Boys lacrosse: Back-to-back blowouts
A 6-0 run to end the first quarter jump started the sixth-ranked Rosemount boys lacrosse team last Tuesday at Burnsville and helped propel the Irish to back-to-back lopsided victories over South Suburban Conference foes.
After disposing of the Blaze, 18-9, the Irish returned home Friday night to roll past Woodbury 16-2 at Irish Stadium.
"We got behind Burnsville and were wondering what was going on," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. "Then we settled things down and came out with a better sense of what it means to be a team ... what we have to do when we get down to work together and play better."
The Irish (3-1) scored seven more goals in the second period to take a 13-6 lead into the break. The defense buckled down after that, holding the Blaze to just three goals in the second half.
Conner Yepsen led eight Rosemount goal-scorers with five goals. Matt Weller added four goals and three assists for a team-leading seven points.
Grant VanOverbeke, Trent Woodcock and Chris Peterson each scored two goals and Carter Yepsen, Jake Mortenson and Logan Lindberg each added single goals.
Goaltender Chase Olson stopped seven shots.
Olson faced just six shots on goal and stopped four of them in last Friday night's rout over Woodbury.
The Wildcats scored both of their goals with a man advantage as the Irish racked up a nine penalties.
"Defensively we were rock solid," Kuehn said. "It was good to see the defense working together as a solid unit and the offense continue to score lots of goals."
The Irish scored six goals in the first quarter, then pulled away with seven unanswered scores in the final quarter.
Eight players once again got in on the scoring. Conner Yepsen led the charge with four goals and VanOverbeke tacked on three goals.
Weller, Lindberg and Woodcock each found the net twice and Carter Yepsen, Garrick Swanson and Sam Richardville each scored a goal.
The Irish took on Bloomington Jefferson Tuesday and are back in action Friday night against Prior Lake.