s offense.

“It’s not just saving the ball. We cleared the ball really well tonight,” Extrand said. “Guys are finding gaps and Eli is hitting guys who are open. “It really sets up our offense and gets us into plays.”

Big Lake bounced back with the first two goals of the second half cutting into the margin.

Andrew Garding scored a goal with 2:15 left in the third quarter as Brainerd went into the fourth quarter with a five-goal lead at 8-3.

With four minutes left, Wyatt Elder was the final Warrior to score his first varsity goal to put the game away.

It’s a two-game winning streak for the Warriors as their next five games are on the road starting with Tuesday, May 7, at Sartell/Sauk Rapids.

“It’s good to win a couple in a row,” Extrand said. “This is huge for seeding. We play these guys in a week and if we can sweep it we could probably get us to the best seeding we have ever had. That’s been one of our goals this year.”

Brainerd's Braedon Manecke passes the ball against Big Lake on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Brainerd.
Brainerd’s Braedon Manecke passes the ball against Big Lake on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Brainerd.

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First quarter: BL-Cade Fagen 1:59, Brd-Tate Oium 1:07, Brd-Kaleb Estrada 0:33, Brd-Triston Kubista 0:13

Second quarter: Brd-Tate Oium 8:00, Brd-Braedon Manecke 7:08, Brd-Neven Blum 5:01, Brd-Gaje Germundson 3:34

Third quarter: BL-Declan Weber 10:41, BL-Beau McCrone 9:23, Brd-Andrew Garding 2:15

Fourth quarter: BL-Fagen 10:09, Brd-Wyatt Elder 4:00

Goalies: Brd-Eli DeRosier (8 saves)

Overall: Brd 4-3. Next: Brainerd at Sartell/Sauk Rapids 6 pm Tuesday, May 7.

CONRAD ENGSTROM may be reached at 218-855-5861 or [email protected]. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/the_rad34.

 
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