Will Foster

Will Foster (No. 15) scored four goals in Tuesday's 14-10 state-quarterfinal win over Lakeville North.

The Eden Prairie High School boys lacrosse team can be a streaky bunch.

Tuesday's state quarterfinal against Lakeville North fits this narrative.

Eden Prairie, seeded No. 3, opened Tuesday's tilt against the Panthers by scoring the game's first four goals.

Henry Benson scored, Quentin Matsui scored, Will Foster scored and Jacob Rhee scored. Four goals by four different players in the game's first nine minutes, does it get any easier/better than that?

Lakeville broke Eden Prairie's run before the first quarter had ended, but the Eagles took an 8-3 lead into halftime.

And?

Lakeville opened the second half by outscoring Eden Prairie 5-0.

And just like that, Eden Prairie's cushy 5-goal lead was gone.

Eden Prairie responded by outscoring the Panthers 6-2 in the fourth quarter.

Final score: Eden Prairie 14, Lakeville North 10.

Foster led Eden Prairie with four goals. Rhee and Collin Penn added three apiece.

With its win, Eden Prairie advances to Thursday's state semifinals where it will meet No. 2-seeded Prior Lake, 12-4 winners over Wayzata.

On Tuesday, four of the top-five seeds won – No. 1-seeded Benilde-St. Margaret's defeated Centennial 8-4, No. 2 seeded Prior Lake defeated Wayzata 12-4, No. 3-seeded Eden Prairie defeated Lakeville North 14-10 and No. 5-seeded St. Thomas Academy defeated No. 4-seeded Mahtomedi 11-8.

Eden Prairie vs. Prior Lake is set for 3 p.m. Thursday at Minnetonka High School. Benilde-St. Margaret's and St. Thomas Academy play at 5 p.m.

The winners meet in Saturday's state championship game, p.m. at Chanhassen High School.

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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