RAHS girls lacrosse tumbles in section final

The Roseville Area High School girls lacrosse team faced a tall task when it took the field last week for a chance to advance to the state tournament. Not even home-field advantage was enough for the Raiders to slow down their high-scoring opponent.

Roseville hosted top-seeded and fourth-ranked Stillwater in the Section 4 championship game on June 7. The Ponies had scored 20 goals in each of their first two playoff games and had reached that mark five times during the regular season, including against the Raiders.

Roseville managed to hold Stillwater below its scoring average but that wasn’t enough to keep up with the Ponies. Stillwater jumped out to a 5-0 lead fewer than nine minutes into the match and rolled to a 13-4 victory.

After Stillwater scored the first five goals of the game, Roseville finally got on the board on a goal by Ciara Colvard 13 minutes into the first half. The Ponies answered three minutes later and then neither team scored again until Taylor Brown Thunder closed out the first-half scoring with 34 seconds left.

Stillwater snagged the first goal of the second half but Roseville answered with back-to-back tallies by Michaela Arnold and Colvard to trim the deficit to three goals. That would be as close as the Raiders would get, however, as Stillwater scored the final six goals of the game.

Colvard added an assist to go along with her two goals. Ellie Peine had the Raiders’ only other assist.

Stillwater reached the section by beating St. Croix Prep 20-1 in the quarterfinals and Mahtomedi 20-4 in the semifinals. By beating Roseville, Stillwater advances to the state tournament for the sixth consecutive season. Only Blake and Eden Prairie, the only teams to win the girls state tournament in its nine-year history, have been to state more than Stillwater

Roseville was in search of its first trip to state. 

Roseville opened the post-season with a 14-5 victory over Mounds View on June 2. Colvard paced the Raiders with five goals and an assist while Peine added a goal and four assists. Brown Thunder scored three goals, Karisa Vijums had two and Megan Zamow had a multi-point game with a goal and an assist.

The victory over Mounds View was the second of the season for the Raiders, who knocked off the Mustangs 10-5 in the regular season.

The win over Mounds View sent Roseville to the section semifinals and a return match against Hill-Murray. The Pioneers edged Roseville 14-12 in the final game of the regular season but the Raiders got their payback in the playoffs.

Despite being the lower seed, Roseville hosted Hill-Murray in the semifinal because the Pioneers’ stadium is undergoing a massive renovation. Roseville made the most of the opportunity to face the Pioneers at home and came away with a 9-5 victory.

Roseville outscored Hill-Murray 6-3 in the first half and was able to make that lead hold up through most of the second half.

Colvard again led the Roseville offense with six goals. Peine added two goals and an assist, Ellie Radovich scored Roseville’s other goal and Zamow and Alana Wall both added single assists.

The girls state lacrosse tournament runs June 14, 16 and 18 with games at Chanhassen High School on the first and third days and Minnetonka High School on the second day.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

 

Section 4 girls lacrosse playoffs

 

First round

Game 1 — St. Croix Prep 12, North St. Paul 5

 

Quarterfinals

Game 2 — Stillwater 20, St. Croix Prep 1

Game 3 — Mahtomedi 8, Tartan 5

Game 4 — Roseville 14, Mounds View 5

Game 5 — Hill-Murray 12, White Bear Lake 5

 

Semifinals

Game 6 — Stillwater 20, Mahtomedi 4

Game 7 — Roseville 9, Hill-Murray 5

 

Championship game

Game 8 — Stillwater 13, Roseville 4

 

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