Molly Moynihan (5) of Apple Valley battles Sophie Skallerud (17) for the ball. Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii•rtsong-taatarii@startribune
Apple Valley scored seven unanswered goals in the heart of the game to defeat Blake 11-6 on Thursday in the semifinals of the girls’ lacrosse state tournament at Chanhassen High School. The Eagles advance to the title game for the first time in school history.
The outburst, starting late in the first half and extending in the second, including four goals by Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year Reagan Roelofs, to take a 10-3 lead. Roelofs finished with five goals.
“I don’t want to get too cocky,” Roelofs said about her and the team’s confidence. “We are going to take this game as a hard-fought battle and turn it into something to push us to the state championship.”
The Eagles limited the Bears with full-length pressure defense. The Bears went through stretches, including the time-frame that the Eagles built their big lead, in which they had difficulty making passes. Bears goaltender Lucia Warner was forced to hold the ball for long stretches.
Apple Valley scored seven unanswered goals to defeat Blake 11-6 on Thursday and advance its first state championship lacrosse game.
Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year Reagan Roelofs scored five goals to help the Eagles put away the game at Chanhassen High School.
Sophia Leong scored her second goal of the game with 3:58 left in the first half to put the Eagles ahead for good. She and her sister, Lily, got the Eagles off to a good start with a goal each in the first four minutes of the game.
Molly Moynihan had two goals and two assists and Josie Segar scored a goal for the Eagles.
The third seeded Bears went on a run in the second half, but could get any closer than four goals. Sophie Skallerud scored three of her four goals in a 7-minute late in the second half. Sara McClanahan scored two goals for the Bears.
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