Irondale girls lacrosse in the thick of the conference race

Although her team has gone more half of the regular season with only one loss, Irondale High School girls lacrosse head coach Wendy Frantz isn’t taking anything for granted.

The Knights improved their record to 7-1 with three victories, including a triple-overtime thriller, last week. Irondale begins this week tied for first in the North Suburban Conference.

“I’m very pleased so far, but anything can happen at anytime,” said Frantz. “We’re still taking it one game at a time.”

Thus far everything that has happened has been mostly positive. Irondale rattled off three straight victories to start the season and won those games by an average of nine goals. One of those wins was an 8-2 triumph over district rival Mounds View.

The only loss of the season up to this point came on April 21 at the hands of Breck. The Breck Mustangs beat Irondale 14-11, but the Knights rebounded by winning its next four games.

Included in that streak was a 14-13 win in triple overtime against St. Louis Park on April 29. Irondale added non-conference wins over Andover and Anoka later in the week.

The success the team has enjoyed this season hasn’t blinded Frantz and the coaching staff to things that still need to be worked on.

“We still need to work on our catching and our groundballs,” Frantz said. “So we’re still going to work on our fundamentals every day at practice.”

Leading the way again this season is senior Samantha Donovan, who sits atop the state leaderboard in goals and points. She began the week with 42 goals and 57 points.

“What she is is consistent,” Frantz said. “If you see her open, you know she’s going to catch it if you throw it to her. If there’s a groundball by her, she’s going to get it.”

Other top scorers for the Knights include sophomore Maddie Hentges (15 goals, 15 assists) and senior Alex Toupal (13 goals, 15 assists).

Irondale returns to conference action when it travels to Robbinsdale Cooper on Tuesday. The Hawks trail the Knights and Benilde by one game and need a victory to stay in the conference race. An Irondale victory would all but knock Cooper out of contention.

The second game of the week is a non-conference home tilt on Thursday against Rochester Century.

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North Suburban Conference girls lacrosse standings (Through May 4)

  Conf.  Overall Games behind
Benilde-St. Margaret’s 3-0 6-0 -
Irondale 3-0 7-1 -
Robbinsdale Cooper 2-1 2-3 1
St. Louis Park 1-2 4-3 2
Spring Lake Park 1-2 2-5 2
Totino-Grace 1-3 2-4 2 1/2
Columbia Heights 0-3 0-5 3



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