The Verona boys lacrosse team will begin defending its state championship as they enter into tournament play on Friday night as the 10th seed playing against seventh-seeded Milwaukee Marquette in Milwaukee.
Verona 13, Westside 3
Senior attackman Graham Jeske picked apart the Westside club on Monday, May 20, racking up four goals in the Wildcats’ 13-3 win over Westside.
Junior Midfielder Keegan Lindell took control when he started out the game with two goals in the first quarter against the Westside club. Westside comprises of Edgewood, West and Memorial high school lacrosse players.
Juniors Midfielder Sam Wood and attackman Devin Volk each scored a goal and before Westside got on the board. Those four goals would have been enough to win the game, but the Wildcats were not finished.
Volk added two more and Junior midfielder Xavier Howard scored on a pass from Junior Luke Grendahl. Senior Maxx Kaminski added another goal.
Junior Karl Sutter had two assists. Wood scored again in the fourth.
Verona 7, Waunakee 6
The last time Verona played Waunakee was at the 2018 Wisconsin lacrosse state tournament title game last June.
In that tightly contested game, Verona won the state championship.
Waunakee had circled this revenge game on its schedule on Tuesday, May 21.
With senior leadership from Graham Jeske, the Wildcats edged Waunakee, 7-6 on Senior Night and head into the state tournament with a three-game winning streak.
Jeske was just too much for the visiting team to handle. Jeske’s teammates helped with some passes and his quick shot selection propelled his team to victory.
Sophomore Zach Thomas, Lindell, Wood each contributed a goal. The game ended with Jeske’s final goal at the 2:25 mark in the fourth.
Eight Verona seniors played their last game on home turf, but their season is far from over as they head into their first state tournament playoff.