Champlin Park boys lacrosse earns number two ranking
By Matthew Davis
Sun Post Newspapers
Pollsters have taken more notice than ever of Champlin Park boys lacrosse.
With an overtime victory over No. 5-ranked Bloomington Jefferson, the Rebels rose from No. 8 to No. 2 in the state coaches poll on Monday, May 12. Nick Bunde provided late-game heroics for the Navy and Silver by scoring the game-tying goal late in regulation against the Jaguars. He then scored the game-winning goal in the third overtime for the 8-7 victory on Saturday, May 10.
“A loss probably would have put us out of the top ten,” Rebels coach Eric Borer said.
Champlin Park rallied from three goals down in the fourth quarter to win that game, their fourth in six days. A busy game schedule left room for only one practice that week.
“The work ethic and belief that our team needed and showed to win today was unbelievable,” Borer said.
Michael Borrell earned the Rebels’ hard hat for his play against the Jaguars, hindering their top midfielder in Malik Ekpenyong. Borrell also scored a goal in the victory. Max Turgeon, Brody Sturm and Cole Groebner all scored goals for the Navy and Silver.
Bryce Plunkett stopped 13 shots in goal for the Rebels. Evan Shraut picked up four ground balls, and Borrell and Groebner each tallied three.
With a few days left in the season, Champlin Park sits in the driver seat for the Northwest Suburban Conference title, their first if they win. The Navy and Silver have yet to lose with a 9-0 mark overall and 7-0 in the NWSC.
“We are not focused on going unbeaten, but only on the next opponent,” Borrer said. “We are a good team that can have some great success if we continue to improve every time we step on the field.”
The Rebels kept the momentum going with a 10-1 rout over Maple Grove on May 12. Offensively, Gage Monson had six points to lead Champlin Park. Shraut picked up seven ground balls.
Turgeon added two goals for the Rebels’ win. Luke Dalman, Groebner and Justin Linderholm all added goals. Plunkett stopped seven host to earn the win in net.
The Navy and Silver hit double figures again on goals in a 10-2 against Elk River on Wednesday, May 14. Dalman led the offense with three goals, and Sturm scored a pair of goals. Dylan Fettig also chipped in a goal and assisted on one. Shraut had eight ground balls, and Linderholm picked up three.
“We executed our game plan very well,” Borer said about the wins.
Champlin Park will conclude their regular season at home on Friday with No. 6-ranked non-conference rival Wayzata at 7 p.m. Last year, the Rebels beat the Trojans 10-6 at Wayzata.
“In a lot of the other sports, Champlin Park and Wayzata usually meet,” Borer said of the rivalry. “Wayzata has had a lot of success against our other sports over the past couple years.”
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