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Boys' lacrosse All-American, all-state teams released

By Drew Cove, SportsEngine, 06/17/21, 1:30PM CDT


Benilde-St. Margaret's had a significant presence on both lists, with five players earning both All-American and all-state first team honors.

Benilde-St. Margaret's Drew Nylander cradles the ball around an oncoming Edina defender in a May 14 game. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Benilde-St. Margaret's Drew Nylander cradles the ball around an oncoming Edina defender in a May 14 game. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Another boys' lacrosse season is in the books and after another dominant regular season, Benilde-St. Margaret’s has taken a large share of the state’s All-American and all-state awards.

Attacker Matt Dowden, midfielders Paddy Burns and Jackson Leischow, defender Braxton Bogen and faceoff specialist Drew Nylander each received All-American honors, giving the Red Knights the most selections of any team with five. No other program had more than one player on the list.

Dowden led the team with 53 goals while Burns, who was also the 2021 Star Tribune Boys' Lacrosse Metro Player of the Year, finished the season with 50 goals and 27 assists.

All five players also were named all-state first team by the state's coaches. The lists were released last week.

Benilde-St. Margaret's attacker Carson Brandt and goalie Justin Dalum appeared on the all-state second team.

Chanhassen attacker Tyr Christianson, who tied Brandt and St. Thomas Academy attacker Brian Goblisch for the state’s lead in assists (51), was an All-American and first team all-state first member, helping give the Storm four players with all-state honors — second most of any program. Midfielder Brady Grandstaff (second team), long-stick midfielder Cade Reding (second team) and faceoff specialist Dylan Kendrick (third team) joined teammate Christianson on the lists.

Goblisch was an all-state third team selection, while Cadets midfielder Baker Reding (first team) and defender Giuseppe Chiovera (honorable mention) also earned nods. 

Each player on the all-state first team was also an All-American. Attacker Will Foster (Eden Prairie), midfielder Ethan Mostrom (Shakopee) and faceoff specialist Tyler Kloecki (Farmington) were all-state second team selections who also were All-Americans this year.

See the complete All-American and all-state lists below.

All-American Team

Position Name School
Attacker Tyr Christianson Chanhassen
Attaacker Matt Dowden Benilde-St. Margaret's
Attacker Levi Lemke Mahtomedi
Midfielder Paddy Burns Benilde-St. Margaret's
Midfielder Jackson Leischow Benilde-St. Margaret's
Midfielder Baker Reding St Thomas Academy
Defender Braxton Bogen Benilde-St. Margaret's
Defender Nolan Cobb Bloomington Jefferson
Defender Matthew Kallberg Prior Lake
Faceoff Specialist Drew Nylander Benilde-St. Margaret's
Long-Stick Midfielder Gage Reiners Edina
Goalie AJ Preachuk Lakeville North
Attacker Will Foster Eden Prairie
Midfielder Ethan Mostrom Shakopee
Faceoff Specialist Tyler Kloecki Farmington

All-State Team

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