The Prior Lake boys lacrosse team is back in the state title game for the third time in four years.
Can the Lakers defend their crown? That will be determined June 15 in Chanhassen at 6 p.m.
Second-seeded Prior Lake (15-3 overall) will take on top-seeded Benlide-St. Margaret’s (18-0) for the title. It’s a rematch of last year’s championship, a 10-8 Lakers’ win.
Prior Lake and Benilde met in the regular season back on May 4 with the Knights winning 4-3 in overtime.
Prior Lake earned a spot in the state final with a 4-3 victory over third-seeded Eden Prairie in the semifinals June 13 in Minnetonka and opened state play June 11 with a 12-4 win in the quarterfinals over Wayzata in Chanhassen.
Against Eden Prairie, Prior Lake was down 2-1 at halftime, but took control in the third quarter with three unanswered goals. Senior Riley Bachinski scored the first two, followed by junior Conor Miller. The three goals came in a span of 3:06.
Eden Prairie made it a one-goal deficit tallying with 27 seconds left in the fourth quarter. But the Eagles couldn’t get the equalizer.
Bachinski had the Lakers’ goal in the first half. Senior Luke Bloedow assisted on three goals in the third quarter.
Junior Colin Nauertz finished with seven saves for Prior Lake.