Boys’ Lacrosse: Bengals throttle Coon Rapids to 9-0 start

Blaine boys’ lacrosse has been one of the shinning programs in the north metro so far this spring.

The squad is 9-0, 7-0 at the top of the Northwest Suburban Conference and ranked in the top 10 after a 21-2 win at Coon Rapids May 13.

Thirteen different Bengals scored against Coon Rapids, led by Eric Zickermann’s six points (five assists) and James Warner’s four points (two goals). Tyler Cline added three goals and three others collected three points.

Blaine’s Mac  Nadeau, right, shields the ball away from a Champlin Park player during a 10-9 win in Vadnais Heights April 24. Nadeau, a senior, leads the team with 25 goals and is second in points with 36.  Photo by Bill Jones

Blaine’s Mac Nadeau, right, shields the ball away from a Champlin Park player during a 10-9 win in Vadnais Heights April 24. Nadeau, a senior, leads the team with 25 goals and is second in points with 36.
Photo by Bill Jones

Zickermann not only leads the Bengals in points with 53, but is tied for the state points lead with Rochester Century’s Drew Applegath. Zickermann’s 39 assists lead the state.

For the third time this season, Blaine held its opponent to two goals, which is its season-low for goals against. The team has yet to give up double-digit goals, reaching nine goals against three times.

Three nights earlier the Bengals beat out Holy Angles 10-9 for a non-conference win against a high-profile club in Richfield. Blaine attack Ben Bulman led the way with five points (four goals) and Brenden Nadeau picked up his fifth win of the season in goal for Blaine.

The Bengals have a plus-85 goals differential, averaging 14.5 goals per game.

Austin Nastrom’s 4.17 goals against average ranks second in the metro behind Champlin Park’s Joey Dokken and Nastrom’s teammate Nadeau ranks 10th for goals against with a 6.61 average.

Spring Lake Park

The Panthers are 4-5 after losing three straight games against potent squads Totino-Grace, Elk River and Benilde-St. Margaret’s in five days by a combined 44-7 in the three games. Spring Lake Park regained its form in an overwhelming 12-3 win at Irondale May 9 before succumbing to Coon Rapids in overtime 12-11 May 10.

Markcus Mulvihill scored five goals (one assist), Sam Faulkner had five points and four assists, Jared Kroutil had four points and three assists and Skyler Fischer added a hat trick in the loss. Blake Johnson stopped 19 shots in the loss.

Mulvihill has a scored a team-high 25 goals (29 points) while Fischer has 17 points, Faulkner has 15 points and Dusty Aanerud-Voss has 10 points to round of the top four Spring Lake Park scores.

The Panthers end the regular season with three home games, finishing against Irondale May 21.

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