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Boys Top Games: Lakeville South faces Northfield in a 2016 postseason rematch

By Peter Odney, SportsEngine, 04/17/17, 11:15AM CDT


Lakeville South's run to the Section 1 finals included a win over Northfield in the quarterfinal round.

Lakeville South cruised to the Section 1 title last season and returns two of its three leading scorers in 2017. Photo by Nick Wosika, SportsEngine

Learning to live without varsity mainstay Donavon Dempsey (68 points in 2016) will be a process for Lakeville South, but the Cougars return numerous pieces from last season's squad that outscored its first two Section 1 playoff opponents 37-15 en route to the title match. 

One of those unlucky teams that lined up opposite of Lakeville South was Northfield. The Raiders will open the season with another effort to contain Lakeville South standouts: junior midfielder David Byers (27-16-43 in 2016), senior attacker Burk Substad (25 goals) and defensive stalwart Shane Corcoran

Back for Northfield is senior midfielder Chase Marlenee (34-11-45) and senior attacker Griffin Loecher (19-18-37). Loecher is coming off a hockey season which saw him guide the Raiders to their first state tournament appearance.

Can the Cougars take the next step without Dempsey? Can Loecher bring some of his ice magic to the lacrosse field? 

We'll find out when the Top Game of the Week takes place on Thursday. 

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