One last line of defense helped keep a spotless win-loss record for Champlin Park all season through their section title run.
Senior goalie Bryce Plunkett has come up with key saves when needed in tight games, which allowed the Rebels to go 9-0 in the regular season and win the Northwest Suburban Conference title. A triple overtime win over Bloomington Jefferson and a one-goal win against Wayzata highlighted his stellar senior season.
“His best games have been against our toughest opponents in Eastview, Jefferson and Wayzata,” Rebels coach Eric Borer said. “Our team has the utmost confidence in his play and that gives us a boost in tight games.”
Plunkett allowed four goals in all of their Section 7 tournament title run on May 30 through June 4. He had eight saves in the 9-2 championship win over Blaine on Wednesday, June 4, at Irondale High School, and he stopped four in the Rebels’ 12-2 win against Centennial on May 30.
Besides Plunkett in goal, Champlin Park’s defense has been tough to get past. No opponent has scored more than eight goals against them, and only five of those teams posted five or more goals in a loss to the Rebels.
“Our defense in front of him does a tremendous job in keeping great opportunities away from him but he is a truly great shot stopper,” Borer said.
Plunkett certainly benefits from a strong defense. However, most lacrosse teams would also clamor to have a goalie of Plunkett’s ability level.
“Without the defense Bryce is still, I believe, the top one or two goalies in the state,” Borer said. “His ability to make a save and then start transition with his outlet passes is unbelievable. Bryce can put the ball right in the stick of a streaking midfielder 50 yards down field.”
Such play helped the Rebels control the ball against the Bengals in the Section 7 title game. Blaine mustered only 10 shots on goal.
“We controlled the ball really well and had the majority of possessions,” Borer said. “They made a push with two goals in the third quarter, but our defense and terrific face-off play by Evan Schraut held us together.”
Seven different Rebels scored goals to secure the 9-2 victory. Dylan Fettig knotted two goals and an assisted along with getting four ground balls. Luke Dalman also scored twice and assisted once. Justin Linderholm, Nick Bunde, Max Turgeon, Gage Monson and Trent Molnau all scored goals in the victory.