Boys Lacrosse: Senior heavy Warriors hope to make splash in 2022
The 2022 Brainerd Warriors Boys Lacrosse Preview
Brainerd Warriors head coach Adam Extrand will lean on experience for the upcoming season.
Brainerd’s roster has 15 seniors and five captains with players that have played varsity lacrosse for a few years.
“Thirteen of those seniors are returners,” Extrand said. “We have 10 juniors, 14 sophomores, seven freshmen, 13 eighth graders and five seventh graders in the whole program. Many of the seniors have been playing multiple years since they were seventh graders, so this will be the most experienced team we’ve had up to date.”
Last season, the Warriors finished with a 3-10 record coming off a 2020 canceled campaign.
“All our captains have at least four years of experience,” Extrand said. “They did a good job this winter with those who weren’t in a winter sport and organized captain practices. It’s the first season we’ve done that and I think after our seven or eight days of practice that they’ve been working at it.”
Leading goal-scorer Ethan DeRosier is one of the senior captains who will look to lead the offense. DeRosier had an excellent season on the gridiron where he led the football team in interceptions as a defensive back.
Other players on the attack for the Warriors are senior captain Jacob Holm and sophomore Taylor Madsen, who’s older brother Sam played as a senior last year and led the team in scoring.
“Tyler didn’t come out last year, but he’s good and has played a lot of years,” Extrand said. “He’s going to be a really great replacement — not that we can replace Sam — but he’s not too far behind his brother.”
At midfield, senior captain Cam Langerman is a returner who also comes off a football season that saw him finish second on the team in tackles.
“He has a lot of experience and is a super important piece of the puzzle this year,” Extrand said. “He may end up playing defense for us a little bit with his stick skills and athleticism.”
Along with Langerman, seniors Andrew Narlock, Landon Carey, Cole Mackow, David Rollins, Harry Seymour and Cullen Davis are all expected to be midfielders for Extrand.
“Mackow is one of our utility guys,” Extrand said. “He can play anywhere and he will be all over the place, but we will start him as a midfielder.”
The defense is anchored by senior captain Aden Extrand and new senior Brady Toensing. Junior Eli Wiskow as well as senior Eli Hanson and James Pierzinski will help the Warriors defensive core.
The Warriors will run with two goaltenders in junior Liam Luther and freshman Nolan Langerman.
“We have young goalies in our program,” Extrand said. “Eighth grader Eli DeRosier is and Nolan Langerman. Nolan had a little bit of varsity experience and we have a new goaltender that I recruited somewhat from our hockey team in Liam Luther. With his hockey experience and athleticism, he’s a good first-year player. We will run Liam and Nolan as our varsity goaltenders to start with Nolan and Eli playing some JV.”
Dawson Piepho is a fifth captain for the Warriors.
“They all got the same number of votes, so there was no way I could throw any of them out,” Extrand said of having five captains. “We will rotate them a little bit, but those five are amazing.”
Joey Wiskow joins Extrand’s staff as an assistant coach. He was one of the seniors in 2020 who lost his lacrosse season.
“We really lucked out with having him,” Extrand said. “He has lacrosse experience and got robbed of his senior year and I think he’s super excited to be a part of it again. First day out, he looked like he’d been coaching for several years and it’s probably one of the best things that’s happened to us this year.”
A goal for Extrand with this team is to beat some opponents they haven’t defeated yet and eek closer to .500.
“The experience means everything,” Extrand said. “Last year, I thought we were close to breaking through. We were able to be competitive in the majority of our games. The outcomes were much closer than the previous seasons. A lot of teams we’ve never beaten before, we are going to give them a run this year.”
Head coach: Adam Extrand, fourth year
2021 record: 3-10
Captains: Cam Langerman, Jacob Holm, Ethan DeRosier, Aden Extrand, Dawson Piepho.
Assistant coach: Zach Cadwell, Caden Scheflo, Joey Wiskow
Seniors: Dawson Piepho, Andrew Narlock, Landon Carey, Camden Langerman, Cullen Davis, Aden Extrand, Zach Horn, Jacob Holm, James Pierzinski, Harry Seymour, David Rollins, Cole Mackow, Eli Hanson, Ethan DeRosier, Brady Toensing
Juniors: Nico Buffetta, Noah Hines, Eli Wiskow, Tanner Karsnia, Liam Luther
Sophomores: Andrew Garding, Taylor Madison, Braedon Manecke, Kaleb Estrada
Freshmen: Gage Germanson, Nolan Langerman
Saturday, April 16: hosts Providence, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 19: at St. Cloud Crush, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 21: hosts Sartell/Sauk Rapids, 6 p.m.
April 25: hosts Rocori, 7 p.m.
April 28: hosts St. Cloud Apollo, 7 p.m.
April 29: at Grand Rapids, 6:30 p.m.
May 3: hosts Chisago Lakes, 7 p.m.
May 5: hosts Becker, 7 p.m.
May 9: at Sartell/Sauk Rapids, 6 p.m.
May 12: at Rocori, 6 p.m.
May 16: at Big Lake, 6 p.m.
May 17: hosts Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.
May 19: at Monticello, 6 p.m.
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