The Irondale girls’ lacrosse team is off to the best start in program history, thanks in part to midfielder Maddie Hentges.
The sophomore has tallied 17 goals and 16 assists this season, helping the Knights to an 8-1 record as of Monday.
Hentges and senior midfielders Samantha Donovan and Alex Toupal have scored 80 of Irondale’s 120 goals this season. The three played hockey together and helped the Knights reach the Class 2A, Section 5 semifinals. They also played on the varsity soccer team.
“They have the chemistry together,” first-year lacrosse coach Wendy Frantz said. “They can always find each other on the field or on the ice, but that’s not to say that they don’t pass to other people.”
Hentges talked with University of Minnesota student reporter Nate Gotlieb last week about the lacrosse team’s success this season and her relationship with Toupal and Donovan.
Q: Why has your team been so successful under coach Frantz?
A: She just makes us work really hard and ... pushes us to make us do our best every day.
Q: This year you’re averaging about two goals per game. What’s been the key to your success?
A: My teammates, obviously, they just pass me the ball, and our great defense and goalie, Rebekah Sinn, our new goalie, she’s really good, too, this year. She stops a lot of goals and passes the ball up to me.
Q: What’s it like to play lacrosse with so many of your hockey teammates?
A: We have really good chemistry, so it’s really nice. I can just tell where they are on the field, and we can pass the ball, and I can just trust them really well, especially Samantha Donovan and Alex Toupal.
Q: What’s it like to play with Donovan and Toupal?
A: It’s a really cool experience, because I know they’re going to play college hockey next year [Donovan is going to Brown and Toupal to Amherst College] and they’re really good athletes. So they just push me ... to try my best every day.