June 13, 2015
The White Bear Lake “Bears” boys lacrosse team captured the Minnesota State high school lacrosse title in a convincing display of speed, ability, and determination over the Bloomington Jefferson “Jaguars”, with a final score of 12-8.
The Bears started the game with all the qualities of a State Champion, capturing the majority of face-offs, ground balls, and shots of goal.
The Jaguars, fresh off an easy win over Lakeville North in the semi-finals, did not seem to be able to get started on either offence or defense, thus allowing the Bears attack to utilize their dodging skills and get inside Jefferson;s defense for numerous scoring opportunities. Barely three minutes into the game, the Bears were up by a score of 3-0, scoring on all three of their shots on the Jaguar’s goalie, and having captured the momentum on both ground balls and face-offs. It would be six minutes into the first quarter before Jefferson was able to score their first goal.
What had, for the Jaguars, proven to be superior face-off technique during the semifinal game against Lakeville North, would prove to come up short in their game against the Bears from White Bear Lake. Their shooting and rapid ball movement in that semifinal would also not materialize in their championship game against the Bears. An effective White Bear offence and strong defense, coupled with a very talented goalie, would make the Jaguars have to work extremely hard to progress as the teams went off the field at halftime with a score of 6-2 in the Bears’ favor.
It was not until the 3rd quarter that the Jaguars got back in the game, becoming more physical and playing a more aggressive style on both offense and defense. This resulted in more opportunities and a significant increase in the number of shots on goal. With seconds left in the third quarter, Jefferson had managed to score three unopposed goals against the Bears, bringing the score to 11-6, and the questions was, would this signal a comeback for the Jaguars, or was it too late in the game to start taking on a very strong White Bear team?
Seconds into the fourth quarter, White Bear scored, bringing the score to 12-6. As the fourth quarter progressed, the Jefferson Jaguars was able to force several turnovers from White Bear Lake and use these opportunities. However, when it was all said and done, the Jaguars were only able to score another two goals in the fourth, leaving the White Bear Lake Bears the State Champions with a final score of 12-8, each team having produced 19 shots on their opponents goal.
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