The Verona boys lacrosse team went 2-1 last week.
The Wildcats knocked off Oregon Monday, May 13, and then lost a battle to fourth-ranked Sauk Prairie the next day. On Thursday, May 16, the Wildcats rallied from an early deficit to top Stoughton.
Verona 10, Oregon 7
Six unanswered goals were more than the Oregon Panthers could overcome on Monday, giving Verona a 10-7 victory.
The first quarter featured goals by junior midfielders Xavier Howard and Sam Wood and senior attackman Graham Jeske.
However, the most notable was a 50-plus yard spot-on pass from sophomore goalie Luke Quakenbush to senior defensemen Logan Peterson, who dashed another 50 yards without hesitation to score.
The 4-4 tie at halftime was quickly broken as Verona’s offense exploded.
Back-to-back goals by Jeske and then junior midfielder Keegan Lindell gave Verona an 8-4 advantage.
Wood and Jeske found the back of the net another time giving Verona a six-goal lead. The Panthers fought back, scoring the last three goals of the game.
Sauk Prairie 13, Verona 10
The Verona lacrosse managers had their work cut out for them keeping track of all the goals scored in a conference game played at Sauk Prairie on Tuesday.
The Wildcats lost to fourth-ranked Eagles 13-10. It was a barrage of goals and a 5-0 deficit in the first quarter before Lindell scored unassisted to put Verona on the board.
Initially, it looked like the Eagles may run away with the game. The Wildcats chipped away at the deficit, tying it up at 9-9 with a goal by senior midfielder Aiden Bazala at the 3:54 mark in the third quarter.
Unfortunately, a quick strong left-handed shot by a Sauk Prairie player looping around from behind the net gave the Eagles the lead. Verona chalked up one more goal in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles added two more. While Verona didn’t win, it was the tightest win for Sauk Prairie since defeating second-ranked Middleton by two goals.
Junior midfielder Karl Sutter had a nice night of face-offs against the Eagles, enabling Verona to get control of the ball and keep the game within reach. Senior leadership from Graham Jeske and Maxx Kaminski helped to keep the Wildcats in the game as they combined for five goals. Bazala had two goals and junior attackman Devin Volk along with Howard and Lindell each had one.
Verona 15, Stoughton 8
After scoring the first goal, Stoughton held the lead for the first four minutes of the game on Thursday. But, that would be the last time they would be in control of this tightly-called matchup, as Verona stormed back for a 15-8 win.
Jeske found the back of the net first for Verona, and scores quickly followed by Volk and sophomore attackman Zach Thomas. A fourth-consecutive goal from Verona in just 1-1/2 minutes gave the Wildcats a 4-1 advantage with 6:20 remaining in the first quarter. Verona continued to out-shoot its opponent, heading into halftime with an 8-5 lead.
Junior midfielder Adam Bekx was first to score in the third quarter. While Stoughton found the back of the net two more times shortly thereafter, so did the Wildcats as Lindell added one more goal.
Junior defenseman Ollie Gauthier then raced down the field, feeding the ball off to Jeske for another goal. Bazala capped the scoring with a goal with one minute remaining in the game.
Jeske led the Wildcats with six goals, but it was a team effort, with the other nine other scores contributed by six different Wildcat players.