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Bjella Scores Seven as Lakeshore Lacrosse Upsets No. 4 USM 9-4

The Ripsharks took 4-0 lead and never are caught in Thursday's victory. Quinn Mooney is the winning goalie.

The Lakeshore Ripsharks co-op lacrosse team upset the fourth-ranked University School Wildcats 9-4 win on Thursday.  

Lakeshore dominated the first quarter, capturing 21 ground balls to the Wildcats' 12. Short stick specialists Quinten Ziegler and Dakota Kwasny combined for five straight face-off wins to give the Ripsharks consistent possession throughout the quarter. Co-captain Anders Bjella made the most of the opportunities, scoring three points, with Ziegler netting another to finish the period 4-0 in favor of Lakeshore.

Riley Liegel scored his first goal of the season in the second quarter, ripping a top shelf strike from the right side of the box. USM came back with two goals by Jeff Walters for a halftime score of 5-2.

Alec Monaghan, a Lakeshore junior in his first lacrosse season, played a strong defensive game, picking up four ground balls and giving little ground to USM's talented attackman, Duke Butler.  Ripsharks Co-captain Andrew Reidy led the team in ground balls with eight.  Goalie Quinn Mooney faced 14 shots.

Despite the lopsided score, Lakeshore assistant coach Terry Combs wasn't satisfied with his team's play.  "We were our own worst enemy tonight," he said. "It seemed like every time one of the guys made a great play, someone else lost focus.  Our defense didn't allow them to maintain momentum and we were lucky to kill a large number of penalties with no points. We had some highlights, but are capable to doing much, much better."

Underclassmen John Jaekels, Dakota Kwasny, Jack Wegman and Liegel all showed great offensive moves against a veteran USM defense.  Senior Dante Giacobassi had an assist to keep his six-game consecutive point streak alive. Bjella finished with seven goals and an assist and is averaging 6.5 points per game this season.

The Lakeshore Lacrosse team includes players from Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Nicolet and Port Washington, along with other North Shore schools.

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