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Minnesota State Tournament Preview

Rosemount senior Connor Yepsen
Rosemount senior Connor Yepsen

At the beginning of the 2014 season, 67 Minnesota teams set out on a quest for one goal: to reach the state tournament and play for a championship. After section playoffs those 67 teams are now down to eight, which have advanced into the tourney scheduled for June 10-14. Games will be played at Chaska and Chanhassen High Schools.

Top-seeded Rosemount have to be considered the favorite after a hard-fought sectional battle with second-ranked Prior Lake. The Irish are led by the Yepsen twins, Carter and Connor, who will both attend Robert Morris University in the fall.

Second-seed Eden Prairie are the defending state champions and boast a pair of Division 1 players of their own: Charlie Venable (Holy Cross) and Ronnie Spielman (Ohio State). The lone undefeated team in the state, Champlin Park were a perfect 15-0 and are seeded third , followed by Blake and Lakeville North.

Section Winners

  1. Lakeville North (13-3) – Panthers defeated Rochester John Marshall, Rochester Century and crosstown-rival Lakeville South to advance. Ranked #7 in the final MSHSL poll.
  2. Eden Prairie (14-2) – The Eagles cruised to a section title defeating Chaska (18-0), Chanhassen (15-8) and Edina (14-9). Ranked #3 in last poll.
  3. Rosemount (14-1) – It wasn’t an easy road for the top-ranked Irish, who faced Eastview in the semifinal before #2-ranked Prior Lake in the championship.
  4. Mahtomedi (9-6) – A surprise section champion, the Zephyrs eliminated Hill-Murray and Stillwater before their upset over top-seed East Ridge.
  5. White Bear Lake (14-1) – A ‘quiet’ one-loss team, the Bears were ranked #11. Only loss was to Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Defeated Irondale, Totino-Grace and Mounds View in section play.
  6. Blake (13-3) – The Bears could be a troublesome opponent. After losing their two opening games Blake is 13-1, their only setback was a 4-3 loss against Eden Prairie.
  7. Champlin Park (15-0) – the other ‘quiet’ team this season. The lone undefeated team in the state, strength of schedule had the Rebels ranked #3 in the final poll.
  8. Wayzata (12-4) – Trojans lost four one-goal games this season, three of those against state tournament teams (Eden Prairie, Lakeville North, Champlin Park).

2014 Minnesota State Tournament Quarterfinals

  • Rosemount vs Mahtomedi
  • Eden Prairie vs White Bear Lake
  • Champlin Park vs Wayzata
  • Blake vs Lakeville North

College Committed State Tournament Players

NCAA Division I

  • Thomas Blease, Blake – Hobart College
  • Ronnie Spielman, Eden Prairie – Ohio State University
  • Charlie Venable, Eden Prairie – College of the Holy Cross
  • Carter Yepsen, Rosemount – Robert Morris University
  • Connor Yepsen, Rosemount – Robert Morris University

NCAA Division II

  • Luke Dalman, Champlin Park – University of Mount Olive
  • Matt Johnson, Rosemount – Wingate University

NCAA Division III

  • Grant Oie, Blake – Beloit College

About the author

Scott Ludwig

Scott is a life-long sports media fanatic. Beginning at the young age of 15, he was first published in the local newspaper covering prep athletics. Based in the Twin Cities, Scott has covered many sports over the years and fell for the sport of box lacrosse after attending the first Minnesota Swarm game in December of 2004. He blogs at The Lacrosse News. You can reach him on Google+ or @TheLaxNews on Twitter.


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