Irondale duo signs college lacrosse tenders

Concordia University-St. Paul is starting an intercollegiate women’s lacrosse team in the fall. The first NCAA Division II lacrosse program in the five-state area will include two Irondale High School graduates.

The Golden Bears are bringing in 17 athletes, including Maddie Hentges and Maya Hernandez. Hentges and Hernandez are seniors on the Irondale girls lacrosse team this spring.

Hentges is a midfielder who also played hockey and soccer at Irondale. She is a two-time lacrosse all-conference selection and scored 76 goals last season as a junior. 

“Maddie is a player who will set the bar for our attacking standards,” Concordia head coach Mo Dunnigan said in a release. “Her nose for the net is going to be a huge asset for our program as she is a dominant goal scorer.”

Hernandez is an attacker who also played hockey and soccer at Irondale. She was named all-conference honorable mention after scoring 30 goals last spring.

“Maya has played the game for a very long time and has a great understanding for what we are looking for on the field,” said Dunnigan. “Her confidence with the ball and passion for the game is the foundation for our team and she is a great example of this.”

Irondale opened the season on April 15 with a match at Blaine and the Bengals held off the Knights for a 16-15 victory. Hentges led all scorers with six goals and added an assist for a seventh point while Hernandez added four goals.

The Knights are in action twice this week, including a trip to Champlin Park on April 20.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

 

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