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Seeding produces fresh challenge as lacrosse teams head to state

Forgive Moorhead boys lacrosse fans for doubting the randomness of the Minnesota State High School League's "random" draw that produced quarterfinal games against Benilde-St. Margaret's the past three years.

The Spuds avoided the Red Knights this year. That's the good news. The bad news? Moorhead gets No. 3 seed and defending state champion Lakeville North in the first round when quarterfinal play opens Tuesday at Eden Prairie High School.

State tournament brackets: Boys | Girls

Top seed Benilde-St. Margaret's tussles with Centennial this time while No. 2 seed Stillwater and No. 4 seed Eagan complete the higher seeds. Should the top-seeded teams advance, they move on to Chaska High School for the semifinals Thursday. The title game returns to Eden Prairie on Saturday.

Conversely, the girls start Tuesday at Chaska before moving to Eden Prairie for the Thursday semifinals and Saturday finals. On the girls side, Lakeville South earned the top seed ahead of South Suburban Conference rival Prior Lake (No. 2), defending champion Benilde-St. Margaret's (No. 3) and fourth seed Stillwater.

The Cougars take a 16-0 record into the state tournament playoffs and are led by Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year Tori Tschida and fellow all-state senior midfielders Sivanna O'Brien and Katie Grubbs.

The Benilde-St. Margaret's boys team offers a similar plethora of talent with all-state selections Gus Bell and Sky Rold up front and Nick Coppo on defense. And don't forget North and attackman Blake Piscitiello and two-time Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year Quinn Power controlling the X as a faceoff specialist.

Tickets

Cost ranges from $8 to $13. Tickets must be purchased online at mshsl.org/tickets.

. . .Streaming

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. . .More coverage

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. . .Tournament information

* The MSHSL's spectator guide

* Download and print the tournament program

* Star Tribune high school sports page.