Rebels win NWSC, topple Trojans for unbeaten regular season
By Matthew Davis
Sun Post Newspapers
Champlin Park boys lacrosse has done one thing all season long – win.
The Rebels added their first Northwest Suburban Conference title to that list of achievements when they throttled Coon Rapids 15-1 on Thursday, May 22. To go along with a 14-goal rout, the Rebels also completed a 9-0 run in the NWSC.
“We have very happy to win the conference,” Rebels coach Eric Borer said. “This is the first conference championship in program history and we have done it with tremendous effort from 25 hard working young men.”
For the Coon Rapids game, the Rebels gave reserves ample playing time. Three players scored their first varsity goals. Danny Faulds scored two goals and assisted on one. Max Lehman, a midfielder, had a goal and an assist. Back-up goalie T.J. Johnson allowed just one goal and had four saves.
“It feels good to have only one goal allowed and get some nice passes in,” Johnson said.
The Rebels generally cruised through the NWSC with only one game being under a five-point margin. They held off Armstrong 9-9 on April 30.
“It’s kind of like the cherry on top of the cake or whatever you want to call it,” Rebels junior attack Nick Bunde said. “I think we just get awarded for it for how much work we’ve put into this season.”
Outside of conference play, the Rebels have made more noise with wins over top-ten teams Eastview and Bloomington Jefferson. Champlin Park’s celebration of a NWSC lasted just hours as they had to turn around and face a ranked Wayzata team the day after the Coon Rapids win.
“Tonight, we’ve got to start thinking about the game,” Bunde said following the win over the Cardinals. “So, immediately when we get home, we’ve got to start preparing, looking over plays and stuff.”
Bunde look more than prepared the next day against Wayzata when he fired in a last-second goal to give the Rebels a 4-3 halftime lead. The Rebels rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the half as they went on to beat the Trojans 5-4.
Gage Munson scored two goals in the victory for the Navy and Silver, including a goal in the fourth quarter to put his team up 5-3. Plunkett stopped 14 shots in goal.
The Rebels completed a 12-0 regular season, a first in school history. They will begin section tournament play next week since they have a bye this week.
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