Lakeville South's Emily Moes (11) scored a game-high seven goals in a nonconference matchup against Blake Friday evening. The Cougars defeated the visiting Bears 15-13. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Lakeville South didn’t need a win Friday against Blake to boost its section playoff seeding. The Cougars were already a shoo-in for the top seed in Section 1.
What Lakeville South coach Patrick Crandall wanted for his squad in the regular-season finale was to acclimate to the postseason pace that’s soon coming.
“Blake had a ton of speed. A lot of high lacrosse IQ,” Crandall said. “It’s good to play a team with high IQ, tenacious — a lot of speed. It really tests our players where we need to be and see where we need to work for practice next week.”
The Cougars (11-1, 7-1) passed the test, coming away with a 15-13 home win against the Bears (9-4, 1-0) in the nonconference opponents’ first matchup since Blake won a 2016 state quarterfinal game between the teams.
“It was really nice for our team to get some good competition in before sections start,” said sophomore midfielder Emily Moes, who had a game-high seven goals. “I think we really came together, how we’ve been wanting the whole season.”
Lakeville South's Brielle Fannin (22) had two goals and three assists in the team’s 15-13 victory over Blake Friday evening. Fannin leads the state in assists with 54 for the season. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Lakeville South’s top scorer, sophomore midfielder Emily Moes, had a game-high seven goals to lead the Cougars to a 15-13 defeat of Blake in a nonconference matchup to conclude the regular season for both teams at Lakeville South High School Friday.
The Cougars, ranked No. 3 in the coaches’ poll, never trailed in the first half but had to fend off No. 5 Blake, which evened the score twice, at 2-2, and again with four goals in a row to knot the score at 7. Lakeville South responded in the half’s final two minutes to take an 8-7 lead into halftime.
The two teams were tied again at 8 less than a minute into the second half before the Cougars began to take control. Four goals in a row helped them to a 12-8 lead midway through the half.
Lakeville South (11-1, 7-1) built its biggest lead at 14-9, and again at 15-10 with 3 minutes, 32 seconds remaining. Three goals from Blake (9-4, 1-0) in the game’s final 2 minutes 6 seconds, however, including one with two seconds remaining, trimmed the final score.
Blake was paced by five goals for sophomore midfielder Ellie Morrison. Blake’s top scorer, junior attacker Erin Lee, had three goals to reach 52 overall.
With Moes’ seven tallies, she now has 60 on the season — ninth-best in the state. Junior attacker Brielle Fannin dished a game-high three assists, and added two goals, for Lakeville South. Teammates Lauren Sheets and Tori Tschida provided support with each recording a hat trick.
Junior goalie Lindsay Wirfs made eight saves for the Cougars. Abby Ziehl, the Bears’ sophomore goaltender, had 11 saves.
Blake's Ellie Morrison (8) had a team-high five goals in the Bears' 15-13 loss to Lakeville South on Friday to conclude the regular season for both teams. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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