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Boys lacrosse: Goals come in waves for Irish

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Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

It looks like starting the season with losses to two of the top teams in the state didn't have much of an effect on the Rosemount lacrosse team.

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The Irish have since put together a three-game winning streak, with the latest triumph coming by a 12-8 score on the road Monday at Apple Valley.

The Eagles led 6-4 at halftime, but the Irish rallied with eight goals in the third quarter to take a 12-7 lead into the fourth.

"We've been playing in waves. Last night against Apple Valley we had the lead, then they had the lead and all of a sudden we came together and scored eight goals," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. "Our halftime adjustments have really helped us excel in these last couple of games. We've put different guys in different positions and we're really attacking the field from a different direction."

Carter Yepsen led the visitors with four goals. Garrick Swanson contributed a hat trick and Grant VanOverbeke scored twice and handed out four assists. VanOverbeke joined 2012 graduate Matt Weller as the second 100-goal scorer in the program's short history.

Conner Yepsen added a pair of scores for the Irish and Mason Hille scored once.

Goaltender Shaun Skrbec saved 14 shots over the first 43 minutes to get the win.

The Irish scored the final goal of regulation and Carter Yepsen tossed in the game-winner in overtime to secure a 12-11 victory over Prior Lake last Thursday at the Savage Dome.

"The guys brought tenaciousness to their defense late in the game and were making all the plays they needed to," Kuehn said. "They didn't want to fall to 1-3. They knew what that would do to them in the section and they played hard to make sure that didn't happen."

Conner Yepsen once again paced the offense with five goals. Swanson scored a hat trick and Carter Yepsen finished with two goals and three assists.

Hille added a pair of goals, as well, and VanOverbeke scored once and contributed a team-leading five assists.

Skrbec stopped 12 Prior Lake shots.

Another third-quarter wave netted the Irish their first victory of the season last Tuesday at Lakeville North. Leading just 4-3 at halftime, the visitors outscored the Panthers 5-0 in the third quarter and pulled away, 13-8.

VanOverbeke and Swanson each scored three goals to pace the Irish. John Herron found the net twice and David Blanco, Simon Hatlen, Hille and the Yepsens scored one goal apiece.

The Irish (3-2) continue their busy schedule tonight when they host Lakeville South at Irish Stadium. Next week they play three games in five days against Jefferson, Kennedy and Woodbury.

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