From there, Champlin Park will head into the Section 6 tournament, which features state powers Eden Prairie and Minnetonka as well as Maple Grove, Armstrong, Wayzata and eight other schools.
First loss lights fire under Champlin Park
Those were the same words Borer shared with his team in the moments after the loss to Armstrong. Within 48 hours, the Rebels took notice.
time. Matt Blaeser scored five times in the victory, and Ryan McNeil added three goals. Zack Turgeon netted a pair, and Luke Dalman, Connor Smith, Nike Lebron 10 Elite Crimson
The Rebels got Centennial out of the way Wednesday, and then took it to Chaska/Chanhassen in a 15 3 non conference victory April 27. Saturday, May 5.
Next week, Coon Rapids and Robbinsdale Cooper are on the schedule, and the team finished up its regular season by playing at Maple Grove May 14 and then at home against Wayzata May 17.
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to execute that type of game plan. Most of the attack group has been playing together for at least three seasons, and they helped turn Champlin Park into a legitimate boys high school lacrosse program.
Champlin Park ripped through Centennial April 25, coming back from a 3 1 first period deficit to outscore the Cougars 13 1 the rest of the way in what amounted to a 14 4 victory.
From an outsiders perspective, the defeat outlined a troubling scenario. The Rebels pounded both Elk River and Anoka to open the season, erupting for 42 total goals in back to back lopsided victories that left Champlin Park with a head turning 2 0 start to the season.
For those still new to the high school lacrosse scene, that a murderer row of possible section playoff opponents.
"That team is one of the best we will play all year long," said Armstrong head coach Ross Brower. "Their forwards are as good as we will see. Nothing comes easy against them."
"When we have the ball and when we keep possession of it, we can be really good," he said.
"I think we learned some things," said head coach Eric Borer. "We got comfortable in what we were doing, and against better competition, that obviously wasn enough."
They would have preferred the reminder to come in the form of a victory, but with how the Champlin Park boys lacrosse team responded to its first defeat of the spring, the Rebels coaching staff has plenty of appreciation for the message that was sent.
That approach could be a prudent one, if for no other reason than the schedule appears to get tougher as the seasons goes on.
Dylan Saline and Max Turgeon also got on the board, proving right the theory Borer used after the Armstrong game to describe his club.
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The defensive side of the field is where Borer said he expected the group to undergo some growing pains. The Rebels played without three starters against Armstrong, but even so, that did little to take away their youth.
"We know it coming, but we kind of built our schedule so that we play our toughest competition towards the end of the season," Borer said. "We need to be ready for that tournament by the end of May, but for now, its one practice at a time, and one game at a time. The only way we can be successful then is by taking it one Nike Metcon Dsx Flyknit Black day at a time."
"Either way, we are young back there," Borer said. "They are playing well, but if they can elevate their game, who knows. We are just taking it game by game."
So was their undefeated start.
Two sophomores and a ninth grader started the game. Generally, it three sophomores on the back end.
But in this, their biggest game to date, things changed dramatically for the Rebels. Ball possessions, which seemed to come at will during the first week, were elusive from start to finish. The middle of the attack zone, which Champlin Park had feasted on, was gone.
Champlin Park dropped its first game of the season April 23, losing to Armstrong by a 9 6 count at home.
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