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Boys' Section 4 final: Mahtomedi cruises past White Bear Lake

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 06/05/19, 5:15PM CDT

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The Zephyrs built a nine-goal lead by halftime.

Mahtomedi's Nathaniel Graslewicz brings the ball into the offensive zone against White Bear Lake. The Zephyrs defeated the Bear 15-9 to advance to next week’s state tournament. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Mahtomedi's Nathaniel Graslewicz brings the ball into the offensive zone against White Bear Lake. The Zephyrs defeated the Bear 15-9 to advance to next week’s state tournament. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Colin Hagstrom’s role as the Mahtomedi lacrosse faceoff specialist typically is well-defined.

Battle for the faceoff, which he often does successfully. And then, get off the field.

But during the first half on Wednesday’s Class 4A championship game, officials told Hagstrom to get off and stay off. For three minutes.

That was Hagstrom’s penalty for using a stick that was too short. After a second quarter sequence where Hagstrom won the draw, then kept it himself and scored, White Bear Lake coaches asked the officials to have a closer look at Hagstrom’s stick. He was penalized and the goal was disallowed.

“My shaft was bent and that made it too short,” Hagstrom said.

White Bear Lake’s John McBride brings the ball upfield against Mahtomedi in the Section 4 final Wednesday night. The Bears fell to the Zephyrs 15-9. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

White Bear Lake’s John McBride brings the ball upfield against Mahtomedi in the Section 4 final Wednesday night. The Bears fell to the Zephyrs 15-9. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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