Rebels presence a strong one in first Laxtoberfest
Lacrosse teams advance to title games in varsity and JV boys tournaments
There were two constants when the first ever Laxtoberfest concluded Sept. 16 at Champlin Park High School.
First and foremost was the quality of the teams in both the varsity and junior varsity tournaments, both of which featured a field littered with legitimate state tournament contenders.
Secondly, the only fraction of the tournament that was arguably more impressive than the teams themselves was the play of the host Rebels.
Champlin Park advanced to the championship game at both levels. In the varsity tournament, that pitted the Rebels against last year’s state champions from Eastview.
The Rebels built a 3-1 first quarter advantage in the match-up, but would lost 7-4 to the Lightning. But that didn’t little to stymie the optimism Champlin Park will bring into the spring season.
Their play leading up to the title game heightened it too much.
Champlin Park opened with a 7-1 victory over Lakeville North, then avenged a season-ending loss from a year ago by beating defending state runner-up Eden Prairie with a 3-2 win.
The Rebels followed that victory with a 7-6 win over Rosemount, advancing into the bracket portion of Laxtoberfest with a perfect 3-0 record in pool play.
Champlin Park went on to roll over White Bear Lake 10-2, before eventually falling to Eastview in the final.
In the junior varsity competition, Champlin Park also advanced into the championship game, only to lose to Osseo/Park Center 8-3.
The Champlin Park JV opened the tournament with a 8-7 victory over Anoka, but then dropped back-to-back games against Eden Prairie (8-6) and East Ridge (3-2).
The Rebels ended up meeting Eastview in the semifinals, where the team rode a 3-goal spurt in the opening quarter to a 5-2 victory before losing to Osseo/Park Center in their next game.
- Compiled by Nick Clark