OHS Girls Lacrosse defends their title


Zach Nechanicky

Grace Smith about to throw the lacrosse ball

Parris Hovden , Writer

The Owatonna Girls Lacrosse team has been successful so far this season. The Huskies have a strong record of 7-1; the girls hope to keep this strong record rolling into sections.  Due to COVID-19, they were not able to play last year, but the season off the field has not affected their play thus far. They started the season against Mankato, coming out with a 15-5 win. The lacrosse team has high potential and are ready to challenge New Prague and Farmington at the end of the month. The Huskies are gearing up to face those two teams.

Captains this year include seniors Jenna Spatenka and Grace Smith, along with juniors Audrey Simon and Maria Mollenhauer. The team has set goals for both coaches and players this season. Ms.Licht said, “The girls have been working insanely hard this season and have been pushing themselves a lot harder than any girls lacrosse team in Owatonna ever has.”

 Each girl has their own role. Senior Grace Smith said, “Tea Boerner plays a big role because she plays backer for defense- she has to run behind everyone and essentially “back up” defense. She also is a defending player in the midfield and causes many turnovers.” 

This year, Ms. Dani Licht is the new head coach for the Owatonna Girls Lacrosse team, with challenges from COVID-19 and being unable to play last year, taking on this position is quite the role, but Licht is succeeding. So far with a successful team, she has enjoyed her experience with the Owatonna Lacrosse program. Ms. Licht said, “I am so unbelievably excited and proud to be back coaching in Owatonna. Owatonna has always had great lacrosse teams and I’m happy to be pushing the girls to the next level of play.”

Owatonna Girls Lacrosse is hoping to continue their success throughout the entire season, which will be expected with their recent play. The younger girls on the team are working hard to show their support to the graduating seniors. Much like other OHS sports, the season started later than usual, making it shorter.

 The Huskies will push hard to beat the remaining teams. For home games, fans are welcomed at the OHS field while wearing masks, but if unavailable to attend, the Huskies will be livestreamed by Owatonna Live. The next lacrosse game will be Saturday, May 15 at 5:15 p.m. facing Rochester Mayo in Rochester.