Eden Prairie wins third-straight state lacrosse crown

Jason Olson
Sports Editor

Sophomore scores six times in ninth-state championship meeting with Blake

Call it a three-peat, hat trick or dynasty as Eden Prairie girls lacrosse won its third consecutive state title on Saturday.

Perhaps it was fitting that the Eagles (18-1) faced nonother than Blake for the title and came out ahead 16-10.

Eden Prairie girls lacrosse poses for a team photo with the 2017 state girls lacrosse trophy. (Sun Current photo by Jason Olson)
Eden Prairie girls lacrosse poses for a team photo with the 2017 state girls lacrosse trophy. (Sun Current photo by Jason Olson)

The two teams met in the state final for the ninth time since 2007, when the Minnesota State High School League first sanctioned, as the Bears still hold a 5-4 series edge.

Blake (14-5) led 3-0 early on but Eden Prairie scored nine of the next 12 goals to take a 9-6 edge into halftime.

Eden Prairie sophomore Abby Johnson scored six times, one goal away from the state tourney single-game record of seven goals, shared by four players including former Eagle Caz Norwich in 2009.

Eagles senior midfielder Naomi Rogge had four goals and an assist and classmate and fellow captain Sammie Morton picked up three goals and an assist.

Four Eden Prairie teammates were named to the All-Tournament team including senior Hannah Brink, Kate Pearson, Rogge and Morton.

Look for a full recap in the June 22 edition of the Sun Current.