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Lacrosse section finals not kind to Mounds View boys, Irondale girls
For the second consecutive year, the Mounds View High School boys lacrosse team ventured to Park Center High School for the section final. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the final result wasn’t any different this time around.
Mounds View went into the section final as the underdog and put up a fight, but in the end came up short of a berth in the state tournament. This year, it was White Bear Lake that kept the Mustangs from advancing.
The top-seeded and 11th-ranked Bears trailed by one at halftime but put the clamps on Mounds View’s offense in the second half. After giving up seven goals in the first half, White Bear Lake held the Mustangs to one second-half tally and rallied for an 11-8 victory.
The win sends White Bear Lake (14-1) to the state tournament for the second consecutive year.
Mounds View (12-3) got its only goal of the second half in the third quarter and entered the fourth down by a single goal. White Bear Lake did a solid job of possessing the ball in the fourth quarter and when the Mustangs gained possession did a nice job of pressuring.
Logan Maccani led Mounds View with four goals and an assist, but was watched like a hawk by the White Bear defense. Alex Vijums added three goals for the Mustangs, which also got a goal from Mitchell LeMay.
Mounds View, the No. 2 seed, moved on to the section title game by beating third-seeded Robbinsdale Armstrong 10-7 in the semifnals. 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.
Armstrong 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 Knights faced a similar task as Mounds View’s boys team: Beat a higher-seeded team that has state-tournament experience. That proved too much to ask as Irondale couldn’t keep up with Robbinsdale Armstrong.
The Falcons held Irondale in check in the first half and did enough in the second to secure the 10-5 victory.
Armstrong (14-2), which beat Mounds View in the section final in 2013, held Irondale to one goal in the first half while scoring four of its own.
Samantha Donovan led Irondale with four goals while Maddie Hentges added a goal and two assists. Also picking up assists were Maya Hernandez and Alex Toupal.
Against Mounds View in the semifinals, Irondale (12-3) used a five-goal burst late in the first half to turn a close game into a runaway. With the score tied 1-1, Toupal broke the deadlock and put the Knights ahead for good. Donovan later scored goals 29 seconds apart to increase the lead to three before Toupal and 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.
Brian Meyers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.