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No doubt, no tears: This time, it's Benilde-St. Margaret's over nemesis Prior Lake

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 06/19/21, 5:00PM CDT


The Red Knights, who lost to the Lakers in the last two boys' title games, impressed with a 16-6 victory for the program's first championship in 10 years.

Benilde-St. Margaret's players celebrate their 16-6 victory over Prior to win the boys' lacrosse state championship on Saturday at Stillwater High School. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior lacrosse standout Paddy Burns smiled for post-state championship game pictures with four friends around him and a medal between his teeth.

His Red Knights finally solved title game nemesis Prior Lake after failed attempts in 2018 and 2019. With a 16-6 victory Saturday at Stillwater High School, the Red Knights vanquished not only the Lakers, but three consecutive title game losses going back to 2017.

First report

Benilde-St. Margaret’s finally solved boys’ lacrosse postseason nemesis Prior Lake.

A 16-6 victory in the state tournament championship game played Saturday at Stillwater High School brought joy to the Red Knights after bitter losses to the Lakers in 2018 and 2019. What’s more, they ended three consecutive title game failures going back to 2017.

The victory brought their fourth state title overall and first since 2011.

No. 1 seed Benilde-St. Margaret’s (17-1) opened up a 7-2 halftime lead thanks to crisp ball movement and strong finishing on the offensive end.

Defensively, the Red Knights didn’t permit a goal in a span of almost 25 minutes stretching from late in the first quarter to late in the third quarter.

No. 3 Prior Lake (15-4), which fell 13-6 to Benilde-St. Margaret’s on May 1, could not get a lead in the rematch.

Check back later for more on the game.

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