Minnetonka found itself looking up at Eden Prairie in the Lake Conference and in Section 2 from 2010 to 2017, when the Eagles were mainstays at the state tournament.
Last year marked a turnaround as the Skippers advanced to state for the first time since 2009.
It's been more of the same this season for Minnetonka, which is unbeaten and defeated Eden Prairie 10-7 on April 27. The rivals meet meet again Tuesday, with the Skippers looking to maintain their position as top dog against an Eagles team eager to regain their status in our Top Game of the Week.
The Skippers (10-0, 5-0), ranked No. 1 in the May 7 state coaches' poll, have relied on standout seniors this year, including midfielder Grant Brunsvold. He netted a hat trick in Minnetonka's first meeting with Eden Prairie.
Fellow seniors Andrew DiFrancesco and Jack Bayless have also fueled the charge. DiFrancesco, an attackman, tallied two goals an an assist while Bayless, a goaltender, stopped eight shots against the Eagles.
Eden Prairie enters this matchup looking get back on track after being upset by Edina this past Thursday.
Senior defenseman Quentin Matsui will likely be key in helping the No. 4 Eagles (8-2, 4-2) stop the potent Minnetonka attack. Matsui is considered to be one of the state's top defenseman and recently became the third Minnesotan to be selected to participate in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game.
Sophomore attackman Will Foster has impressed with 20 goals in his first nine games of the season, including two against Minnetonka earlier this season.