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Lacrosse: Irondale girls, Mounds View boys advance to section finals
The Mounds View High School boys lacrosse team secured a spot in the section final for the second consecutive season via its semifinal victory on Monday afternoon. The Mustangs go in search of its first trip to the state tournament on Wednesday evening.
Standing in the Mustangs’ way is top-seeded and 11th-ranked White Bear Lake. The Bears enter the game having lost just once this season and have played some stifling defense in their first two playoff games.
White Bear Lake (13-1) has given up just two goals in the post-season after shutting out Irondale and holding Totino-Grace to two scores on Monday. The Bears beat the Eagles 12-2 to advance to the finals.
Mounds View, the No. 2 seed, moved on to the section title game by beating third-seeded Robbinsdale Armstrong 10-7 at Mustang Stadium on Monday. The Mustangs led by two at halftime and at the end of three quarters and finally put the Falcons away late in the fourth quarter.
With an 8-6 lead going into the fourth quarter, Mounds View spent the first three minutes shorthanded thanks to an illegal stick penalty called during the between-quarter break. Amstrong took advantage and scored early in the fourth to make it a one-goal game.
Mounds View answered 55 seconds later on a goal by Niklas Damberg to restore the two-goal cushion. The game went goal-less over the next five minutes before Jake Huebsch salted the game away with his second goal of the game with 2:36 left.
The Mustangs (12-2) need to find a way to slow down White Bear’s attack while also being able to pump in some goals. Mounds View faced the Bears in the regular season on April and lost 12-10.
Since the loss to White Bear Lake, Mounds View has won nine in a row. The Bears have also won their last nine following a loss to Benilde-St. Margaret’s on May 2.
Wednesday’s winner advances to next week’s state tournament, which is held at Chaska and Chanhassen high schools on June 10, 12 and 14. White Bear Lake has been to three state lacrosse tournaments and is trying to get there for the second consecutive year. In 2013, the Bears went 1-2 in the state tournament and finished fourth.
Section 5 boys lacrosse playoffs
Match 1 – Irondale 10, Robbinsdale Cooper 4
Match 2 – White Bear Lake 24, Irondale 0
Match 3 – Totino-Grace 4, Roseville 3
Match 4 – Robbinsdale Armstrong 13, Osseo 6
Match 5 – Mounds View 19, Providence Academy 2
Match 6 – White Bear Lake 12, Totino-Grace 2
Match 7 – Mounds View 10, Robbinsdale Armstrong 7
Championship match, June 4, 7 p.m. at Park Center High School
Match 8 – Mounds View vs. White Bear Lake
The Irondale High School girls lacrosse team is headed to its first section final on Wednesday. The Knights advanced by beating district rival Mounds View 14-7 on Monday afternoon at Wendt Stadium.
Awaiting Irondale in the final is top-seeded and ninth-ranked Robbinsdale Armstrong. The defending section champion Falcons beat Roseville 7-3 on Monday to advance to the section final.
Irondale (12-2) enters the game having won nine of its last 10 matches. The only blemish over that stretch was a loss to fourth-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret’s.
Armstrong (13-2) has won eight in a row and its only losses came at the hands of Benilde and top-ranked Blake.
Against Mounds View on Monday, Irondale used a five-goal burst late in the first half to turn a close game into a runaway. With the score tied 1-1, Irondale’s Alex Toupal broke the deadlock and put the Knights ahead for good. Samantha Donovan later scored goals 29 seconds apart to increase the lead to three before Toupal and Maddie Hentges made it 6-1.
Mounds View tried to stop the bleeding with a pair of goals by Erika Johnson but Donovan closed out the first half scoring with a tally with 1:18 left in the half.
The second half was more of the same as Irondale outscored Mounds View 7-4 to make the final score 14-7.
Hentges finished with five goals while Donovan had four. Toupal led all scorers with six points on three goals and three assists. Ashley Pettipiece had three points on a goal and two assists and India Charles added two helpers.
For Mounds View, Kendra Dingman scored three goals and added an assist for a four-point game. Johnson finished with the two goals and an assist. The Mustangs also got goals from Maddy Minarich and Mallory Samuel.
In goal, Irondale’s Rebekah Sinn made nine saves on 16 shots while Mounds View’s Mary Dingman finished with seven saves on 21 shots.
Section 5 girls lacrosse playoffs
Match 1 – Robbinsdale Armstrong 18, Columbia Heights 0
Match 2 – Roseville 15, White Bear Lake 4
Match 3 – Mounds View 14, Totino-Grace 10
Match 4 – Irondale 13, Robbinsdale Cooper 1
Semifinals, June 2
Match 5 – Robbinsdale Armstrong 7, Roseville 3
Match 6 – Irondale 14, Mounds View 7
Championship match, June 4, 7 p.m. at Osseo High School
Match 7 – Irondale vs. Robbinsdale Armstrong