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Boys lacrosse: Lightning halt streaking Irish

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Rosemount's seven-game winning streak ended Monday night, but head coach Lance Kuehn doesn't think a loss to one of the top teams in the state did much to slow his team's momentum.

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"I don't think we've lost any momentum last night. We played a good game and we're still in a good spot," he said. "It was a battle of two great teams and we were really happy with our performance. "

Defending state champion Eastview, ranked fourth in the state, scored four unanswered goals late in the third quarter to pull away from the sixth-ranked Irish 11-8 Monday night at Irish Stadium. The Lightning sit atop third-ranked Eagan in Section 3AAA, and the Irish find themselves in a familiar position, knowing they will have to knock one of them off in the section tournament to make it to the finals.

"We're kind of where everyone expected us to be," Kuehn said. "The guys know how hard we have to work to finish off the season so we can get the third seed and hopefully pull off an upset. That's been our place the last three years and we're looking to change the trend and make it through to the finals."

The Irish were competitive with the Lightning Monday night, staying within 6-5 at the halftime break.

"We usually play better in the second half, but they came back with four goals on us," Kuehn said. "We did come back a little bit, but they were hitting their shots and their goalie played excellent. They had a few more shots that were right on target and that was the difference."

Grant VanOverbeke led the Irish with three goals and an assist. Conner Yepsen scored twice and Trent Woodcock, Carter Yepsen and David Blanco added one goal apiece.

Goaltender Shaun Skrbec stopped 16 shots.

The Irish (7-3)close out the regular season with two more home games this week. They hosted Burnsville Tuesday night and are back at Irish Stadium tonight against Hill?Murray.

"I think we've got everyone in the right spots heading into the tournament. Guys have stepped in to fill some voids due to injuries," Kuehn said. "We've got some exciting things to look forward to in the playoffs and hopefully we see (Eastview) again."

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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