Prior Lake players celebrate after winning their second consecutive state championship. Photo: NICOLE NERI • email@example.com
Prior Lake junior goalie Colin Nauertz inadvertently closed the door on his left middle finger leaving the house Saturday morning. Blood covered the ice he applied to numb the pain.
Hours later, Nauertz repeatedly slammed the door on Benilde-St. Margaret’s in the boys’ lacrosse state championship game, resulting in a 5-3 Lakers victory and a second consecutive title.
For the second consecutive year, the No. 2-seeded Lakers (16-3) got the better of the previously undefeated No. 1 Red Knights (18-1) at Chanhassen High School. Whatever Benilde-St. Margaret’s shots missed the net seemed to hit Nauretz, who made 10 saves on 13 shots on goal.
“I was really trying to hype myself up all day,” Nauretz said. “I just said, ‘Today’s the day to have a day,’ and I had a day.”
He wasn’t alone. Much of Prior Lake’s success depended on the ability of senior faceoff specialist Joey Barnard to stay with the Red Knights’ outstanding Jack Budniewski.
Budniewski, a junior, has verbally committed to play Division I lacrosse at Holy Cross. Saturday marked the end of Barnard’s lacrosse career. But he drew confidence from his training and quickness, and sought to win 70 percent of his faceoffs. He settled for winning five of 11.
Prior Lake attacker Riley Bachinski (45) gets congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal in the first quarter against Benilde-St. Margaret's. Photo: NICOLE NERI • firstname.lastname@example.org
A strong showing at the faceoff X and stingy goaltending led Prior Lake to a 5-3 victory against previously undefeated Benilde-St. Margaret’s and a second consecutive boys’ state championship.
As they did a year ago in the tournament, the No. 2-seeded Lakers (16-3) got the better of the No. 1 Red Knights (18-1) at Chanhassen High School.
Prior Lake faceoff specialist Joey Barnard held his own against the outstanding Jack Budniewski of Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Barnard won five of 11 faceoffs.
Laker goalie Colin Nauretz made 10 saves on 13 Red Knights’ shots.
Prior Lake led 2-0 after the first quarter and led 3-1 at halftime. For the game, five different Lakers scored.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s defeated Prior Lake 4-3 in overtime on May 4.
Check back later for more on the game.