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SLP Orioles overcome early deficit to beat Cooper Hawks

It was Senior Night for the St. Louis Park Orioles Tuesday night and they celebrated with five goals from their leading scorer Lauren Brunn-Bryant as they bounced back from a three goal deficit to beat the Cooper Hawks 16-11.

The Hawks got off to a flying start in the first half when Maddy Boylan streaked down the middle, cut through the Oriole defense and sent the ball into the net. They went up by two on Kelsey Lutgen's goal and Carolyn Hepp heaped the ball toward the goal and the lead increased to three. The Orioles called time out as co-head coaches Katie Gliske and Kyle Sweeney settled the team down and they came on strong, scoring eight unanswered goals. Maddie Brown would record a hat trick and Anna Baer and Lauren Brunn-Bryant would tally twice. Amy Schulz would also score from St. Louis Park. Cooper would end the run with goals from Haley Sundquist and Lutgen, her second of the game and the Orioles would lead at the half 8-5.

Krisianny Flores would open the second half scoring for the Hawks, scoring on a free shot. Lauren Brunn-Bryant would pick up the hat trick, also scoring on a free shot. The Orioles would add two more goals from Molly Arntson and Lauren Brunn Bryant. Baer would score on a side shot after receiving a pass from Brown. Goals would come as fast as trains going down the railroad tracks near the stadium as both Cooper and St. Louis Park would score two apiece in a stretch of 1:24. Alyssa Burke and Sundquist would score for Cooper and Sophia Noreen and Arntson would find the net for St. Louis Park. Burke would also score he second goal of the game and Sundquist would conclude the Hawks scoring with 3:10 left. Lauren Brunn-Bryant would end the game's scoring with :05 left.

Prior to the start of the game, six St. Louis Park seniors were recognized. They were Lauren and Mac Brunn-Bryant, Arntson, Mary Pavia, Kate Sulzie and reserve goalkeeper Dana Kuenzi, who played in the second half.

Next season, Lauren Brunn-Bryant will be heading for the Bluegrass State as she will be playing for Georgetown College in Kentucky. The school will be playing its inaugural season in NCAA Division II competition in 2015.

The Orioles improved their record to 7-4 and will close out their regular season on Thursday, May 22 against the Holy Family Catholic Fire at 6 PM in Victoria. The Hawks lost their fifth straight game, falling to 3-8 and will end their regular season on Friday, May 23, hosting the Tartan Titans at 6:30.

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