Prior Lake's Mackenzie Salentre (21) scored four times against Edina Thursday evening. The Lakers advanced to next week’s state tournament with an 11-6 victory over the Hornets in the Section 6 final in Edina. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Prior Lake's Payton Bloedow tucks an underhand shot into the goal against Edina Thursday evening. Bloedow had three goals in the Lakers’ 11-6 victory over the Hornets in Edina. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
A day prior to Thursday’s Section 6 final against Edina, Prior Lake senior midfielder Mackenzie Salentre braved the 90-degree heat to spend an extra hour working on her shot.
That extra work paid off. Salentre led the charge for the Lakers, as her four goals and one assist proved crucial for No. 2 seed Prior Lake in besting top-seeded Edina 11-6 at Kuhlman Field to capture the section championship and return to the state tournament.
Though the Lakers (15-1) were ranked No. 2 in the final coaches’ poll of the season, they were considered underdogs against the No. 1 Hornets. The two teams had met at the start of the regular season in mid-April, resulting in Edina winning 10-8.
The Hornets (14-1) got out to a strong start on Thursday behind their star scorer, senior midfielder Haley Reeck. She entered the game with 74 goals this season and added three in the first half.
Reek’s performance helped Edina go ahead by as many as three goals in the first half, but that didn’t seem to faze the Lakers, who won the most recent girls’ lacrosse state championship in 2019 (there was no 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Edina’s Cordelia Flemming (17) scored twice for the Hornets in her team’s 11-6 loss to Prior Lake in the Section 6 championship game at Kuhlman Field in Edina. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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