June 12, 2014
The two-time boys lacrosse State Champions, the Eden Prairie Eagles, met the White Bear Lake Bear last night in the first of two semi-final match-ups.
The Eagles showed some early dominance, exhibiting quick, solid passing on both offense and defense, and used their longpoles to effectively double-team the Bears’ ball carriers. As such, Eden Prairie took a 4 goal lead early on and looked like they were going to hang on. as if a switch had been turned, White Bear Lake woke up in the second quarter and evened out the score in a mater of a three-minute span, and then …. the game was on!
White Bear dominated the face offs and were able to capitalize on shot opportunities that seemed like multiples of those belonging to Eden Prairie. At half-time, the score stood at 6-6, and people were starting to ask themselves it this was going to be the match-up of the tournament.
As the second half progressed, both teams played technically well, exhibiting solid passing and making few mistakes, but again, the Bears controlled face-offs, and both teams scored and tied. With 33.5 seconds left of the 4th quarter, the Bears scored, bringing the game into a four minute, sudden death overtime.
The Bears controlled the face-off and rapidly moved towards the Eagles zone, when suddenly, middie Shane Olson (3) snapped off a shot which drilled the net, putting the Bears in to the Championship game tomorrow against Bloomington Jefferson at Minnetonka High School, and sending Eden Prairie into the consolation bracket.
This story has been published with additional photos at Pro-Sport Pictures.