Panthers fall to Eden Prairie in lacrosse semifinals

Lakeville North will play in the state girls lacrosse tournament third-place game for the second year in a row after losing to Eden Prairie 13-8 in a semifinal game Thursday at Chanhassen High School.

The Panthers will take on Breck at 1 p.m. Saturday for third place at Chanhassen High. Eden Prairie faces Prior Lake in the championship game at 3:30.

Eden Prairie (17-1) led 4-0 less than five minutes into the semifinal game and the Panthers (13-3) couldn’t recover. Lakeville North did cut the deficit to two on three occasions in the first half and trailed 8-5 at halftime. Eden Prairie scored the first five goals of the second half, putting the Eagles in position to bleed the clock with long possessions.

Olivia Mattis had three goals and one assist for the Panthers, and Chloe Fisher had two goals and one assist.

Lakeville North, playing at state for the third time since 2013, finished fourth in the tournament last year. The Panthers also faced Eden Prairie in the semifinals in 2018, losing 18-3,

North boys 0-2 at state

Wayzata defeated Lakeville North 9-7 on Thursday in the state boys lacrosse consolation semifinals at Minnetonka High School.

The loss ended the season for the Panthers, who finished 11-6.

Lakeville North tied the game 7-7 midway through the fourth quarter on a goal by Keaton Mohs, but goals by Wayzata’s Thomas Seyfert and Andrew Sahli decided it.

The Panthers never led but tied the game four times, including a three-goal rally in the third quarter to pull even at 5-5.

Andrew Johnson had three goals and one assist for the Panthers. Mohs had a goal and two assists. Goalie A.J. Preachuk made 12 saves.

Lakeville North lost to Eden Prairie 14-10 in the state quarterfinals Tuesday.

This is the sixth consecutive year Lakeville North played in the state tournament. The Panthers’ highest finish during that streak was second in 2016.

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