Minnesota Lightning hope Richmond's destiny is first-round playoff exit
The Lightning have put together an impressive campaign, compiling a 9-1-1 record and winning the Midwest Division of the W-League. They've routed the opposition by a combined 27-8. This despite losing their number one goalkeeper, Joanna Haig, to injury in the first game of the season. Offensively the largely homegrown squad is led by Edina native Caroline Smith. The striker has found the net ten times this year, while also dishing out six assists. Kelsey Hans is second on the scoring charts with six goals. "I think the chemistry of the players this year is great," says Lightning coach Danny Storlien "A lot of them have played together now for a second year."