Kacie Riggs

Kacie Riggs is the 2019 Ms. Lacrosse.

The Ms. Lacrosse banquet was held on Sunday, the day after Prior Lake had upset the No. 1-ranked Eden Prairie High School girls lacrosse team in the state championship game.

Eden Prairie's Kacie Riggs was a Ms. Lacrosse finalist, as were teammates Brooke Lewis and CJ Froemming. Eden Prairie goalie Emilie Bloyer was a Ms. Goalie finalist.

A couple weeks ago, the Minnesota Lacrosse Coaches Association named Riggs its Player of the Year.

She was also the Star Tribune's Metro Player of the Year.. She was first-team All-State and an All-American.

On Sunday, Riggs was honored with the Ms. Lacrosse award.

“Individual awards are nice,” said Riggs, “but I'd trade them all for a state championship.”

As a midfielder, Riggs doesn't have the gaudy numbers of an attack.

“What I do doesn't always show up on paper,” she said. “I play a lot between the thirties (30-yard lines).”

Riggs moves the ball in transition, dishes to her attacking teammates, defends...

“She's the best utility player we've ever had,” said Eden Prairie co-coach Beth Paterson. “She does it all.”

Co-coach Judy Baxter reiterated a comment she heard from another coach.

“After watching her play, the coach said she was a level above everyone else,” said Baxter.

Baxter went on to say that Riggs has all the traits of good lacrosse player.

“She has great timing,” said Baxter. “She's intense, has good stick work and quick feet.

“She's successful on both ends of the field,” she added.

She's also humble.

“My teammates were just as deserving,” said Riggs. “I was hoping they would win.”

Riggs will attend the University of California Berkeley this fall.

Sports editor

Dan Huss covers Eden Prairie sports and especially loves reporting on sports features and outdoors-related adventures. He lives in Shorewood with his wife, Marnie, daughters Aili and Britt, and Wilma, a pheasant-finding Deutsch Drahthaar.

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