One Hastings lacrosse team saw their season come to an end Wednesday night, May 29, while the other advanced in the Section 3A playoffs. The Raider girls-who were the No. 9 seed-traveled to Eagan to take on the No. 8 Wildcats in Section 3A where they lost 15-4 and saw their season end. The No. 8-seeded Hastings boys hosted No. 9 TrIMAC Wednesday as well and won 17-11.
The Hastings boys led TrIMAC 5-1 early on before the Blackhawks went on a 6-0 run to take a 7-5 lead. From there the two teams went back-and-forth until the Raiders were able to forge a 13-9 lead and never looked back, going on to win 17-11. Senior Kyle Nogle led Hastings with eight goals, junior Cody Vieth added five and senior Corbin Leflay, sophomore Ethan Hagen, junior Dane Olsen and sophomore Alex Thompson all scored as well.
The Raiders will play at No. 1 seed East Ridge on Friday, May 31. The winner of that game would play the winner of No. 4 Woodbury and No. 5 Cretin-Derham Hall. On the bottom half of the bracket, No. 7 Simley beat No. 10 Henry Sibley and will play at No. 2 Eagan. The winner of that game faces either No. 3 St. Thomas Academy or No. 6 Park.
The Hastings girls' season comes to an end after going 3-10 in the regular season with two Metro East Conference wins over North St. Paul and another victory over Robbinsdale Cooper. They were still a very young team this season but more experienced than last and seem ready to make another jump next spring. The Raiders graduate six seniors this year-Alexi True, Taylor Hofmeister, Libby Judge, Brooke Bauer, Mackenzie Stricker and Emily Meyer-but they have just two juniors who will be seniors next year. However, they did have 12 sophomores and a freshman on the team this season that will be their backbone the next few years. This was head coach Corwyn Berg's second season at the helm of the Raiders.