Prep athletes of the week: Goal-stopping skills work well in two sports for Eden Prairie's Johnson

  • Updated: May 20, 2013 - 11:26 PM

McKenzie Johnson, Eden Prairie lacrosse/hockey


Eden Prairie • lacrosse

Better known as a hockey goalie, the senior is also a five-year standout in goal for the Eagles’ lacrosse team and the only remaining player from their 2009 state championship team.

Hockey might be her passion, but Johnson is just as dedicated in lacrosse.

“Nothing compares to hockey,” she said. “But I love playing lacrosse. It’s great to be a part of such a successful team.”

Her skills were on display last week. In a sport where the best goalies stop about 60 percent of the shots they face, Johnson made 27 saves on 38 shots — a .711 save percentage — as the No. 1-ranked Eagles downed No. 4 Minnetonka 7-6 and No. 10 Cretin-Derham Hall 19-5.

Even more impressive was how Johnson stonewalled the Raiders on eight-meter free shots (the equivalent to a soccer penalty kick), stopping all six attempts she faced.

“[That’s] an unmatched statistic,” Eden Prairie co-head coach Judy Baxter said in an e-mail.

Like all good goalies, Johnson was quick to credit the players in front of her for her success.

“We have a great defense,” she said. “Everyone contributes.”


Mounds View • Golf

In three 18-hole meets last week, the senior shot a combined even-par 215. He shot a 4-over 75 in a meet at River Oaks Golf Club. He then medaled in back-to-back meets at Highland Golf Club and Hastings Country Club, shooting a 2-under 70 in both.


St. Paul Johnson • badminton

The No. 2 seed in singles in the badminton state tournament, Her concluded her senior season in style. She won the singles state championship by defeating Raven Klein of Burnsville 21-16, 21-16. She also paced the Governors to their fourth consecutive team state championship.


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