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

MCKENZIE JOHNSON

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.”

RYAN GALLAGHER

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.

KA LIA HER

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.

KELSEY IHNS

East Ridge • softball

The junior pitcher had her way with White Bear Lake in a doubleheader last week, pitching a no-hitter in a 4-0 victory in the first game and following with a 15-strikeout effort in a 2-1 victory in the nightcap. She is 8-4 with a 1.72 ERA this season.

NATALIE STOCKMAN

Norwood Young America • softball

The junior outfielder/pitcher was a force at the plate, helping the Minutemen clinch their first Minnesota River Conference title since 1984. She was 12-for-17 with four home runs, four doubles, a triple, 23 RBI and a 1.764 slugging percentage.

AKEEM SIRLEAF

North St. Paul • Track and field

Last Tuesday was a record-setting day for the sophomore sprinter. Heating up to match the 90-plus-degree temperatures, Sirleaf won four events at a Classic Suburban Triangular. He placed first in the 100 (10.9 seconds), 200 (22.5) and 400 (51.3) and set a school record in the long jump (22 feet, 5.5 inches).

DYLAN DRESEL

Forest Lake • baseball

The Rangers won six of seven games last week with Dresel, a senior, providing much of the offense. He had 16 hits in 25 at-bats (.640) with seven doubles, two triples, a homer, nine RBI and 10 runs scored.

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