Congratulations to the Apple Valley Girls Lacrosse Team. The Eagles finished the season 17-1 and claimed their first state title. The Eagles won the Championship 11-10 over defending champion Eden Prairie.
The Eagles came from behind in the final minutes of the Championship Game to end Eden Prairie’s three-year reign as champion. The Apple Valley Eagles became just the third team to win a state title since Girls Lacrosse became sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League in 2007. The Eagles now join Eden Prairie and The Blake School in that special club.
The Eagles had accumulated a 92-25 record — 16-1 this season entering the Championship Game— over the past seven years.
“I’ll remember how much everyone wanted to do well and win, not by themselves but as a team,” Roelofs said. “We know that one person isn’t going to win it all for us. When one of us isn’t having our best game we have seven other seniors who can motivate and support you to get us back on our game.”
Apple Valley has made two additional state tournament appearances in that span, finishing third in 2012 and fourth in 2014.
The significance of that accomplishment was something coach Alexandra Ross has been aware of for some time. Apple Valley High School continues its streak of winning a State Team Title or True Team Title each year since 1987. Apple Valley High School has posted 118 Top 3 finishes in MSHSL State Athletic Playoffs or Arts Competitions. This marks the 63rd State Title for Apple Valley in its 42 year History.