June 10, 2015
Eight boys high school teams matched up yesterday at Minnetonka High School in the MSHSL State High School quarterfinal. Under a blazing sun, with field temperatures inching closer and closer to 100 F as the day progressed.
The teams of the Maple Grove Crimson and the White Bear Lake Area Bears started the day at 1 pm, and although the Crimson showed some early signs of promise, the Bears quickly put any hopes that the Crimson might have a chance by dominating virtually every aspect of the game, walking away with a 19-2 victory and advancing to the semifinals.
Things were much the same for the Eden Prairie Eagles vs. the Blaine Bengals, although the Bengals, much to their credit were able to score the game’s first goals and continue with several shots on goal. This, however, seemed to make the Eagles understand that if they didn’t soon revert back to usual game play, they might not continue on. The remaining game was all Eden Prairie, winning easily with a score of 14-1.
The Bears from The Blake School gave a very convincing performance in their game against the Lakeville North Panthers. The game was a close contest throughout and no one team dominated. This was perhaps the best game of the three that I covered. Both teams had quickness, great passing, and provided solid effort on both offence and defense.
In the end, the Lakeville North Panthers won by a close, 10-8 score and advance to the semifinals.
Also going to the semifinals are the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars, which won their match-up against the Mathomedi Zephyrs by a score of 15-10.
The MSHSL boys lacrosse semifinals will be held at Hopkins High School on Thursday, June 11th. Starting off will be the White Bear Lake Bears against the Eden Prairie Eagles at 5 pm. This will likely be a terrific match-up as both teams possess superior skills on both offense and defense.
The second game of the night will feature the Lakeville North Panthers vs. the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars at 7 pm. Jefferson has been absent from the State Championship for a number of years, but have proven a solid team this year, so expect an exciting game.
Additional pictures can be found at Pro-Sport Pictures.