Eden Prairie overwhelms Tonka 11-6 to make return visit to state
For the seventh consecutive season Eden Prairie boys lacrosse won a section title and has a chance to win its fourth state title.
The Eagles (15-1) outscored Holy Family, Shakopee and Minnetonka 42-11 in three section games spanning six days culminating with an 11-6 win over Tonka at Aerie Stadium on June 7.
Eight different Eden Prairie players either scored or assisted with senior captain Nick Leiverman and Eric Friswold each with a four-point game.
Leiverman had a hat trick while Friswold scored twice and set up two goals.
Ryan Abstein scored twice while Spencer Rudrud and Thomas Hartle each had one goal and assist. Senior captain Connor Olson provided two assists and Jacob Rhee had one assist. Senior captain defenseman Jackson Zaugg and Collin Penn each had one goal.
Last year the Eagles captured the third-place title, defeating Wayzata 14-10 in the trophy game.
Prior Lake defeated Eden Prairie in the state semifinals and went on to win the state title by a 12-5 score over Lakeville North. Leiverman and then-senior defenseman Ben Price were named to the All-Tournament team.
Leiverman returns as the Eagles senior captain and leading scorer with 39 goals and 21 assists. He also has 32 ground balls and five turnovers.
Olson has 35 goals and 11 assists to go with 24 ground balls and four turnovers.
Zaugg is another standout for the Eagles before heading to the University of Michigan to play lacrosse next season. He has a team-high 62 ground balls to go along with three goals and two assists as a stalwart presence around the Eagles net.
Eden Prairie came up short against Wayzata 6-5 in the state quarterfinals played Tuesday afternoon at Chanhassen High School. Eden Prairie won both Lake Conference meetings but with a spot in the state semifinals on the line, the Trojans had enough to stay one step ahead of Eden Prairie, building a 3-0 lead into the second quarter. Eden Prairie took a lead with four unanswered goals in to start the second half and took a lead with 4:31 left in the third quarter. That lead was short-lived as Wayzata tied the game at 4-4 one minute later.
The score was tied at five early in the fourth quarter and Wayzata took the game-winning lead, 6-5 with 3:10 left.
Eden Prairie controlled the ball until the closing seconds but couldn’t get a shot through traffic and when they did, the Trojans goalie was there to preserve the lead.
Eden Prairie faces Anoka at 11 a.m. Thursday at Minnetonka High School in the consolation semifinal.
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