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Woodbury boys lacrosse: Royals edged by Wolfpack

Woodbury came a goal shy of Park in a game that counted for cross-district bragging rights and section seeding on Monday, May 19.

The Royals fell 10-9 to the Wolfpack at home in a back-and-fourth game that often features playing for the Warrior Cup, a trophy that travels among the South Washington schools. Unfortunately, East Ridge claimed the cup earlier in the season with a victory over Woodbury, and Park subsequently lost to the second-place Raptors later. The winning team keeps the cup until next season.

Lee Broadbent led the Royals offensively against the Wolfpack with four goals and an assist. Broadbent also guided Woodbury’s offense for the season with a team-best 33 points.

“He is the focal point of our offense and really quarterbacks everything that happens in the offensive zone,” Royals coach Jason Worwa said. “Opposing teams know who he is and they focus their defense in an attempt to stop him, but Lee will always find a way to create something for himself or a teammate.”

Among his teammates against Park, Gavin Thomas had a pair of goals and assists. Blake Apanian also scored a goal and assisted on one.

Nick Walsh grabbed a team-high five ground balls, and Gavin Warner picked up four. Chris Rolfing stopped 15 shots in goal.

They Royals had trouble with Zach Bezek and Carter Dosemann of Park as each scored three goals. Lauden Rinzel, Nick Perry and Brent Wallace all added goals too. Park’s Jeremy Scollick stopped 12 shots for the win in goal.

After one quarter, the Royals had a 3-2 lead following a 3-0 start, but the Wolfpack put up four goals in the second quarter for a 6-5 halftime lead. It proved to be the difference as the two rivals traded goals evenly in the second half.

“I was really proud of how well our boys played, in spite of our record, our players have not once quit in a game or hung their heads in defeat,” Worwa said.

Woodbury closed the regular season on Thursday, May 22 in a 12-1 loss at Minnetonka. The Royals (2-10, 2-7 Suburban East Conference) began section tournament play this week.

—Matthew Davis