No. 1-ranked Blake, No. 2 Benilde-St. Margaret's and Totino-Grace each placed two players among the 12 finalists for Mr. Lacrosse, an award honoring the state's top senior player.
Attackman Robbie Barnhart and midfielder Steve Patterson are the nominees from undefeated Blake.
The explosive goal-scoring duo of attackmen Ryan Butts and Bailey Dodds are the finalists from Benilde-St. Margaret's.
Kyle Mork, one of just two defensemen among the finalists, and midfielder Giuseppe Palermo are the representatives from Totino-Grace.
The two finalists for Mr. Lacrosse Goalie are Blake's Lowell Fluke and Champlin Park's Andrew Blaeser.
Winners will be announced at the Mr. Lacrosse awards banquet on June 6 at the St. Paul River Centre.
The Mr. Lacrosse Award banquet also will honor the Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association's four conference winners and the Minnesota State High School League's four section champions.
The Minnesota Minutemen created the award and will host and coordinate the event with the Minnesota Swarm serving as the presenting sponsor. Homegrown Lacrosse, Lavin Lacrosse and Northstar Lacrosse also are sponsors of the award.
Tickets are available online at www.minnesotaminutemen.com
What: Mr. Lacrosse Awards Banquet
When: June 6, noon
Where: St. Paul River Centre
Tickets: $25 per person; $200 for table of eight. Advance ticket order information
Awards: Mr. Lacrosse (state's top senior); Mr. Lacrosse Goalie (state's top senior goaltender). The four conference winning teams from the Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association and four section winning teams from the Minnesota State High School League also will be honored.
|Robby Barnhart||Blake||A||University of Richmond (Va.)||What Barnhart lacks in size he more than compensates for with quickness and scoring touch. Barnhart scored at least one goal in each of Blake's first 12 games, racking up 27 to lead the Bears.|
|Ryan Butts||Benilde-St. Margaret's||A||Sacred Heart (Conn.)||A pure scorer, Butts had three or more goals in eight of 12 regular season games while also amassing 23 assists.|
|Bailey Dodds||Benilde-St. Margaret's||A||Sacred Heart (Conn.)||The state's runaway scoring leader, Dodds twice has scored seven goals in game and has four six-goal games en route to an astounding total of 62 goals in 12 games.|
|Jon Hagen||Woodbury||D||Minnesota State-Mankato||Rock-solid defenseman a big reason why the Royals have allowed just 54 goals in 12 games.|
|Tyler Lorinser||Chaska/Chanhassen||A||Minnesota-Duluth||The catalyst of the StormHawks' offense, Lorinser has a team-high 45 points (28 goals and 17 assists).|
|Luke McNamara||Holy Angels||A||Air Force Academy||The Stars' top scorer has amassed 39 goals and 59 points. His goal total represents just less than a third of the team's output.|
|Kyle Mork||Totino-Grace||D||Minnesota-Duluth||Shutdown defenseman helps lead an Eagles team that has allowed just 63 goals in 13 games.|
|Matt Murphy||Eden Prairie||A||Minnesota-Duluth||Murphy is an offensive force who ranks third on the high-powered Eagles with 20 goals.|
|Giuseppe Palermo||Totino-Grace||M||Quinnipiac (Conn.)||Big, strong and deceptively fast, Palermo leads the Eagles in goals (33), points (54) and face-offs won (111).|
|Steve Patterson||Blake||M||Goucher (Md.)||Patterson ranks second on the No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Bears with 27 goals.|
|Alex Veldhuis||Maple Grove||A||North Dakota State||Veldhuis' 66 points (39 goals, 27 assists) is more than double the total of the second-highest Crimson scorer.|
|Justin Vossen||Eastview||M||Minnesota-Duluth||Vossen has solid offensive numbers (9 goals, 10 assists), but it's his versatility (he's also a top face-off man) that makes him so valuable to the Lightning.|