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June 18, 2017 — The story ends with a three-peat in an unexpected place

The 2017 domestic girls’ lacrosse season ended yesterday with championship doubleheaders in Maine and in Massachusetts. Waterboro Massabesic (Maine) and Kennebunk (Maine), a pair of schools about 10 miles from each other near the New Hampshire border, won their respective Maine Principals Association titles. Further south, Cohasset (Mass.) and Needham (Mass.) brought their respective Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association to the southern suburbs of Boston.

There was one more state that finished out its girls’ lacrosse season, and it finished with a team winning its third straight state championship.

That team is Eden Prairie (Minn.), which beat Minneapolis William M. Blake (Minn.) 16-10 in the state final.

Blake had taken an early 3-0 lead, but the Eagles slowly wrested control of the game.

“They just really came out fearless,” Blake coach Sarah Fellows told The St. Paul Pioneer-Press. “They didn’t care who we were facing, and they knew they needed to start and play their game and I think we did a really good job of that.”

As so often happens, the team running out to a shock lead is not able to sustain the intensity. Eden Prairie took a 9-6 edge at the half, mainly thanks to sophomore Abby Johnson, who had six goals on the day. Senior star Naomi Rogge, who has committed to play ice hockey at Minnesota-Duluth, had four goals and an assist in the comeback.

Eden Prairie finished the season with an 18-1 record, with the only loss being to state champion Wilmette Loyola Academy (Ill.).

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