Overpowering Huskies roll on in lacrosse
After a 10-point win over Mankato in its season-opener, the Owatonna girls lacrosse team proved that was no fluke by winning its second consecutive game by 10 goals or more, this time beating the Northfield Raiders 12-1 on Thursday, April 22.
The Huskies got to a quick start. In fact, sophomore Annika “Annie” Moran got scored the first goal of the game less than two minutes into the game.
Then, less than four minutes later, she continued her hot start to the season by scoring another goal to increase Owatonna’s lead to 2-0.
Later, about midway through the first half, the Huskies tacked on another goal, but this time it was senior Allie Keller who scored the goal.
Moran recorded her second consecutive hat trick by scoring her third goal of the game with about nine minutes left in the first half.
Meanwhile, the Owatonna defense limited the Raiders to just a couple shots in the first half, with the majority of them off target.
Thanks to its strong defense, the Huskies led 4-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Northfield’s defense was closely defending Moran so other Owatonna players had to step up and senior Elizabeth Harder did just that by scoring her first goal of game to give the Huskies a 5-0 lead with about 20 minutes left in the game.
Junior Audrey Simon scored her first goal of the game to extend Owatonna’s lead to 6-0 with about 15 minutes left in the game.
Less than a minute later, she scored again to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead.
After not scoring since the first half, Moran collected her fourth goal of the game to make the score 8-0 with about 12 and a half minutes left in the game.
Then, almost exactly two minutes later, Simon became the second Husky to score a hat trick when she scored her third goal of the game.
Moran and Harder each scored another goal to increase Owatonna’s lead to 11-0 with about six minutes left in the game before Northfield scored its first and only goal of the game.
For good measure, Moran scored one more goal with about three minutes left in the game to give her six on the night and her second consecutive six-goal game.
Simon and Harder also each had a strong game. Simon scored three goals and tallied three assists, while Harder scored two goals and one assist.
Meanwhile, Husky goalie Zoe Anderson stopped four of the five shots she faced.
The win improves Owatonna’s record to 2-0.
The Huskies will try to keep their winning streak alive when they host Rochester John Marshall/Lourdes at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday.