When facing an undefeated team late in the playoffs, sometimes you need to play a little wild.
This is exactly what St. Louis Park defenseman Casey Villagrana did in a Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association state semifinal matchup against Delano on Thursday, June 9.
“(Casey) played out of control for us tonight, he was a one man team,” St. Louis Park coach Kevin Reed said after the Orioles' 6-1 triumph. ”The whole game he was coming up with loose balls all over the place.”
Delano (14-1) came into the night having been held to fewer than 10 goals just twice. The Rage beat St. Louis Park, the defending MBSLA champion, 12-10 during the regular season and 8-2 in a tournament game in Grand Rapids.
St. Louis Park got on the board in the first quarter, but Delano’s Lucas Anderson answered shortly into the second quarter.
After coming out of halftime tied, a Delano goal was nullified due to a stick penalty. It would be all St. Louis Park offense from that point on. The Orioles would score the next five goals.
Art Elmer scored twice, and Max Sherno, Connor Shandley, Brookes Patterson and Max Bergeron each added goals for St. Louis Park.
“To beat the best team in the state we needed everyone,” Reed said. “Our goaltending and defense stood strong and everybody was making things happen.”
St. Louis Park plays MontiQuois in the MBSLA championship game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at Orono High School.
St. Louis Park players celebrate reaching the MBSLA state championship game for the fourth straight year. Photo by Paige Nagel