For the seniors who joined the Eden Prairie High School girls lacrosse team as eighth-graders, the last five years have been quite the run.
After back-to-back-to-back state championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the Eagles were the runner-up in 2018 and 2019.
On Saturday, Eden Prairie finished second to Prior Lake, falling 17-12.
“We didn’t play our game,” said Eden Prairie co-coach Beth Patterson. “Faceoffs gave us a lot of trouble, and they didn’t last time we played them.”
Eden Prairie defeated Prior Lake 10-8 during the regular season.
During Saturday’s loss, Eden Prairie won just nine of 28 faceoffs.
In lacrosse, winning faceoffs is big deal, biggest deal perhaps.
Still, the game was tied 5-5 17 minutes into the contest.
With Lakers trailing 4-5, Prior Lake scored five goals to close the half. At halftime, they led 9-5.
Eden Prairie had a chance to cut Prior Lake’s lead to 9-7 four minutes into the second half, but missed with on 8-meter attempt. The Lakers’ Payton Bloedow scooped the rebound and then went coast-to-coast. Her goal gave Prior Lake a 10-6 lead.
Prior Lake stretched its lead to 17-9 before Eden Prairie ended the game with three goals to make it a 17-12 final.
“We were tentative against their pressure,” said Patterson.
“We only had two assists,” she said. “That's not our game.”
Brooke Lewis led Eden Prairie with four goals. CJ Froemming and Maggie Brown added three apiece. Kacie Riggs and Soleil Tysk added lone goals.
Bloedow led the Lakers with a game-high six goals.