Boys Lacrosse: Irish win first playoff game
Being the higher seed, the Rosemount boys lacrosse team felt good about its chances in the first round of the playoffs.
The Irish earned their first-ever home playoff game, and as the No. 5 seed they were set to take on 12th-seeded Simley.
Now Rosemount is hoping the seedings don't hold true.
The Irish beat Simley 14-7 on Tuesday at Apple Valley to earn its first playoff victory.
"You know, we came up one game short of our goal this season of being .500," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. "We beat some teams we haven't beat before. We scored more goals. We won a playoff game. It's been a pretty good season."
With Tuesday's victory, Rosemount was set to face fourth-seeded Apple Valley last night at Eastview. Results were not available at press time. Go to www.rosemounttownpages.com to see how the Irish fared.
Rosemount lost a close game to the Eagles, 6-4, in their second game of the season.
Rosemount got to this point because of how it turned around a tough finish to the season.
Before winning 14-7 in the playoffs, the Irish suffered three straight losses to end the season.
"The guys turned it around for the playoffs," Kuehn said. "You know, we had three good practices. Guys were working hard. it was nice to see them turn it around when they needed to."
The memories of struggling at the end of the regular season took a quick backseat once the playoffs began.
Matt Weller, Phillips McDonald and Bjorn Nilsen each scored four goals for the Irish against Simley. McDonald and Nilsen also had assists, as the Rosemount attackers controlled the game.
"What won the game was our fast break, unsettled offense," Kuehn said. "We were able to take advantage of our man-up situations. That's where we scored most of our goals.
"It was nice to see our attackers score 12 of the 14 goals. That gives us some diversity and we were really using the whole team."
Brian Thomas and Logan Lindberg each scored their first career varsity goal.
Senior captain Ben Lucius had two assists.