The No. 1-seeded Eden Prairie High School girls lacrosse team wasted little time in making an opening statement in Tuesday's state quarterfinal game against unseeded Cretin-Derham Hall.
Eden Prairie scored 12 seconds into the contest. Thirty-nine seconds later, however, Cretin knotted the game at 1-1. Eden Prairie took a 2-1 lead and then Cretin knotted the game at 2-2.
Eden Prairie scored 12 of the next 13 goals, 18 of the next 20.
Final score: Eden Prairie 20, Cretin-Derham Hall 4.
Keys to the game?
Eden Prairie's Kacie Riggs won 14 of 15 faceoffs. Brook Lewis won 7 of 9.
As a team, Eden Prairie won 21 of 24 faceoffs. In lacrosse, winning faceoffs is kind of a big deal.
Lewis led Eden Prairie with six goals. Abby Johnson added five, Maggie Brown and CJ Froemming three apiece. Riggs scored two, Josie Lilliquist one.
Note: Eden Prairie had one possession in the second half that lasted nearly six minutes.
With its win, Eden Prairie advances to the Thursday's state semifinals, where it will meet No. 4-seeded Lakeville North, 18-15 winners over No. 5-seeded Stillwater.
On Tuesday, the top four seeds all won – No. 1 Eden Prairie over Cretin-Derham Hall 20-4, No. 2 Prior Lake over Maple Grove 19-6, No. 3 Breck over Forest Lake 10-9 and No. 4 Lakeville North over No. 5 Stillwater 18-15.
Eden Prairie vs. Lakeville North is set for 5 p.m. Thursday at Chanhassen High School. Prior Lake and Breck play at 3 p.m.
The winners meet in the state championship game, 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Chanhassen High School.