Prior Lake's Ben Jung breaks in towards the Eagan goal during the first half of Tuesday night’s game. Jung had four goals in the Lakers’ 11-7 victory over the Wildcats in Eagan. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Prior Lake boy’s lacrosse has had a lot of success in recent years, winning the state tournament in 2016 and 2018. However, it had fallen short in league play since it last won a South Suburban Conference title, which was in 2015.
That all changed on Tuesday night when the Lakers, ranked No. 4 in the state coaches’ poll, took down No. 7 Eagan 11-7 on the road during a downpour to clinch the South Suburban crown.
“Today it’s a little hard to celebrate, but we’ll definitely celebrate later this week,” Lakers senior attackman Benjamin Jung said. “We’re pretty cold right now, but this is huge for us and will set us up for section playoffs.”
Prior Lake (10-3, 8-1) viewed winning the conference as achieving one objective, and now it’s ready for the next chapter of the season.
“It’s kind of our first step. We always talk about winning our conference,” Prior Lake coach Casey Mithun said. “In our opinion, one of the toughest conferences there is. It’s one of those things that will stay with these players forever.”
In the driving rain, Prior Lake's Nathan Whittier fires a shot for his third goal of the game against Eagan. The Lakers defeated the Wildcats 11-7. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Senior attackmen Benjamin Jung and Nate Whittier combined for seven goals in Prior Lake’s 11-7 victory over Eagan to win the South Suburban Conference title at Eagan on a rainy Tuesday night.
Eagan (9-4, 7-2) opened the scoring in the game’s first two minutes with a goal from senior defender Eli Dolney. The Lakers, however, got the next three tallies to go up 3-1. Each side traded scores after that, making it 4-3 in favor of the Lakers, ranked No. 4 in the state coaches’ poll, at the end of the first quarter.
The Lakers, who won last year's state championship, went into the final quarter with a 9-6 lead, where Whittier completed his hat trick to give Prior Lake (10-3, 8-1) a 10-6 lead. Jung, meanwhile, finished with four goals.
Junior midfielder Jack Stone led No. 7 Eagan, which won last year’s South Suburban title, with two goals.
Eagan’s Jack Stone fights his way through two Prior Lake defenders during Tuesday night’s game in Eagan. Stone had two goals but the Wildcats fell to the Lakers 11-7. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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