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June 16, 2015 — Ending with a bang

This week is the final week of scholastic girls’ lacrosse, as Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine crown champions.

But as good as these games are likely to be, they’re going to have to go a long way to go to match the drama and competitiveness shown in Minnesota last week.

Yep, Minnesota.

Eden Prairie (Minn.), in a state semifinal against Stillwater (Minn.) Area, was down three goals in the final minute of play before tying the game at 14-14 to end the match into extra time. The final goal came when forward Sara Woodring dispossessed the Stillwater goalie, depositing the ball in the cage with a second left on the clock. Eden Prairie then got a goal in extra time from eighth-grader Brooke Lewis to make the difference in a famous victory for the program.

Eden Prairie would then take on Lakeville (Minn.) South, a team which had only allowed an opponent into double digits once this season. Lakeville South also had posted three shutout victories this season. But the Eden Prairie Eagles were a much tougher opponent. Indeed, after South had taken an early lead, Eden Prairie was on the front foot for most of the match, taking a three-goal lead deep into regulation.

But Lakeville South leveled with under six minutes to go at 12-12, and the teams traded goals through regulation before Eden Prairie’s Kelly Wolfe scored a golden goal to end the match in double-overtime. The game ended 14-13.

Now, in the grand scheme of girls’ scholastic lacrosse in the U.S., the Minnesota state title may not receive the attention and accolades of states where the game is practically religion. But these young women work just as hard as their counterparts in traditional lacrosse country, and Eden Prairie definitely earned its championship.

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