After twice being delayed by lightning and thunderstorms, the Eden Prairie Eagles finally met the Rosemount Irish for the long awaited State Boys Lacrosse Championship game.
Due to their number one seed, the MSHL decided to give Rosemount High School the honor of hosting the game today, Tuesday June 17th, despite protests from the Eden Prairie that this would give the Irish an unfair home field advantage, on grass nonetheless.
When it came down to it, both teams were eager to go by the time game time rolled around at 11 am, and on their first possession, it was Eden Prairie who scored the game’s first goal. After the Eagles’ goal, Rosemount was quick to pick up the pace, and before long they were in the lead 3-2, having won most of the faceoffs. Eden Prairie Junior middie, Ben Baker tied the score at 3-3, quickly followed by JD SPielman who scored for the Eagles, allowing them to take the lead 4-3 as the first quarter ended.
The second quarter was not very fruitful for either team in terms of goals, but there were plenty of battles for ground balls, and it became clear that the Irish had learned how to master this on grass, giving them a significant advantage. The goals of the second quarter were scored in rapid succession, first by Eden Prairie, then seconds later by Rosemount, making the score 5-4 with the Eagles in the lead. With only one second left, Freshman Nick Leiverman scored to make the score 6-4 as the whistles blew an and to the first half.
Charlie Venable, the Eagles Senior attackman quickly opened a scoring storm by both teams as the second half got under way, making the score 7-5. Just as quickly, the Irish came back, scoring their sixth and seventh goals, and before you knew it, the score was 8-7 in the Eagles favor. The Irish tied the game by passing the ball beautifully from X to a cutter who ripped the ball into the net, and the score was now tied at 8-8. With 1:16 left of the third quarter, the Irish took the lead 9-8 and 16 seconds latert, they scored again. All of a sudden, it was the Eagles turn to go on a shooting spree, scoring their ninth goal with 52 seconds left, then again with seven seconds remaining, and taking the lead 11-10 on Nick Leiverman’s goal with one second left of the third quarter!
Neither team was done as the fourth and final quarter ticked away, but in the end, the Eden Prairie Eagles became too much for the Rosemount Irish to handle, scoring twice more to Rosemounts single goal.
The final score was 13-11, and the Eden Prairie Eagles, led by Coach Ryan Ward clinched their second consecutive State lacrosse championship.
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