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Benilde-St. Margaret's boys outlast Chanhassen

By Mike Randleman, SportsEngine, 05/16/23, 7:45AM CDT


The Red Knights' third-quarter surge was enough to stave off the Storm's fourth-quarter comeback attempt.

Benilde-St. Margaret junior Gus Bell with a shot that resulted in one of his three goals against Chanhassen. Bell also added an assist in the Red Knights' 13-8 victory. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Minnesota lacrosse fans got the matchup they wanted, but Benilde-St. Margaret’s quickly took the air out of a highly anticipated matchup.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s, ranked No. 1 in the May 16 coaches poll, routed No. 2 Chanhassen 13-8 Tuesday at Chanhassen High School.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s' winning streak spanning three seasons increased to 42 games. Aside from a pair of state championships in 2021 and 2022, few victories meant as much as this road win at a Metro West Conference rival.

Storm attacker Carter Van Holland (4) with an acrobatic shot Tuesday against visiting Benilde-St. Margaret. Van Holland had 2 goals in the loss. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

First Report

Benilde-St. Margaret’s extended its win streak to 42 after coming out on top in a battle of unbeatens.

The Red Knights, ranked No. 1 in the May 16 coaches poll, won 13-7 at the No. 2 Chanhassen Storm.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s was led by junior Gus Bell, who had three goals and an assist. Goalie Axel Esco made eight of 15 saves (.467).

Chanhassen was paced by a hat trick by junior Daxton Bush and a pair of goals by senior Carter Van Holland. Goalie Grant Penttinen made eight of 21 saves (.381).

Benilde-St. Margaret’s improved to 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the Metro West Conference. Chanhassen dropped to 9-1 and 4-1, respectively.

The last game the Red Knights lost was an 11-10 double overtime game at Chanhassen on May 4, 2021.

Red Knight goaltender Axel Esso (27) stopped 8 of 15 shots taken by Chanhassen May 15, preserving a 13-8 Benilde-St. Margaret victory. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

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