Minnetonka scored just 49 seconds into the Section 2 semifinal match against Chanhassen June 3.

Here we go again. Right?

The Skippers eliminated the Storm in the semifinals in 2016 and 2017, and in the championship match at Storm Stadium in 2018.

"They've been kind of our achilles heel the past couple of years. I really feel like we're going in with a different mindset, we're playing like a single unit, a single team," said Chanhassen junior Max Lakosky in the days leading up to the game.

A single unit that held top-seeded Minnetonka without a goal for 37 minutes, 50 seconds. A single unit that went five-plus post-season quarters with one goal allowed.

A single unit that came together in the closing minutes, holding off Minnetonka from completing the comeback, a 6-5 Chanhassen win. The second victory over the Skippers in six all-time meetings; the first since 2014.

"Last year, being the top seed, it was really tough to lose that way. I guess that's why I'm looking forward to state so much this year. That's all I'm going to say," Lakosky said.

Minnetonka, coming off a 19-1 win over Southwest Christian in the quarterfinals on May 30, rallied in the fourth quarter behind its two star forwards.

Grant Brunsvold scored twice, a Luke Tollefson goal just 16 seconds later, as the Skippers drew within 6-5 with 4:57 left on Andrew DiFrancesco's second tally of the game.

Chanhassen was gassed. A defense that forced the Skippers into turnovers, forced them into frustration, and forced them out of what worked in compiling 13 wins in 14 games into the semifinals.

Lakosky, Stephen Overland and Simon Knauss were at the forefront of the Storm defense. Goaltender Riah Rathe, who made 14 saves, was the backbone in the victory.

Alex Duea, JV call-up John Dahl and Matthew Conyard found the net in the first quarter for Chanhassen with Vincent Manuel and Jason Collins adding to the lead at 5-1 at halftime.

A big time of possession advantage for Chanhassen in the first three quarters, Collins hit the twice off a ground ball pick-up from Jackson Lakosky for the 6-1 lead in the second half.

A potential game-tying goal from DiFrancesco with 90 seconds left was waved off due to a crease violation.

"Obviously they are great players, but I think we have guys who can match-up with them and shut them down," Lakosky said of DiFrancesco and Brunsvold. "In games like these, you want to make the other players beat you, not star players. Some games that happens, some games it doesn't. I think that will be a main factor in who wins and who loses."

Playing one of the toughest, if not the best schedule in state, taking on No. 1 Benilde-St. Margaret, No. 2 Stillwater, No. 4 Prior Lake, No. 7 Eagan, and No. 10 Lakeville North in addition to Mahtomedi, Bloomington Jefferson and Wayzata, Chanhassen was prepared for the post-season.

It's been a year of growth for many of the younger Storm players.

"This year we have a bunch of guys buying into the process. When I was in eighth grade it was a huge jump, the speed of the game. The improvement we're seeing, in practice, in games, it's exciting not only for this season but going forward in this program," Lakosky said.

Additionally, this season has been special for Lakosky in that his twin brother, Jackson, is new to the sport, and is on the field with him. He has filled into a midfielder/defender role, getting the No. 1 jersey that's been passed on to an upperclassmen coming out for the sport for the first time.

Past years Chris Wandling and Keegan Williams wore the No. 1 jersey.

"He had never picked up a lacrosse stick. I told him, 'Jack, you have great footwork, you can bench press 280 pounds. Go out there and bench press someone on the field.' He loves it. He's got a bunch of friends with him. It's been so much fun playing with my twin."

That bench press came on the final play of the section semifinals, Jackson Lakosky knocking the ball loose from a Minnetonka player near the net.

Chanhassen plays in its second straight section title on Wednesday, June 5, at Eden Prairie against the Eagles at 5 p.m. Chanhassen has not played the Eagles since 2015.

Eden Prairie pulled away from a 7-7 game at halftime for a 14-9 win over Shakopee.

GIRLS: Chanhassen 15, Minnetonka 9

A 14-goal victory in the regular season opener, Chanhassen knew it would get a better effort from Minnetonka in the Section 2 girls semifinals.

The trouble round for the Storm. Four consecutive exits at the sticks of the Skippers, one match from the finals.

That ended Monday, June 3, 2019.

Chanhassen outscored Minnetonka 10-3 in the first half, holding on for win No. 14 in a 15-9 decision at Storm Stadium.

The Storm play top-ranked Eden Prairie at Aerie Stadium in the championship on June 5 at 7 p.m.

A seven-goal game at halftime, Minnetonka used a 4-1 run in the first five minutes of the second half to draw within 11-7.

That's when Chanhassen took over.

Tallies from Bella Detienne, Sydnie Soto, Leah Hodgins, and Detienne again to complete a hat trick pushed the advantage back to eight. Game, set, match.

Hodgins scored a game-high five goals with Taylor Jones finding the net twice. Siri Hodgins, Elle Wagner, Leah Armani, and Grace Doerring also added a tally for Chanhassen.


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