Quentin Matsui, a senior defender from Eden Prairie, was selected 2019 Mr. Lacrosse by the Minnesota Minute Men. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
The season is over but Eden Prairie’s Quentin Matsui isn’t done collecting honors. Selected the state’s best senior high school boys’ lacrosse player, Matsui was named Mr. Lacrosse for 2019 by the Minnesota Minute Men on June 16.
The award caps a big senior campaign for Matsui, who is fresh off a final state tournament appearance. The Eagles, who lost 4-3 to eventual state champion Prior Lake in the semifinal round on June 13, had made seven straight appearances at state before missing the tourney in 2018.
In addition to receiving the 2019 Mr. Lacrosse Award, Matsui was the first boys’ lacrosse defender to be chosen the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year earlier this season. He was also selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game later this month, then he’ll continue his career in college with one of the nation’s top lacrosse programs: Virginia.
The recipient of the Mr. Lacrosse and the Jake Anderson Mr. Goalie awards is decided annually by a panel of lacrosse experts, consisting of Minnesota State High School League and NCAA coaches, scouts, media members and referees. The winners are announced at the conclusion of each season at a banquet.
Finalists for the 2019 Mr. Lacrosse Award were: Jack Mohler of East Ridge; Luke Williams of St. Thomas Academy; Thomas Purfeerst of Rosemount; Blake Evensen of Stillwater; and Minnetonka’s Grant Brunsvold and Andrew DiFrancesco.
Chanhassen attackman Cole Grindberg,who now plays at Air Force, was selected Mr. Lacrosse in 2018.
East Ridge's Thomas Miles (left) was honored with this year's Jake Anderson Mr. Goalie Award. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine
Thomas Miles of East Ridge received 2019 Jake Anderson Mr. Goalie honors from the Minnesota Minute Men on June 16.
The senior goalie, committed to the Milwaukee School of Engineering, helped guide his team to an 11-2 regular-season record and a trip to the Section 3 final, where the Raptors lost 10-5 to St. Thomas Academy.
Miles registered nearly 800 minutes in goal this season, and had a .650 save % in 16 games. On June 10, Miles was named to the Star Tribune’s all-metro first team.
Edina goalie Wyatt Richards was the other finalist for this year’s Jake Anderson Mr. Goalie Award. Jack Courington from Eagan won the award a year ago.