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Woodbury girls lacrosse: Royals wallop Tartan 20-5 in season opener

The Woodbury girls lacrosse team started the 2013 season with a bang.

Off a 1-10 year last year - its first as a solo program - the Royals beat section foe Tartan 20-5 in last week's season opener. Similar to Woodbury a year ago, Tartan is new to the Minnesota State High School League this season.

In the win, Woodbury senior Blair Fanning and sophomore Catherine Henning each tallied seven points to lead the Royals. Fanning had three goals and four assists and Henning scored four goals and notched three assists.

Also, Grace Wood scored three goals and added an assist, Maya Schulte scored three goals, Hannah Wise had two goals and an assist, Nitika Gupta and Taylor Kugler each scored two goals and Martina Jaruszewski had a goal and an assist. In the net, Madison Lorenzo had 11 saves and earned the win.

"This is what our program is about, having multiple girls have the opportunity to score with many amazing assists," Woodbury first-year head coach Taylor Deetjen said. "We had wonderful defense, as well as phenomenal play from our senior goalie Madison Lorenzo."

Woodbury began Suburban East Conference play on Monday, after the Bulletin went to print, against Mounds View. The Royals lone SEC win last year came over Hastings.

Next up, Woodbury welcomes rival Park to Royal Stadium on Wednesday then travels to Forest Lake on Saturday. In the SEC this year, Cretin-Derham Hall, Roseville and Stillwater - who were all 8-1 in conference play - are expected to again lead the way. Stillwater will also likely be the team to beat in the new-look Section 4. Other tough section teams will likely be Mahtomedi and White Bear Lake.

"We are very excited for our first conference game as our season continues to progress," Deetjen said.