Wolverines Beat Duke City


Noah Shandler, Author

What sport has the movement of basketball, the contact of football, and the shooting of hockey? This is lacrosse — the fastest sport on two feet and the oldest game in North America.  Lacrosse is a sport where players run around with helmets and gloves, holding sticks, and looking for a white rubber ball that they try to put into a 6×7 net.

The Santa Fe Wolverines are a club lacrosse team that was founded this year in 2022 and plays out of Santa Fe High. The team primarily consists of students from Santa Fe High, but also includes members from Waldorf, Prep, and The Masters Program. As of May 11, the team is 5-2 in district play and is ranked number two in the state.

The team is coming off a huge 7-5 win against bitter rival Duke City, which was May 5 at Ivan Head Stadium. Asher Rosen and MJ Hutton had three goals each, and Finley Dordreau had one. Goalie Kiefer Fitzgerald helped solidify the win for the Wolverines late in the game with numerous clutch saves. 

Friday’s win was the first time in four years that a Santa Fe lacrosse team had defeated the Duke City Scorpions, who have made six straight finals appearances. Duke City also eliminated Santa Fe in last year’s state semifinal match, and had beaten them earlier this season as well. 

The Wolverines face off against Duke City once more in a crucial state semifinal matchup on May 12 at 4 p.m. at Tom Tenorio Park in Albuquerque. The winner will go on to the state finals the following Sunday morning.

Will the Wolverines slay the giant in Duke City and advance to the final? Or will their historic season come to an end? Only time will tell.