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Woodbury boys lacrosse: Season opener a Royal treat

Woodbury senior Lee Broadbent and the Royals started the season with a 7-2 win over Roseville on the road on Monday, April 21. (Bulletin photo by Matthew Davis)

Excitement abounded among the young Woodbury Royals players so much that they all shook the referees hands following their season-opening win.

“We have a relatively new squad,” Royals coach Jason Worwa said.

The Royals held off Roseville in a 7-2 win on the road on Monday, April 21. Trey Lervick led the scoring for the blue-and-white with four goals and one assist.

“I thought our guys played with a lot of heart for the first-years,” Lervick said. “They’ve been playing like they’ve played in practice, and they’ve really worked hard in practice.”

Lee Broadbent scored a couple goals and assisted on one. Carl Leiviska also chipped in a goal.

Royals goalie Chris Rolfing stopped 15 shots to preserve the win. Woodbury had taken a 2-0 lead in first half, but the Raiders fought back in the third period with a pair of goals.

With a 4-2 game, the Royals showed poise on the road with three unanswered goals during a physical third period. Flags flew often, especially toward the end. Nonetheless, the Royals maintain composure to get the victory.

“I’m proud of these guys,” Worwa said. “They hustled very hard.”

Since their season opener, the Royals have taken a couple of losses to Mounds View and Farmington at home. Broadbent led the Royals with three points against the Mustangs on Wednesday, April 23 in the home opener.

Rolfing had nine saves, but the Mustangs gained momentum quickly with a 4-0 first period and held on for the 7-4 win. The Royals scored two goals in the fourth to cut the Mustang lead to three after trailing 7-2.

Against Farmington, Rolfing kept on his toes against the Tigers, stopping 25 shots. The Royals took a 2-0 lead, but the orange-and-black scored six goals in the second and third period to claim the lead.

The Royals (1-2, 1-1 Suburban East Conference) will look to get on track this week with Hastings coming to town on Wednesday at 7 p.m. A tough opponent awaits on Monday, May 5 when the Royals will go play SEC power Stillwater at 7 p.m.

—Matthew Davis