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Girls Lacrosse: Royals romp to opening lacrosse section win

Woodbury's Julide Sengil goes into for a close shot in the second half against Hastings in Section 3A girls lacrosse Wednesday at Woodbury. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Jessica Franz of the Royals helped power the Woodbury offense with a big night.She closes in on a score here in late in the first half. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Woodbury sophomore midfielder Rachel Eastenson beams as she is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal late in the second half against visiting Hastings Wednesday. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Woodbury junior forward Alyssa Hanson passes to an open teammate early in a section game against visiting Hastings Wednesday. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

It was an easy win for the host Woodbury Royals. But now the battle gets much, much tougher.

Woodbury played perhaps its best lacrosse of the season and routed visiting Hastings, winning 16-3 in the first round of the Section 3A girls lacrosse playoff.

"We just played really well as a team and we passed really well," said Woodbury senior midfielder Jessica Franz.

The Royals struck quickly, grabbing a 2-0 lead in the first minute of play and led 7-1 at the half. The second half was more of the same as Woodbury dominated play before substituting liberally in the waning moments.

Eighth-seeded Woodbury improved to 3-10 on the season.

"Well I think this being possibly our last game we all just wanted to go out there and give it our all," said junior midfielder Isabel Sanchez of the Royals. "And we worked as a team and we worked together and got it done."

Awaiting the Royals, however, is a Friday evening match at top-seeded and No. 10 Cretin-Derham Hall (9-2). The Raiders bopped the Royals 14-2 during the regular season.

But for the first-round of the Section playoffs at least, everything went right for the Royals.

"I thought they did a really good job of moving the ball around," said Woodbury head coach Julie Fleming.

On the other side of the Section 3A bracket, seventh-seed East Ridge smacked St. Paul, winning 20-3.The Raptors will play at second-seed Park Friday.

"I thought they did a really good job of moving the ball around on attack, working quick to find the open cutters and doing a really good job of finding assisted plays to set up their teammates," said Woodbury head coach Julie Fleming. "Versus just running down the field, I really like when they can set up their teammates and make pretty assisted plays for their goals.

"And on defense, just really trying to make sure we're pressuring on the ball and really force some turnovers on defense," Fleming added.