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Prior Lake repeats as girls' lacrosse champions

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 06/18/21, 3:45PM CDT


The top-seeded Lakers trailed early against No. 2 Lakeville South but first-half hat tricks from Payton Bloedow and Mackenzie Salentre keyed a 15-7 victory.

Prior Lake's Mackenzie Salentre (21) scores one of her six goals in the Lakers' 15-7 win over Lakeville South on Friday at Stillwater High School to win the girls' lacrosse state championship. Photo: Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

In search of a big W, the Prior Lake girls’ lacrosse team turned up its D.

The defending state champs trailed Lakeville South by two goals early in the state tournament championship game. Then Lakers coach Heather Pierson made a key adjustment.

“We have a lot of tricks in our pocket,” Pierson said. “We said, ‘Let’s switch it up and put some high-pressure defense on them.’ ”

First report

Prior Lake repeated as girls’ lacrosse state tournament champions with a 15-7 victory against Lakeville South on Friday afternoon at Stillwater High School.

The No. 2 seed Cougars (16-2) grabbed an early 3-1 lead. Then No. 1 seed Prior Lake (17-1) got rolling. The Lakers closed out the first half on an 8-0 run for a 9-3 advantage.

Seniors Payton Bloedow and Mackenzie Salentre each tallied hat tricks in the first half.

When the Lakers defeated South 13-9 on May 13 in South Suburban Conference action, the Cougars led by a goal at halftime. Then Prior Lake outscored the Cougars 6-1 in the decisive second half.

A glimpse of hope for South came as the Cougars scored the first goal in the second half of Friday’s rematch. But the Lakers responded with four unanswered goals to maintain control.

Lakeville South also finished second at the 2015 state tournament.

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