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Girls plays John Marshall

Sophomore Grace Smith jumps to win draw.

Sophomore Grace Smith jumps to win draw.

Emily Maine

Sophomore Grace Smith jumps to win draw.

Emily Maine

Emily Maine

Sophomore Grace Smith jumps to win draw.

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The Owatonna Girls Lacrosse team started off the season with a tough schedule facing non-conference opponents Lakeville South and Washburn. The team lost their both games, but it showed where their holes are as a team. Afterward they were able to work on their weaknesses in practice and bring those new skills into games. Besides those games and a recent loss to John Marshall, the team has been undefeated and has beaten every Big Nine school at least once. This puts them in place to be co-big nine champions with John Marshall. The team has a new assistant coach this year, Simone Steiskal. She said, “My goal is to leave a positive impact on my players and hoping they can continue their passion for this sport or other things in their future.”

Going into sections as a fourth seed, the team is relying on the chemistry they have developed in all areas of the field and the calmness they have while under pressure. With junior captain Leah Tucker back from an ankle injury, the team believes they will meet their goals but not without focus. Tucker said, “We are good about fixing our mistakes and continuing to find ways to make our team better.” The next girls lacrosse home game is at 7:00 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, May 28.