LaMere’s goal lifts Angels past Spartans in No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle

In one of the biggest match ups of the season, Bella LaMere broke a 4-4 tie on Saturday with 28 seconds remaining to give No. 2A  Academy of Holy Angels a 5-4 win over top-ranked Orono.

The Stars opened the scoring in the first minute of the game when Masyn Mullin put them up 1-0 with assists to Avery Mullin and Audrey Garton. Orono then scored twice for a 2-1 lead after the first period. Zoe Lopez and Anna Rausch both netted goals for the Spartans. Alexa Niccum, Grace Bickett and Lopez earned assists.

The second period was all Academy of Holy Angels who outshot the Spartans 23-8 and scored three goals. Audrey Garton, Anya Anderson and Masyn Mullin all scored for a 4-2 lead.

But the Spartans rebounded with goals in the third by Anika Fortin and Maddy Kimbrel to tie it 4-4. Kimbrel’s goal came in the last minute while short handed, but LaMere won it eight seconds later with her 17th goal of the season.

Holy Angels won the shots battle 43-34. Zoe Rimstad had 30 saves to earn the win in goal. Vivienne Anderson had 38 saves for the Spartans.

Due to the win for Holy Angels, they took over the top spot in the rankings while Orono fell to No. 2.

The top five remained the same and not much changed in the top 10. Section 5A looks to be the toughest section to date with five teams in the top 12.

A little over two weeks remain in the regular season as teams will fight for section seeding.

LPH Girls Class A Rankings – Jan. 16, 2024

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TeamSectionRecordLast Week
1. Academy of Holy Angels4A13-2-32
2. Orono5A13-5-11
3. Duluth Marshall7A16-1-13
4. Dodge County1A15-2-04
5. Warroad8A14-5-05
6. Proctor/Hermantown7A11-7-16
7. Mound Westonka/Southwest Christian 5A13-5-17
8. Crookston8A14-5-19
9. Breck5A12-6-010
10. South St. Paul4A11-8-08
11. Delano/Rockford5A11-7-011
12. Pine City Area5A11-5-112
13. River Lakes2A11-6-314
14. Willmar2A12-5-015
15. Albert Lea1A13-3-016
16. Fergus Falls6A10-9-113
17. Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato2A9-10-120
18. Luverne3A10-6-017
19. Moose Lake Area7A10-8-118
20. Hutchinson2A10-8-119