Though some spring sports got their seasons going before April hit, the lacrosse season will wait until April 12 to get things going. Both the boys and girls' lacrosse seasons will kick off that day with 16 games taking place.
On the boys' side, none of the 12 teams opening the season that Tuesday made the state tournament in 2017. However, one matchup that does stick out is Tartan traveling to White Bear Lake.
These east side foes will open the season against each other in a Section 4 matchup. In 2017, the Titans ended the Bears' season 18-7 in the section semifinal. Tartan ultimately lost the section final to Mahtomedi, but the Titans will look to break through this season.
A day to circle on the boys' schedule is April 28. That Saturday features 14 games, including a pair of matchups between some of the state's best. Eagan will head to Benilde-St. Margaret's that day in a rematch of the 2017 state championship, which the Wildcats won 19-12.
That same day, Wayzata and Mahtomedi will face off. Both the Trojans and Zephyrs made the state tourney last season, with both advancing to the semifinals before having their seasons stopped a game short of the title match.
The girls' season kicks off on April 12 with 10 games. This slate features a matchup between Lakeville South and Owatonna.
Though they are in different conferences, the Cougars and Huskies will clash in a game that will likely have implications on Section 1 seeding, a carrot on a stick for teams looking to get over the section playoff hump and into the state tournament.
Another game to watch will be Prior Lake versus Farmington on May 3. The Tigers will host their South Suburban Conference rival in a rematch of the 2017 state tournament third-place game. The Lakers got the best of Farmington 14-4 last season and will look to build on their success last year.
The game that will likely receive the most attention is Blake versus Eden Prairie. This clash of the titans will take place May 24 at Blake. The Eagles beat the Bears 16-10 in last year's state championship.
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