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Girls Lacrosse: Warriors net program record 7th win

Brainerd hosts Sartell/Sauk Rapids May 18

Brainerd's Breya Sawyer runs with the ball against Sartell/Sauk Rapids.
Brainerd's Breya Sawyer runs with the ball against Sartell/Sauk Rapids Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Brainerd.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
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BRAINERD — It was a record breaking night for the Brainerd Warrior girls lacrosse program Wednesday, May 18, at Adamson Field.

The Warriors dispatched of the Sartell/Sauk Rapids Storm’n Sabres 20-6 to reach a program record seven wins.

Senior Brynne Folden led the charge with seven goals to help get the Warriors to the milestone.

Breya Sawyer chipped in four goals as 10 different Warriors scored to get a season-high 20 goals.

“I think it shows that we’ve been around for five years and that’s when all our seniors have been with us,” Warriors head coach Mata Agre said of the program's wins record. “It shows how much they’ve progressed and how much we’ve progressed as a team and how comfortable we are with each other. Hopefully it’s more than seven by the end of the year.”

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Folden scored three of the first four Warrior goals as they took a 4-0 lead seven minutes in.

After Isabella Kohout scored one of her four goals for the Storm’n Sabres, the Warriors scored four straight with Avery Mulholland scoring two of them to take an 8-1 lead.

The Warriors went into half up 9-4, but scored 27 seconds into the second half when Lila Collins scored her second goal of the season.

Carol Holcomb-Smith followed with a goal at the 21:21 mark of the second half to make it 11-4.

“We definitely gave it our all,” Agre said. “It was a little bit of a slow start for us, but we really took advantage of our skill in the second half and it felt like we didn’t drop many passes which made a huge difference for us.”

Brainerd's Mercedes Engstrom runs with the ball against Sartell/Sauk Rapids.
Brainerd's Mercedes Engstrom runs with the ball against Sartell/Sauk Rapids Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Brainerd.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Grace Aadland scored a goal followed by Mercedes Engstrom to make it 13-5. Folden scored her fifth goal 14 seconds after Engstrom’s goal and Sawyer notched her fourth goal to make it 15-5.

Folden scored two more times and Megan Praught scored as well to make it 18-5 with two minutes left.

“Since the first couple of games we’ve focused on making sure we spread the ball around,” Agre said. “Whether that shows up in the scoresheet or not. We did a good job of passing the ball and getting a lot of people in the game.”

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In the last two minutes, Emerson Holcomb-Smith, who usually plays defense, and Macy Peterson, who usually plays goalie, scored goals for the Warriors to put the cherry on top.

Peterson recorded 11 saves in net before being moved to attacker.

The game was the first of three games in three days for the Warriors. They’ll host Monticello in their final home game of the season Thursday and travel Friday to play Greenway/Grand Rapids.

The Warriors will then end their season Tuesday against Hermantown/Proctor before heading to section playoffs.

“Monticello is in our section, so that’s a big game for us,” Agre said. “We had a tight matchup with Grand Rapids in our first matchup where we were missing some players, so we are excited to see what we can do in those two games.”

Sartell/Sauk Rapids 4 2 — 6

Brainerd 9 11 — 20

First half: Brd-Brynne Folden 22:53, Brd-Folden 22:17, Brd-Breya Sawyer 20:38, Brd-Folden 18:37, SSR-Isabella Kohout 17:34, Brd-Sawyer 15:12, Brd-Avery Mulholland 13:56, Brd-Folden 12:44, Brd-Mulholland 10:57, SSR-Annika Crane 8:58, SSR-Kohout 8:41, Brd-Sawyer 7:41, SSR-Kohout 1:13

Second half: Brd-Lila Collins 24:33, Brd-Carol Holcomb-Smith 21:21, SSR-Delaney Dinger 17:07, Brd-Grace Aadland 15:44, Brd-Mercedes Engstrom 12:29, Brd-Folden 12:15, Brd-Sawyer 10:29, SSR-Kohout 9:31, Brd-Folden 7:34, Brd-Megan Praught 3:30, Brd-Folden 2:32, Brd-Emerson Holcomb-Smith 1:12, Brd-Macy Peterson 0:29

Goalies: Brd-Macy Peterson (11 saves)

Overall: BRD 7-3. Next: Brainerd hosts Monticello 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

CONRAD ENGSTROM may be reached at 218-855-5861 or conrad.engstrom@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/the_rad34.

Started at the Dispatch in June of 2019.
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