The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' lacrosse teams were both eliminated from the Section 3A playoffs this last week.
The Raider boys-who entered the playoffs as the No. 8 seed-beat No. 9 TrIMAC 17-11 (their second win over the Blackhawks this season) on Wednesday, May 29, in Hastings. They then advanced to take on No. 1-seeded East Ridge and Hastings fell to the Raptors 24-1 to end their season.
Hastings 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.
Against East Ridge, the Raptors jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the first half with 12 first quarter goals and then 10 more in the second. Hastings lone goal came in the third quarter. The boys end their spring with an overall record of 7-8 including the playoffs-6-7 in the regular season-and they finished fourth in the MEC with a 4-3 mark. After having a senior-laden team during 2018 Hastings graduates just three seniors this spring: Leflay, Nogle and Jack Olson. They will potentially have seven seniors next season including goalie Alex Foster and Vieth at attack, along with to-be juniors in Thompson and Hagen.
The Hastings girls were the No. 9 seed and traveled to No. 8 Eagan on Wednesday where they lost 15-4.
The girls finished their 2019 season with a 3-11 overall record including the playoffs and 2-6 in the Metro East Conference which was good for fourth. Their two conference wins came against North St. Paul (11-3 and 8-3) along with a nonconference win at Robbinsdale Cooper, 11-7.
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.