Tuesday’s marathon rain didn’t keep St. Louis Park lacrosse fans from witnessing a Section 6 double header against the St. Paul Bobcats that had both the boys and girls teams advancing to Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Opening the evening’s festivities was the Section 6 boys opening round game with Brody Ilstrup scoring five goals to lead the Orioles to a 10-8 win over the Bobcats.
Alex May’s rebound goal gave St. Paul the early lead. But St. Louis Park came back :42 later on a left side goal from Ilstrup. Bjorn Holm put the Bobcats back in front on an inside pass from Peter Dadlez. The Orioles would get their first lead on goals from Phil Wagner and Ilstrup. The lead was short lived as St. Paul got goals from Carter McCoy and Jack Bittner that put them ahead at the end of the first quarter 4-3.
McCoy would open the second quarter scoring for the Bobcats, going through two Oriole defenders and sending the ball toward the net. Jackson Lochan would counter for the Orioles. Dadlez would score on a line drive goal :43 later. St. Louis Park would wrap up the first half scoring with three unanswered goals. Lochan, Robbie Roethler and Ilstrup would tally to give the Orioles a 7-6 halftime lead.
To the third quarter as Ilstrup would put St. Louis Park ahead by two with his fourth goal. Holm would score his second goal for St. Paul off a centering pass from May and Roethler would respond :17 later to give the Orioles a 9-7 lead.
The Bobcats would strike quickly in the fourth quarter as Holm would score a hat trick :26 into the quarter. It would be all the scoring for St. Paul since Ilstrup would score his fifth goal with 2:29 remaining to clinch a quarterfinal berth.
St. Louis Park improved their record to 6-8 and will play the Holy Angels Stars in the Section 6 quarterfinals Thursday, May 28 at 7 PM in Richfield. St. Paul ended their season with a 5-5 record.
In the girls game, Anna Bear scored five goals to help the Orioles pull away from the Bobcats 15-1.
St. Louis Park would clinch their spot in the quarterfinals with an 11 goal first half. Baer, Sophia Noreen and Anna Roethler would give the Orioles a three goal cushion. St. Paul would get on the board on a goal from Anne Ritchart. It would be the only bright spot for the Bobcats since the Orioles would score eight unanswered goals. Baer would add three, Roethler two and one from Amy Schulz and SJ Jacobsson to forge ahead to an 11-1 halftime lead.
In the second half, St. Louis Park would add four more goals. Noreen would score the first two with the first one bouncing into the net. Baer would score her fifth goal and Brita Hunegs would score on a pass from Jacobsson.
The Orioles evened their record at 7-7 and advanced to the quarter finals, also on the 28th against the Breck Mustangs at 5 PM at Benilde-St. Margaret’s. St. Paul ended their season with a record of 1-12.