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Twelve Minnesota boys' lacrosse players were named All-Americans by U.S. Lacrosse this week. Holy Angels, Chanhassen and Benilde-St. Margaret's all boast two selections each.
Jason Kraus led the state with 55 goals and 86 points in the regular season, while teammate Spencer Sande was the state's most dominant faceoff specialist, winning at an 84 percent clip. The duo helped Holy Angels reach the Section 6 semifinals where they lost 13-6 to Rosemount, but finished with a program-best 11-2 record.
Chanhassen's tandem of Cole Grindberg, this year's Mr. Lacrosse, and Jadon Kerry produced arguably the most dominant combo in the state. Grindberg and Kerry led the Storm to six straight wins to open the season, combining for 107 regular-season points, despite Kerry going down with an injury and missing the final two weeks of the regular season. He returned in the playoffs where Chanhassen fell to Minnetonka 9-7 in the Section 2 title game.
Benilde-St. Margaret's Buzz Williams, a Mr. Goalie finalist, compiled a .624 save average and was a centerpiece of one of the state's stingiest defenses. Sophomore defender Jack Rigley had 17 takeaways in the regular season as Benilde-St. Margaret's top defender.
View the entire All-American list below.
|Jason Kraus||12||Attackman||Holy Angels|
|Spencer Sande||12||Midfielder||Holy Angels|
|Jack Rigley||10||Defender||Benilde-St. Margaret's|
|Buzz Williams||12||Goalie||Benilde-St. Margaret's|
|Quentin Matsui||11||Defender||Eden Prairie|
|Brent Hauck||12||Longstick Midfielder||Lakeville North|
|Preston Jelen||12||Defender||Prior Lake|
|David Byers||12||Midfielder||Lakeville South|
The Minnesota State Boys Lacrosse Coaches Association selects the All-American list and submits it to U.S. Lacrosse.