Monday, June 7, 2010
Lacrosse (B), Lacrosse (G)
State Lacrosse Tournament
Eden Prairie girls to defend title; new boys’
champion to emerge
Five of eight qualified teams making
The Minnesota State High School League will conduct its fourth
tournament for girls and boys June 8-11. Although the schedule is
change, as of Sunday, June 6, all four semifinal games will be played at
High School , with the boys
playing on Tuesday, June 8, and the girls playing on Wednesday, June 9.
third-place and championship games will be played at
School , with the boys competing on Thursday, June
10, and the girls competing on Friday, June 11. Potential graduation
may require an adjustment of the schedule which, if necessary, will be
the League Web site.
Prairie girls will defend their title and earned the No.
1 seed for the fourth year in a row. Runner-up The Blake School of
may have something to say about that. Three of the boys’ teams are
tournament appearances, including Wayzata which knocked off defending
in the section final.
The boys’ semifinals will be played at
High School on Tuesday, June 8. The
Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights earned the No. 1 seed and are the
with any previous tournament experience. In the coaches’ association
rankings, Benilde-St. Margaret’s was No. 2,
Eagan was No. 5, and Totino-Grace was No. 6.
Wayzata was unranked.
No. 1 Seed – Benilde-St. Margaret’s, St. Louis Park (14-1) vs.
No. 4 Seed
– Wayzata (11-6) at 6:00 p.m. The Red Knights are making their second
appearance. They won the inaugural state tournament in 2007 and still
record for fewest goals allowed in a tournament (11). Senior attacker
Dodds, who is committed to play D-I lacrosse for Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, Conn., leads the team with 94 points on 73 goals and 21
Second –leading scorer, senior attacker Ryan Butts with 42 goals and 28
has also committed to Sacred Heart. Senior midfielder Sean O’Toole (14
assists) is a third player who has committed to D-I Lafayette College in
Penn. Senior goaltender Connor Gallagher (12 goals in five games) and
goaltender Thomas Gilligan (46 goals in 10 games) have allowed opponents
average of four goals per game while their teammates have averaged
Benilde-St. Margaret’s defeated Totino-Grace of
Fridley twice (12-5 and 12-7) during the
regular season. Wayzata’s inaugural tournament appearance was assured
8-5 section final win over defending champion
Minnetonka . The Trojans have not played any
other tournament qualifiers. They have about a three goals-per-game
over opponents. Sophomore attacker Eric Fong leads the team with 58
points on 35
goals and 23 assists. Senior attacker Sean Keogh added 50 points on 18
32 assists. Junior attacker Ryan Biek is the leading goal-scorer with
goaltender Hunter Stemmer has played in all 17 games and has turned away
shots on goal.
No. 2 Seed – Totino-Grace, Fridley (14-3)
vs. No. 3 Seed –
Eagan (12-4) at 8:00 p.m. Both teams are making
first tournament appearances. The Eagles of Totino-Grace lost twice
12-7) to Benilde-St. Margaret’s during the regular season. Senior
Giuseppe Palermo leads the offense with 33 goals and 21 assists. Senior
midfielder Nik Colpitts added 27 goals and 22 assists. Senior Ryan
the most minutes in goal and has 104 saves.
Eagan has not played any other tournament
qualifiers. Senior midfielder leads the offense with 41 goals and 10
Senior attacker Kyle Sturgeon added 13 goals and 27 assists. Sophomore
Peterson handles most of the duty in front of the goal and is 12-4 with
saves. Neither team provided any team statistics.
The third-place is scheduled at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 10,
School . The championship game is scheduled on the
same field at 8:00 p.m.
The girls’ tournament is scheduled to begin with semifinals at
High School on Wednesday, June 9.
Eden Prairie is
the top seed for the fourth consecutive year and is competing for its
state championship. The
School , the 2009 runner-up, is the only
other team to win a title (2008) and is the No. 2 seed. In the final
association poll, Eden
Prairie earned the top rating, followed by Blake at No.
2. Lakeville North/South was No. 10 and Mounds View was
No. 1 Seed – Eden
Prairie (16-1) vs. No. 4 Seed – Mounds View (13-3) at
6:00 p.m. The Eagles of Eden Prairie are making their fourth consecutive
overall appearance. They are defending their title and won the
inaugural title in 2007. During regular-season play
Eden Prairie defeated both
The Blake School and Lakeville North/South by 15-6 scores. Senior
Kist leads the offense with 70 goals and 43 assists. Senior forward Maya
added 41 goals and 37 assists. Ninth-grader McKenzie Johnson was the top
for Eden Prairie
and made 134 saves this season. The Eagles provided no team statistics.
View is making its debut appearance at this year’s tournament. The
not face any other tournament qualifiers this year. Mounds View provided
statistics and incomplete individual statistics.
No. 2 Seed – The Blake
Minneapolis (13-3) vs. No. 3 Seed – Lakeville
North/South (15-1) at 8:00 p.m. The Bears of The Blake School, who
championship in 2008 and were the 2009 runners-up, return in search of
in fourth consecutive and overall appearance. They lost 15-6 to
Eden Prairie in their last
regular season game. Sophomore midfielder leads the offense with 99
points on 71
goals and 28 assists. Junior forward Hillary Crowe added 45goals and 14
Sophomores Bailey Dunning and Anna Dworsky share the goaltending duties.
has the most minutes and made 80 saves. Dworsky had 30 saves. Blake did
provide team statistics. The Lakeville North/South co-op is making its
tournament appearance and lost a regular season game to
Eden Prairie 15-6. Senior
midfielder Danica Cutshall has 95 points on 61 goals and 34 assists.
midfielder Olivia Perry added a team-leading 71 goals plus 12 assists.
Ninth-grade forward Abbie Ness has a team-leading 52 assists plus 30
Junior Nora Vee has the most minutes in goal and has made 166 saves. The
has scored 262 goals.
The third-place game is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Friday,
School , followed by the championship game at 8:00
While the premise is the same for both boys’ and girls’ games,
also several key differences. The girls play 25-minute stop-time halves,
game is played with 12 players: a goalkeeper, five forwards, and six
The girls’ game is also considered a non-contact game.
The boys have 10 players on the field at a time: a goalie, three
defensemen, three midfielders, and three attackers. They play four
Players of both genders may pass, catch or run with the ball in
Minnesota was the 22nd state to add a state
lacrosse tournament in 2007. This year 58 girls’ varsity teams
schools and 52 boys’ varsity teams representing 62 schools registered
In 2009 there were 1,862 girls and 1,926 boys playing high school
Minnesota . Nationally there were 64,929 girls
and 88,596 boys playing the high school game.