Bengals take care of Andover, 10-4, in boys’ lacrosse opener at Maple Grove dome

 

Blaine and Andover boys’ lacrosse teams opened the 2013 spring season late Tuesday evening at the Maple Grove Dome.

The season opener featured a slower opening half tied 3-3 in what Blaine coach Josh Swart said was more of an individual style of game instead of executing given plays or systems. After a halftime meeting, the Bengals turned things up a notch on the Huskies and took control for a 10-4 final score.

Blaine’s S. Culshaw-Mauer, right, controls the ball on an attack, while Andover’s Alexander Daniel tries to defend the play during the season opening 10-4 win against Andover April 23 at the Maple Grove dome. Photo by Bill Jones

Blaine’s S. Culshaw-Mauer, right, controls the ball on an attack, while Andover’s Alexander Daniel tries to defend the play during the season opening 10-4 win against Andover April 23 at the Maple Grove dome. Photo by Bill Jones

“We were able to talk with them and run some better things in the second half,” said Swart, who kicked off his sixth season guiding Blaine.

Blaine’s Eric Zickerman had a game high five assists and six points followed by Ben Bulman with a hat trick and one assist, while senior Mac Nadeau added a pair of goals.

Senior goalie Austin Nastrom posted six saves to win the opener inside on the neutral-field artificial turf.

“The guys handled it all right,” Swart said. “It’s been a while since they played inside on turf and the ball bounces differently off the turf.”

Swart was impressed defensively by the play of Cody Johnson, who held Andover attacker Nick Tollinger to one goal after he tallied 68 points in 2012.

Blaine had a chance to scrimmage outdoors in between snowstorms against Benilde-St. Margaret’s and Minnetonka.

Blaine is off to the right start after losing the last two section finals by one goal. Last season Totino-Grace ended the Bengals’ hopes of reaching the state tournament.

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