Josie Kropp

Junior Josie Kropp has scored 10 goals for Prior Lake in the first two state games, including six in a 21-3 win over Breck in the semifinals June 13 in Chanhassen.

The Prior Lake girls lacrosse team scored a whopping 40 goals in its first two state games.

So yes, the second-seeded Lakers (17-1) will play for the title June 15 against top-seeded Eden Prairie (17-1) in Chanhassen at 3:30 p.m.

The two teams met in the regular season back on May 20 with the Eagles earning a 10-8 home win.

Prior Lake is seeking its first-ever state title. Eden Prairie will be going for its sixth crown, fourth in the last five years, since girls lacrosse became a sanctioned Minnesota State High School sport in 2007.

Prior Lake rolled to a 21-3 win over third-seeded Breck in the semifinals June 13 in Chanhassen. The Lakers dominated Maple Grove in the quarterfinals June 11 in Minnetonka, winning 19-6.

In the win over Breck, it was a 1-1 game 5:37 into the contest. But the Lakers scored the next eight goals and had an 11-3 lead at the break.

Junior Josie Kropp scored six goals for Prior Lake, while sophomore Payton Bloedow had four goals and an assist. Senior Lauren Wick finished with two goals and three assists.

Sophomores Mackenzie Salentre and Jade Haugen each had a pair of goals, while seniors Ashtyn King and Kelsey Viger, junior Taylor Netzke, ninth-grader Ava Schiltz and eighth-grader Nina Winter all scored once.

Senior Reagan Dahl and ninth-grader Josie Wilhelm both had an assist. Senior Grace Mattox finished with nine saves in goal.

The two state victories were also the Lakers’ 15th and 16th by double digits this spring. It was the 16th and 17th time the team had scored more than 10 goals in a game.

Meanwhile, Eden Prairie earned a 20-4 win over Cretin-Derham Hall in the quarterfinals and held off fourth-seeded Lakeville North in semifinals, 13-8.

While Prior Lake has scored double-digit goals 17 times this spring, Eden Prairie has only allowed 10 or more goals twice all spring. One was a 13-10 win over Edina and the other was 22-10 loss to Loyola Academy, a national power out of Wilmette, Illinois.

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.


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