The Prior Lake boys lacrosse team is playing its best with the Section 6 playoffs next.
The No. 4-ranked Lakers earned its second South Suburban Conference title in the last five years with an 11-7 win at Eagan May 21. Senior Ben Jung led the charge with four goals.
Prior Lake (10-3 overall) finished 8-1 in the SSC and will take a six-game winning streak into the Section 6 playoffs. The Lakers, the defending state champs, will be seeking a fourth straight state berth.
Prior Lake will be the No. 1 section seed when brackets are released. First-round play starts May 29 with the quarterfinals May 31. The semifinals are June 4 and the title game is June 6 on the Lakers' home turf.
Other teams in the field include Bloomington Jefferson (9-3), Edina (7-5), Rosemount (7-5), Minneapolis (7-5), Eastview (5-7), Burnsville (5-8), Holy Angels (4-6), Bloomington Kennedy (3-8) and Apple Valley (1-12).
In the win over Eagan, the Lakers led 6-4 at the break and took a 9-6 lead into the fourth quarter.
Senior Nate Whittier had three goals for Prior Lake, while senior Riley Bachinski had two goals and an assist. Senior Luke Bloedow and ninth-grader Keaton Sowder also had goals.
Junior Alex Jacobson and senior Brian Kallberg each had assists. Junior Colin Nauertz made five saves in goal.
Prior Lake went into the Eagan game off of an 18-7 league win at Lakeville South May 16. Bachinski and Bloedow each had four goals, while Jung and junior Will Gilbert both scored twice.
Jacobson, Whittier, sophomores Blake Warren and Jack Smith, junior Conor Miller and senior Patrick Juell each had one goal.
Jung had two assists, while Bachinski, Kallberg, junior Ryley Bester and ninth-grader Cooper Busch all had one. Nauertz made seven saves in goal, while junior Connor Mack also got time in net making two saves.