Cullen Willox of Eagan, left, and Arik Andreen of Eden Prairie battled in the first half of Monday's boys lacrosse game. Eden Prairie held on for a 13-10 victory.
Eden Prairie spoiled Eagan’s home opener with a 13-10 victory in a meeting of two of the state’s top boys’ lacrosse teams Monday. The Eagles, considered one of the top teams in the state, handed the Wildcats their first loss of the season.
Eden Prairie’s Brooks Armitage had three goals and three assists. Goalie Max Fahey also had a big game for the Eagles (8-0).
“Ten is the most goals we’ve given up and they probably could have had a lot more if it wasn’t for our goalie, Max Fahey,” Eagles coach Ryan Ward said. “He was really good. [Eagan is] a team that’s been pretty hungry and they’ve got a lot of talent and guys that can score.”
Connor Simpson had three goals for the Wildcats (5-1).
Eagan scored with about eight and a half minutes left in the game to cut the deficit to 10-9 but Armitage scored an unassisted goal with just less than eight minutes to play to give the visitors all the cushion they would need.
Eden Prairie trailed 5-2 late in the first half but scored three consecutive goals to tie the score at 5-5 entering halftime.
“We were a little nervous and once we got those three [goals] to get it tied by halftime, we kind of relaxed,” Armitage said. “It’s a new game [at that point].”
The Eagles effectively used their secondary offense in the second half, Ward said, and they outshot Eagan 40-27 for the game.
At one point in the first half, Eden Prairie hit four posts in a row, including what seemed like an open-net opportunity.
“That’s unheard of, I’ve never seen that before,” Ward said. “I was trying to use that as a positive that, ‘Hey we’ve hit four posts, we’re getting chances.’?”
Derek Wetmore is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.