Twin Ports sports fans are used to hockey players and even the occasional basketball player committing to Division I universities to ply their athletic trade. But last week marked a first in the area when Duluth East junior Bryce Holak made a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Massachusetts-Lowell.
“BALL IS LIFE” is the slogan on the back of the Duluth Chargers’ warm-up T-shirts, and it’s a phrase the players have taken to heart this season. The Chargers (15-0) have barged into the Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association championship game against the same St. Louis Park team that ended their 2013 season in the semifinals. The teams meet at 8 p.m. today at Irondale High School in New Brighton. The Chargers were undefeated going into that match, too, but seemed overmatched against their opponent, falling behind 8-2 at halftime.
The Duluth Chargers lacrosse team found out how good it could be early this season when it routed No. 1-ranked Hudson 14-4. “I think that set the tone,” defensive captain Seamus Mackinaw said. “Once we took out a team like that, with that caliber of skill, we proved we could do anything.” Duluth went 13-0 this season and plays Proctor (7-4) in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association state tournament today in Mounds View.