Lacrosse teams slogging through tough weather

LV South girls start 5-1, beat 2013 state qualifier Burnsville

This spring’s unpredictable weather has affected almost every high school spring sport, although lacrosse has gotten by with fewer disruptions than most.

Apple Valley and Prior Lake are off to undefeated starts and shared the lead in South Suburban Conference girls lacrosse at 2-0 as of Wednesday. Close behind were Lakeville South and Burnsville, both of which were 2-1 in the league following South’s 11-5 victory over the Blaze on Tuesday.

Farmington, meanwhile, was tied for first in Missota Conference girls lacrosse and had the league’s best overall record at 4-1.

Prior Lake, Bloomington Jefferson and Rosemount maintained undefeated records in SSC boys lacrosse. As of Wednesday the Lakers were 3-0 in league play with Jefferson and Rosemount both 2-0.

Farmington was 5-1 overall and tied with Holy Angels for the Missota Conference lead.

Girls highlights

The first-place tie between Apple Valley and Prior Lake in the South Suburban would have been broken Tuesday night if bad weather had not intervened. The Eagles-Lakers game now will be May 9.

Apple Valley improved to 4-0 overall with a 17-12 victory April 24 over Lakeville North, last year’s state runner-up. It was the first time an opponent had come within 10 goals of the Eagles.

Blayr Thompson and Reagan Roelofs had eight-point nights for the Eagles. Thompson had six goals and two assists, while Roelofs had five goals and three assists. Jessica Cashman scored three goals.

Logan Dobratz had four goals and three assists and Emmie Madsen scored three times for Lakeville North, which has started 1-4.

Lakeville South improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference with an 11-5 victory Tuesday at Burnsville. Madeline Canney had four goals and two assists and leads the South Suburban in scoring with 40 points. Brooke Galle (30 points) and Logan Halvorson (26) also are among the conference’s scoring leaders.

Burnsville dropped to 3-2 overall after winning its first three games. The Blaze, a veteran team with 13 seniors on its roster, is led by midfielder Lindsey Coleman, an all-tournament selection at state last year. Kallie LaValle, Briita Nelson and Bailey Childs also are among the Blaze’s top returning players.

Farmington is 4-1 after beating Eastview 11-6 in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon. Rachael Welzin had four goals and Becky Genzler had two goals and an assist for the Tigers.

Farmington has played three games against teams from the South Suburban, the conference the Tigers will join next year. The Tigers have victories over Rosemount and Eastview. Their only loss this season was 8-7 to Lakeville South.

Boys highlights

Rosemount looked more and more like a state championship contender after blitzing Eagan 16-3 at Eagan last Friday. The Irish (4-0 overall) scored seven goals in the first quarter and led 16-1 after three. Connor Yepsen had six goals and Carter Yepsen four for the Irish.

Rosemount is scheduled to play Prior Lake at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Savage Sports Center in a game that could break up the logjam near the top of the South Suburban standings.

Prior Lake is coming off a 7-3 victory over Apple Valley on Tuesday in a game between teams ranked among the state’s top 10. The Eagles are 4-2 after winning their first four games of the season.

Lakeville South is 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the South Suburban, while Lakeville North has played just three matches, winning two.

South evened its record with a 12-10 victory Tuesday at Burnsville. Tommy Duckstad scored four goals on eight shots for the Cougars. Donavon Dempsey and Trent Substad each had hat tricks.

South lost its first two games but has won three of its last four.

Last week, Lakeville North beat Apple Valley 6-5 in a South Suburban game and routed Stillwater 15-3 in non-conference play.

Eastview has had a surprising start – surprising because the Lightning, a state championship game participant the last two seasons, is 0-3. The three teams that have beaten the Lightning – Bloomington Jefferson, Rosemount and Champlin Park – all are ranked in the top 10 in the state.

Farmington defeated Chaska 11-0 in its lone Missota Conference game so far this season. On Tuesday the Tigers edged St. Thomas Academy 6-5 in a non-conference game. Corey Rudrud was involved in five of Farmington’s goals against STA, scoring four and assisting on the other. Mitch Hilton had a goal and two assists.