Boys Lacrosse: Irish win second straight opener
After a tough first season, the Rosemount boys lacrosse team won its season opener last year, in its second season of existence.
The Irish were able to follow up on the win by posting three straight to open last season before fading late.
Entering this season, Rosemount's goal is to increase it's win total for the third straight year.
There are a lot of games left before the Irish will know if they can increase their win total.
One thing is certain, though. Rosemount has shown the ability to start a season strong.
The Irish opened at home on Tuesday with a 5-3 win against Owatonna.
"Yeah, it was really good," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. "We had a good offense. We communicated well. The offense and defense were good, which we expected because we returned most of our attack. It was a good start to have, but we have some leaks we need to clean up for next time."
After last season's tough finish, Kuehn and the Irish aren't going to relax after one win. Rosemount wants to keep the good feelings going a bit longer than last season.
Bjorn Nilsen led the attack with two goals. Captain Ben Lucius, Sam Bishop and Jake Mortenson also scored.
Danny Long played his first varsity game in goal, and responded by making 10 saves on 13 shots faced.
"Danny did a good job in goal," Kuehn said. "We had a lot of production from the new guys."
Kuehn is pleased with the victory and how the Irish are playing at this point in the season.
"I think we are where we need to be right now," Kuehn said. "But, we've found some things to work on in practice. We'll keep working on some new things. Fundamentally, we can be better offensively and defensively. It's a good start, especially with us only being outside four times. It's a tough part of the season since we start out so early."