Heading into this season, Minnehaha Academy girls’ lacrosse coach Hannah Lundstrom had the challenge of getting girls from Minnehaha Academy, DeLaSalle and Gentry Academy to play together – and be successful.
After winning just five games in 2017, third-seeded Minnehaha Academy added another accomplishment to its turnaround season as the Redhawks dispatched top-seeded Cretin-Derham Hall 18-12 on Thursday night to win the Section 3 championship and advance to the first state tournament in school history.
Minnehaha Academy (13-2) got out to a 3-0 lead in the first half thanks to a pair of goals from eighth-grade midfielder Jay Rosga and a goal from senior midfielder Grace Heiting.
As the game continued, Heiting continued to power her team’s offensive attack. The senior finished with seven goals in the win. Rosga, meanwhile, was the second-leading scorer with five.
Cretin-Derham Hall (11-3) attempted to keep up with the Redhawks with its own offensive outburst. Junior midfielder Anne Marie Rhoda and sophomore forward Kiera Ryan each had three goals in a losing effort for the Raiders.
With the win, Minnehaha Academy advances to next week’s state tournament. The seeding and matchups will be determined on Saturday.
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